FOGO funding for WA councils


A fourth round of funding is available to local government for the rollout of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service.

Eligible local governments will receive funding of up to $19 per household in the 2023-24 financial year.

Sixteen councils have so far rolled out FOGO, with a further 11 committing to the service by 2025. Some local governments have achieved material recovery rates as high as 65 per cent.

Environment Minister Reece Whitby has urged councils to get involved with the sustainable switch.

“Many local governments have already embraced FOGO, turning kitchen waste into compost for farms, parks and gardens,” Whitby said.

“The Town of Cottesloe is just one success story. The results from the first six months of the rollout have been even better than predicted, with residents sending 40 per cent less waste to landfill.”

Councils that have adopted FOGO include the cities of Albany, Bayswater, Bunbury, Fremantle, Melville, Nedlands, and Vincent; the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Harvey; and the towns of Bassendean, Cottesloe and East Fremantle.

The funding supports Western Australia’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. It is part of WA Government’s $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program which supports the target of all local governments in the Perth and Peel region to adopt the service by 2025.

It is expected to help councils with infrastructure costs to move to the three-bin system consisting of a red-lidded bin for general waste, a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled recycling, and a green-lidded bin for food organics and garden organics.

Applications close on 31 March 2023.

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