EMRC and Shire of Mundaring unite to launch FOGO service on 1 July 2024

Published on Thursday, 28 March 2024 at 1:02:34 PM

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) and the Shire of Mundaring have joined forces to introduce the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) household waste management system, set to launch on Monday 1 July 2024.

Each household will receive a new 240L lime-green lidded bin designed for separating food and garden organic waste. Alongside the bin, residents will receive an information pack and a kitchen caddy, complete with a roll of compostable liners. This initiative aims to redirect organic waste, including kitchen scraps, away from landfills, where its potential value would otherwise be lost. Instead, the FOGO bin with the organic waste will be collected on a weekly basis to then be transformed into valuable organic compost.

The existing 140L general waste bin will also undergo a change to a red lid in alignment with the Waste Authority’s guidelines. This adjustment will enhance source separation and minimise contamination of waste streams. This change will occur sometime after Monday 1 July 2024.

Effective communication and community engagement play a crucial role in supporting successful FOGO services. To achieve this, the Shire, in collaboration with EMRC, will introduce a behavioural change campaign to encourage positive waste disposal behaviours and a community engagement plan to involve and inform the community about the upcoming FOGO service.

The FOGO system will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste sent to landfill, and furthers the EMRC and Shire of Mundaring commitment to mitigate climate change at our regional and local level.

EMRC CEO Marcus Geisler said: by embracing the FOGO system, residents can actively contribute to a more sustainable circular future by reducing waste to landfill and supporting resource recovery through the development of a FOGO-derived compost product. Let’s work together to make a positive impact in our Region.

For more information on the Shire of Mundaring FOGO rollout, please visit the FOGO section on the Shire website. 

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