Why is our waste strategy being reviewed?

    The City is currently developing its new waste plan in line with the state government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2030 and considering the introduction of three bin organics system FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) in order to increase diversion of waste from landfill and achieve more sustainable waste management practices.

    Currently residents within the City of Kalamunda generate about 480kg of waste per annum per resident, which is the seventh highest within the 32 Councils that make up the Perth and Peel region. Of this 480kg, only 22% is diverted away from landfill. The current waste system is not sustainable or in line with best practice kerbside collection.

    What is FOGO and ‘Better Bins’?

    FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics and refers to the collection of food scraps and natural material from your garden to create high quality compost through a three-bin system.

    FOGO is currently best practice for waste management and recycling and previous implementation shows it will double, at a minimum, the amount of waste diverted away from landfill (though this may be much larger depending of the area and bin system currently in place).

    FOGO is part of the statewide ‘Better Bins’ initiative as part of the WARR strategy, which aims to reduce waste a multi-pronged circular approach including:

    1. Avoid – strategies to help people generate less waste to start with
    2. Recover – strategies to help people recycle more and reduce contamination
    3. Recover – strategies to ensure more value is extracted from waste
    4. Protect – strategies to ensure waste is managed responsibly to protect the environment
    Learn more about ‘Better Bins’ and FOGO

    What Next?

    The City is calling for community feedback in March and April in order to better inform the development of the Waste plan which will the go before Council for consideration June 2020.

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    Learn more about statewide waste initiatives www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au or download the WARR Strategy