The WA government has released the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which aims to guide the state in its transition towards a more sustainable, low-waste circular economy.
The report mentioned that the cornerstone of the strategy is a new target that will ensure all Perth and Peel households will have a third kerbside bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) by 2025. Under the three-bin FOGO system, food scraps and garden organics are separated from other waste categories and reused to create high-quality compost.
Implementing this system will ensure WA can meet the targets set out in the Waste Strategy; reduce the amount of waste going to landfill; and recover, reuse and recycle more household waste. The state government will work with local governments to adopt the three-bin FOGO system and ensure it is rolled out successfully.
Previously, the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council had trialled the FOGO system across 7,000 households in 2017. According to the state government, the trial received strong support from the local community, and the City of Melville plans to roll it out permanently in June.
The state government will work with regional councils to address their own unique waste challenges. The targets outlined in the strategy – a 20 per cent reduction in waste generation per capita and a 75 per cent rate of material recovery by 2030 – will build on the momentum achieved by the introduction of the state government’s container deposit scheme in early 2020 and the ban on lightweight plastic bags.
The strategy is supported by an action plan that includes a commitment to use more than 25,000 tonnes of recycled construction and demolition waste as road base under the Roads to Reuse program, and a strategic review of WA’s waste and recycling infrastructure by 2020 to guide future development.
According to WA state premier Mark McGowan, WA has some of the highest rates of waste generation in the nation, which he felt needed to change.
“The Waste Strategy will help protect our unique natural environment and ensures we can become a cleaner, more environmentally sustainable state,” McGowan said.
“By rolling out the three-bin system across all metropolitan local governments, we will ensure more value is recovered from household waste. By reducing the waste we send to landfill, we can generate significant economic opportunities for Western Australians – recycling 10,000 tonnes of waste creates three times more jobs than sending the same amount of waste to landfill.”
Environment minister Stephen Dawson said the time to act on waste is now, and recognising that waste is a shared responsibility is the first step.
“We know the community are very supportive of better waste and recycling practices,” Dawson continued.
“We need all Western Australians to generate less waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and to protect the WA environment by managing waste responsibly. The State Government will work collaboratively with local governments and the community to achieve these ambitious targets.”