Third bin roll­out in new year

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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