Rub­bish scheme closer

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

THE three-bin Food Or­gan­ics Gar­den Or­gan­ics (FOGO) sys­tem looks set to be im­ple­mented across the City of Melville, with the coun­cil about to make a de­ci­sion on its in­tro­duc­tion to all res­i­dents in the 201920 fi­nan­cial year.

Af­ter the coun­cil rolled out a FOGO trial to nearly 7000 house­holds in Oc­to­ber 2017, a sur­vey by in­de­pen­dent re­search com­pany Catal­yse showed 79 per cent of res­i­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­per­i­ment wanted it to con­tinue.

It has been rec­om­mended the coun­cil en­dorse the FOGO sys­tem by the City’s staff when it votes on Oc­to­ber 16.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Marten Tiele­man said about 39,500 house­holds would con­vert to the sys­tem if the coun­cil ap­proved it, in­clud­ing the 7000 homes al­ready re­ceiv­ing the service in the trial ar­eas.

“The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the FOGO sys­tem is one of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the South­ern Metropoli­tan Re­gional Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Waste Manage­ment Plan and presents an op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce a high­erqual­ity com­post, re­duce costs and send less waste to land­fill,” he said.

The es­ti­mated cost of the FOGO sys­tem across the City is $2.6 mil­lion and, if ap­proved, it would be rolled out be­tween July and Septem­ber 2019.

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