Waste plan re­duces land­fill

Coun­cils move on third bin

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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