News, Waste & Resource Recovery, Western Australia

WA councils poised to prosper from state government FOGO funding

West Australian households are set to benefit from $20 million boost to three-bin FOGO kerbside collections by the state government.

The funding is available for local governments who want a share of $20 million over six years to support the transition to better practice, high performing three bin FOGO kerbside collection services.

Titled, the Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO, the program supports local governments to make the transition to three-bin FOGO services consisting of a red-lidded bin for general waste, a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled recycling, and a lime-green lidded bin for food organics and garden organics.

$25 per household
Local governments are now eligible to apply for funding of up to $25 for each household receiving a three-bin FOGO collection service.

Although the previous Better Bins program enabled many WA households to access to a three bin system, in most cases, the organics bin is for garden organic waste (GO) only.

According to the government, high performing three bin FOGO services can achieve recovery rates of more than 65 per cent and make the single biggest contribution to achieving the waste strategy material recovery targets for municipal solid waste.

WA environment minister Stephen Dawson said that three-bin FOGO services can make a significant contribution to reducing waste in Western Australia and councils that have introduced FOGO can increase recovery rates to more than 65 per cent.

“High performing FOGO services can make a significant contribution to achieving the state’s recycling targets. Recycling also supports around three times more jobs compared to sending a similar amount of waste to landfill.
“FOGO services can also reduce local government waste management costs by reducing the amount of material sent to landfill,” Dawson explained.

He pointed to the example in where Bunbury, which introduced FOGO services in 2013, has seen the amount of waste sent to landfill reduced by around 6,000 tonnes every year.

“Funding can be used to offset the costs of providing kitchen caddies and compostable liners, and implementing community education and engagement programs to support the rollout of high performing FOGO services.

“I encourage local governments and their communities to get behind this program, apply for funding for FOGO services and support our move towards more consistent and better performing waste management services, he added.

Cost reduction
The government has also claimed that recycling can support around three times the number of jobs compared to waste disposal. Following the rollout of a FOGO 3-bin system, the City of Melville, has experienced a reduction in administrative costs.

Local governments that have already accessed Better Bins funding of $30 per household can also access up to an additional $15 per household.

The government is also supporting the rollout of FOGO services through:
• new guidelines for the location, design, construction and operation of composting facilities;
• licensing of new composting operations which can safely receive materials while also protecting public amenity; and
• establishment of a reference group to provide advice on rollout issues including local government services, engagement and education, FOGO processing and market development.

Applications for funding allocated in 2020-21 close on Friday July 10, 2020.

Pictured are: L-R: SMRC CEO Tim Youé, City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Petitt, Town of East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Cr Jenny Harrington and City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP