The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) has implemented a bin tagging program on behalf of the Cities of Melville, Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle as part of the ongoing education after the rollout of the Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) 3-Bin system.

3,912 properties have been selected  for the program which commenced on Monday 17 February 2020 and paused due to COVID-19.

The Bin Tagging Program resumed on Monday, 24 August 2020 to ensure completion by December 2020.

Check out our 3-Bin FAQ's and What Goes in What Bin pages for more helpful information.

3-Bin FAQ's    What Goes In What Bin

Bin Tagging FAQs

How will it work?

SMRC Waste Education Officers will make a visual inspection of the contents of all three bins.

The aim is educating the residents on the correct use of their three bins and provides individual feedback via bin tags, complete with a smiling or sad face depending on how correctly you have sorted the contents of your bins.

Why is the program being undertaken?

Recycling is a shared responsibility and everyone needs to work together to ensure the right thing is put in the right bin to can create a high quality, clean compost, send less waste and recycling to landfill and reduce processing and disposal costs.

It follows the same audit process used in February and April 2018 during the FOGO trial with great success with all areas having shown significant improvement in recycling behaviour for both the FOGO and recycling bins.

What do they look for when they inspect the bins?

SMRC Community Waste Education Officers make a visual assessment of the bins contents

  • Contamination
  • A general overview of how each property is sorting their waste
  • Identifying correctly used but overflowing recycling bins
  • Identifying correctly used but overflowing general waste bins

Officers will not be looking at any personal information but if you are concerned about placing sensitive documents in your recycling bin you can shred, tear up or wet and scrunch the documents and then place them into your FOGO bin for composting.

What kind of feedback will I receive?

The tags are designed with happy and sad faces to indicate whether the bins are being used correctly or incorrectly with details of which items were placed in the wrong bin and how to put the right thing in the right bin for next time.

What information is recorded and how is it used?
  • Details of the types and levels of contamination in each bin
  • Results are reported on a community level, rather than individual properties
  • Results determine what items and what bins require further promotion and education to correct behaviour and inform the residents
  • Stickers are placed on overflowing recycling bins informing residents to contact the City to upgrade their recycling bin free of charge
  • Properties identified with repeatedly overflowing general waste bins will be passed onto the City’s Waste Education Officer to contact and offer information on waste minimisation and the audit process for a larger 240L general waste bin

Officers will not be looking at any personal information but if you are concerned about placing sensitive documents in your recycling bin you can shred, tear up or wet and scrunch the documents and then place them into your FOGO bin for composting.

What happens if households keep putting the wrong things in the bin?

The program focuses on education rather than enforcement however if repeated high level contamination is identified after several visits to a property, the bin is taped shut to alert the collection driver not to empty it.

In the small number of these cases this has occurred, the City of Melville Waste Education Officer contacts the resident to resolve the contamination issue.

How are the areas selected for the program?

Households and areas are chosen at random.

Will the bin tagging process increase rates?

No. The SMRC and the City have secured grant funding to assist with the bin tagging from the West Australian Local Government Association for tagging 9,000 properties, 3,912 of these properties are within the City of Melville.

In fact, if contamination reduces by everyone putting the right thing in the right bin, it’ll save the City money with reduced processing and disposal fees.

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