Mundaring welcomes Better Bins Plus grant to support FOGO

Published on Friday, 17 December 2021 at 11:21:27 AM

Shire of Mundaring has welcomed State Government funding to support the introduction of a three-bin food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste kerbside collection service in coming years.

The $310,800 Better Bins Plus grant will help the Shire transition to FOGO, which allows residents to recycle their FOGO waste, instead of sending it to landfill.

Shire President James Martin said whilst the Shire had agreed in 2020 in principle to introduce a third bin for FOGO, and had now secured the grant, the next step was to finalise an arrangement with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) to dispose of FOGO.

“Whilst this is an exciting move towards introducing FOGO, the earliest participation is expected to be mid-2023, if the current timeline is met,” he said.

Cr Martin said the Shire was committed to environmental objectives that contribute to the circular economy and reduce waste.

“This initiative is in addition to the contract entered into by the Shire to take general waste (non-organic residual waste) to a waste to energy plant instead of landfill commencing in mid-2023,” he said.

“We are also working with the EMRC, who are currently assessing a tender to identify suitable means of processing FOGO waste, and look forward to learning the outcomes in early 2022.

“Introducing these waste disposal changes will ensure the Shire meets the State Waste Strategy targets for reducing waste to landfill.”

About FOGO and Better Bins

FOGO is part of the state wide ‘Better Bins’ initiative as part of the WARR strategy, which aims to reduce waste through a multi-pronged circular approach including strategies to:

  1. Avoid – help people generate less waste to start with
  2. Recover – help people recycle more and reduce contamination
  3. Recover – ensure more value is extracted from waste
  4. Protect – ensure waste is managed responsibly to protect the environment

As part of the Better Bins Plus grant, residents will receive in-home infrastructure including a kitchen caddy for food scraps such as tea bags, coffee grounds, paper towels, meat and vegetable scraps and fruit peels.

The Shire joins a host of local governments participating in Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO Program including:

  • the cities of Albany, Bayswater, Belmont, Bunbury, Fremantle, Kalamunda, Melville, Swan and Vincent
  • the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Collie, Dardanup, Harvey, Mundaring and Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • the towns of Bassendean, Cottesloe and East Fremantle

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