Melville is all go for FOGO

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of Melville has ap­proved the roll­out of the three-bin sys­tem Food Or­gan­ics Gar­den Or­gan­ics (FOGO) sys­tem to all res­i­dents in the 2019-20 fi­nan­cial year.

The coun­cil unan­i­mously gave the nod at its Oc­to­ber 16 meet­ing af­ter a FOGO trial with nearly 7000 house­holds in Oc­to­ber 2017. A sur­vey by in­de­pen­dent re­search com­pany Catal­yse showed 79 per cent of res­i­dents who took part in the trial wanted it to con­tinue.

Coun­cil­lors Clive Ro­bart­son and Tim Bar­ling spoke in sup­port of the sys­tem, cit­ing strong com­mu­nity sup­port and its ben­e­fits for the City and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The es­ti­mated cost of im­ple­ment­ing the FOGO sys­tem across the City is about $2.6 mil­lion and it is set to be rolled out be­tween July and Septem­ber 2019.

About 39,5000 house­holds will con­vert to the sys­tem, in­clud­ing those in the trial ar­eas. It has been es­ti­mated that the sys­tem will save the City about $3m to $4m per year.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Marten Tiele­man said it was an op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce higher qual­ity com­post, re­duce costs and send less waste to land­fill.

“Other ex­pected ben­e­fits of the FOGO sys­tem in­clude re­duced pro­cess­ing costs and sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings in waste dis­posal fees, as well as in­creased re­cy­cling op­por­tu­ni­ties from the waste stream di­verted from land­fill,” he said.

The City of Fre­man­tle and Town of East Fre­man­tle have both voted to in­tro­duce the FOGO sys­tem in the 2019-20 fi­nan­cial year.

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