Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Getting waste sorted a focus for National Recycling Week

    11/11/2019 6:00 AM
    • New WasteSorted signage for WA schools to be released as part of National Recycling Week
    • Councils encouraged to sign up to the three bin system that includes a bin for food and garden organics

    As part of National Recycling Week, the Waste Authority is releasing new WasteSorted signage for primary schools across the State to equip younger Western Australians with waste wise knowledge and instil good habits to reduce waste.


    The "monster-inspired" signage will help school students to sort their waste correctly, and relate to Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO), recyclables, general waste, work farms, composting, and cardboard and paper.


    The McGowan Government is also encouraging metropolitan councils to adopt a consistent three bin kerbside collection system including introducing Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bins.


    The two projects are part of a suite of initiatives by the McGowan Government aimed at encouraging Western Australians to own their impact and use creative and inspiring ways to "reduce, reuse and recycle" to help increase recycling rates and protect the environment.


    Organic waste, including food and garden waste, makes up more than half of our household waste. Recycling organic waste means less landfilling and ultimately, healthier gardens, public spaces and improved soil fertility when used in horticulture and agriculture.


    Introducing FOGO has the potential to achieve a recovery rate of up to 65 per cent of household organics and will help achieve the State's goal to reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia by 2030.


    Funding is currently being provided to 10 local governments collecting FOGO, representing more than 100,000 Western Australian households. The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 has a target that all local governments in the Perth and Peel region will introduce the consistent three bin system, including FOGO, by 2025.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to improving how we deal with waste in Western Australia.


    "National Recycling Week is an opportunity to highlight the work that is happening across Western Australia to better own our impact.


    "Initiatives such as the Waste Wise Schools program including the new WasteSorted schools signage gives our next generation the information they need to make a difference not only in the school, but also at home. 


    "The continued roll out of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) Better Bins program is another example of the important changes that are happening.


    "Not only is this better for the environment, it also has the potential to reduce costs for councils."


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