Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

Hon John Carey BA MLA

Hon John Carey BA MLA

Minister for Housing; Lands; Homelessness; Local Government

    Guide sows the seeds for a green future during Recycling Week

    12/11/2021 7:00 AM
    • Step-by-step guide supports local governments in running FOGO kerbside collection
    • Western Australian households waste an average of 4kg of food per week
    • Three-bin services found to be most effective in recovering organic materials 

    The McGowan Government has today released a step-by-step guide to help more local governments plan and implement better practice food and garden organics (FOGO) collection services and reduce the volume of household waste ending up as landfill.


    Developed in conjunction with the Western Australian Local Government Association, the guide outlines the entire process, from initial stages through to final evaluation - including timelines, case studies, and funding and procurement. 


    The release comes as a new report has found Western Australians waste twice as much food as they think. Audits show WA households waste a huge 4kg of food per week, or $37 worth, despite estimating only two kilograms of food waste. At least 54 per cent of this is food that could have been eaten.


    The main types of food waste include meals prepared at home (0.51 kg/week), fresh vegetables (0.40 kg/week), bread and bakery (0.47 kg/week), and fresh fruit (0.36 kg/week).


    Another recent report, commissioned by the Waste Authority, found that a high performing, three-bin FOGO service was most effective in recovering material, achieving rates of around 65 per cent, increasing to 79 per cent if 'waste to energy' was used for residual waste.


    The Report, 'Impacts and benefits of kerbside collection systems Perth and Peel', found FOGO systems had the lowest cost per tonne recovered and produced significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than disposing waste to landfill. 


    Children from the City of Melville gathered together at the Piney Lakes Community Garden earlier this week to tend to their community garden, which is being grown using compost from local FOGO collections.


    More than 20 toddlers and their parents visit the garden each fortnight to experience first-hand the benefits of recycling household organics via their three-bin FOGO kerbside collection, thanks to the Buds n Blooms Nature Play Group.


    Melville is one of 13 local governments, covering 150,000 households in Perth and the South-West, that have implemented a three-bin FOGO system, enabling residents to recycle food and garden waste.


    Since Melville rolled out a three-bin FOGO system to all households across the City in July 2019, it has reversed its disposal and recovery ratios so that now two tonnes of FOGO are collected for each ton of general waste.


    The McGowan Government has set a target for all local governments in the Perth and Peel regions to provide better practice FOGO services by 2025.


    The State Government's $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program will continue to provide grants to local governments to assist with their transition to the new system.


    For more information about FOGO, the Step-by-Step Guide for local governments or to read the Waste Authority's report visit http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "Far too much food is still ending up in landfill, with Western Australian households throwing away a concerning 4kg per week on average.


    "Organics recovered from three-bin FOGO services make the single biggest contribution to achieving Western Australia's material recovery targets for municipal solid waste.


    "The City of Melville is a great example of what can be achieved when local governments embrace the three-bin FOGO kerbside collection.


    "I encourage local governments to follow their lead and get behind FOGO services using this step-by-step guide. We need your support to reduce landfill and emissions."


    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey:


    "Waste collection is a bread and butter service but I am always encouraging local governments to look at ways of doing things better.


    "Three-bin FOGO is being used by many local governments across our State, but I think this report really highlights the benefits of moving to this system.


    "For local governments that aren't yet using the three bin FOGO system, I encourage you to get on board, so we can all move ahead with one consistent approach and generate better outcomes for our community and environment."


    Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900

    Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5300