Perth’s City of Melville launches FOGO trial

The City of Melville has become the first city in the Perth metropolitan area to rollout a three-bin Food Organics Garden Organics trial.

The trial, which involves 7000 residents, will take place within select areas, in collaboration with the City of Fremantle, Town of East Fremantle and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council.

It forms part of the Regional Strategic Waste Management Plan adopted in 2016, which aims to produce a high quality clean compost, send less waste to landfill and reduce costs.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said preparations for the trial kicked off next week with residents involved in the trial being delivered their two new bins over the next few weeks, in preparation for the first round of collections to begin on either the week beginning Monday, 16 October or Monday, 23 October 2017.

“Residents involved in the trial are asked to have their current dark green bin out on the verge ready for collection and the delivery of their new 140 litre red-lidded bin for general rubbish and a 240 litre lime green lidded bin for FOGO,” Mayor Aubrey said.

Mayor Aubrey said residents will also receive their kitchen caddy, a year’s supply of compostable liners and information packs delivered with their new bins.

“Under the FOGO system residents yellow lidded recycling bins will be collected fortnightly, which should provide enough capacity for most households, however, residents who need more capacity will have the option to upgrade to a larger 360L bin,” he said.

“By everyone working together to ensure they put the right thing in the right bin we can help to create a high quality, clean compost, less landfill and reduced processing costs.”

If successful, the system may be rolled out to the remaining residents in the City of Melville and residents across City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle in the coming years.

Image Caption: SMRC Communications Officer Patrick Hay, Bull Creek trial participants Graham and Jenny Lambert, and City of Melville Resource Recovery and Waste Manager Steve Wacher.