WA opens Better Bins FOGO funding round

The Western Australian Government has announced the 2021 Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO funding round for local governments to support the transition to three-bin FOGO kerbside collection services.

Local governments can apply for funding of up to $23 for each household receiving a three-bin FOGO collection service in the 2021-22 financial year.

The Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program supports local governments to provide a three-bin FOGO service 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.

“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,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“High performing FOGO services can make a significant contribution to achieving the state’s recycling targets.”

More than 340,000 households in Perth and the South-West region have access to a three‑bin system through the previous Better Bins program.

In most cases within the Perth metropolitan region, the third bin is used for garden organics (GO) only.

According to Dawson, Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO builds on the success of the original Better Bins program by encouraging the next shift: from a three‑bin GO service to a three‑bin FOGO service.

Local governments with existing three-bin FOGO services can also apply for funding to continue to educate and engage the community to improve its kerbside service performance.

“FOGO is a fantastic waste reduction program and 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,” Dawson said.

“Funding can be used to offset the costs of providing kitchen caddies and compostable liners that in turn foster good in-home waste behaviours by householders.”

Applications close 31 March.

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