Third bin rollout in new year
TOWN of Bassendean residents will gain a third bin in 2019 after the council agreed to introduce the Food Organics and Garden Organics system.
FOGO involves the collection of food and garden waste to be processed at a waste composting facility.
The system is the Waste Authority’s preferred approach and helps towards the State Government’s target of 65 per cent landfill diversion by 2020.
Councillors last month supported Mayor Renee McLennan to introduce FOGO at the same time as a third bin through the Better Bins Program rollout.
The council will ask Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) to implement the greenwaste windrow licence to permit management of FOGO waste at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.
It will also ask EMRC to continue investigating a scalable anaerobic digestion facility for long-term FOGO waste management.
The third bin rollout date will be decided when EMRC notifies the Town the application to change the licensing requirement has been submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Cr McLennan said councillors agreed to begin bestpractice kerbside collection in 2019.
“With a two-bin system the typical resource recovery rate is only 33 per cent. However, with a three-bin system that includes FOGO the typical resource recovery rate increases to 66.5 per cent, with food organics, garden organics and recyclables all being diverted from landfill,” she said.