FOGO bin trial to start

Melville Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BINS to col­lect gar­den and food waste at about 7000 Melville house­holds will be­gin be­ing rolled out to res­i­dents on Monday.

The City of Melville’s three-bin Food Or­gan­ics Gar­den Or­gan­ics (FOGO) trial should pro­vide res­i­dents with more ways to sep­a­rate house­hold waste at the source, lead­ing to cleaner com­post and less rub­bish be­ing sent to land­fill.

The 12-month, $750,000 ex­per­i­ment will take place in parts of Bic­ton, Wil­lagee, Mt Pleas­ant, Brent­wood and Bull Creek, with homes re­ceiv­ing a new 240 litre lime green-lid­ded FOGO bin for their food and gar­den waste.

The con­tents of the food and gar­den or­gan­ics bin will be col­lected weekly and taken to Can­ning Vale-based Re­gional Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre (RRRC) be­fore be­ing pro­cessed into com­post.

Bull Creek res­i­dent Gra­ham Lam­bert said he was ex­cited by the ini­tia­tive.

“Peo­ple now are at­tuned to look­ing after the en­vi­ron­ment and this is just part and par­cel of that,” he said. “In our own lit­tle way, we’re all help­ing out and that’s what it’s about, mak­ing that small dif­fer­ence on an in­di­vid­ual level which, com­bined with a lot of peo­ple, makes a big dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity.”

The cur­rent dark green general waste bin will be re­placed with a 140 litre red lid­ded bin for rub­bish that can not be com­posted, in­clud­ing nap­pies and plas­tic bags.

The yel­low re­cy­cling bin will re­main and will be col­lected on al­ter­nate weeks to the red-top bin.

City of Melville re­source re­cov­ery and waste man­ager Steve Wacher said the coun­cil had been plan­ning the move for a long time.

“Long-term the goal would be a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of di­ver­sion of waste from land­fill,” he said. “The State Gov­ern­ment tar­gets 65 per cent; we’re fairly close to that now but I think if ev­ery­one does the right thing we can achieve about 75-80 per cent.”

The suc­cess of the trial is likely to de­ter­mine if the sys­tem is ex­panded into Fre­man­tle and East Fre­man­tle.

The City of Melville should know within the next week if it has been suc­cess­ful se­cur­ing a grant from the Waste Au­thor­ity to help fund the trial.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.melvil­

SMRC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pa­trick Hay, Bull Creek res­i­dents Jenny and Gra­ham Lam­bert, and City of Melville re­source re­cov­ery and waste man­ager Steve Wacher.

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