Third bin to roll out in 2020

Published: Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at 12:09:46 PM

At its March meeting, Vincent Council approved a business case for a third food organic and garden organic (FOGO) bin collection, with a proposed date of implementation of October 2020.

In December last year, Council gave in-principle support to a third bin to collect organic material. The business case presented at the City's 5 March Council Meeting looked at implementation, benefits, costs and the communications and consultation required before a third bin can be introduced.

“The City of Vincent’s Waste Strategy sets an ambitious target of zero waste to landfill by 2028. Our current diversion from landfill sits around 42 per cent so we need to make some big changes to the way we generate and manage our waste,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“We know that around 55 per cent of rubbish in our green topped bins is organic - food and garden waste. A FOGO bin would have a major impact on diverting our rubbish from landfill. It would be a great leap towards Vincent's ambitious target of zero waste to landfill by 2028.” she said.

The suggested implementation date of October 2020 provides the City with time to consult with its community, identify potential barriers, inform all households of the transition and marks the end of the City’s existing contract for waste collection.

The business case comes shortly after the State Government released their new Waste Strategy, with a three bin Food Organics and Garden Organics system for all local governments by 2025 as its centerpiece. An estimated seven Councils in the Perth and Peel region have also approved or are close to approving the adoption of a FOGO system.

“We made the initial in-principle decision to introduce a FOGO bin in December last year. Now, under the new State Waste Strategy, all Councils will need to move to a three bin FOGO system by 2025. This is a bold move forward in the war on waste and I am heartened to see this commitment from the State Government.”

The City of Vincent’s Waste Strategy also focuses on increased community education to reduce the amount of waste generated in every household before it gets into a bin.

“The most effective way to combat waste will always be to reduce the amount of waste created and to reuse and repurpose before rubbish makes it to the bin. The City of Vincent has a range of information on how to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. We’ll be doing more and more in this space to help our community work with us to reach the zero waste to landfill target,” said Mayor Cole.

For more information about waste & recycling in the City of Vincent, click below or contact us on 9273 6000 or at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

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City of Vincent Waste Strategy 2018 - 2023

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