Waste plan reduces landfill
Councils move on third bin
THE City of Bayswater will investigate the options and costs of implementing a three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system, following the City of Melville’s trial last year.
FOGO involves the collection of food and garden waste, which are then processed at a waste composting facility.
The system is the Waste Authority’s preferred waste approach and helps to meet the State Government’s target of 65 per cent diversion from landfill by 2020.
Currently, the City of Melville has a three-bin system consisting of a weekly 240L general waste bin, fortnightly 240L recycling bin and a fortnightly 240L green waste bin.
At the September 25 meeting, Bayswater councillors supported Cr Lorna Clarke’s motion for council to write to the City of Melville requesting information from its trial, and write to Federal and State Ministers to seek financial assistance.
The council will also write to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, requesting the EMRC undertake investigations into FOGO best practice processes.
Officers will investigate options for expressions of interest and tender processes and report back to council at a November committee meeting.
Cr Clarke said the City would investigate budget costs and consult with the community about a move towards FOGO.
“From an environmental point of view, (the system) diverts from landfill and doing more composting will reduce our carbon emissions,” she said.
“It reuses a lot of these items for gardens and fertilisers, farms and mulch,” she said.
“If we have less landfill, then our fees will go.”
Cr Barry McKenna said if the City was to implement the system, waste needed to be collected at a regional waste composting facility to save costs.
Officers said cost variations would depend on green waste contractor Cleanaway’s collection processes.
Meanwhile, East Fremantle and Fremantle councils have funded for the implementation of FOGO in the 2018-19 financial year.
City of Melville's FOGO trial system.