Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming

    More WA communities commit to a better waste future

    4/08/2022 9:00 AM
    • Funding to five more communities for better sorting of household waste
    • Part of the McGowan Government's $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program
    • Takes the number of participating local governments to 23

    Five more WA local governments have committed to the McGowan Government's Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program to implement a better way of sorting household waste.


    The City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco, Town of Mosman Park, Shire of Esperance, and Town of Claremont join 18 other local governments which have already committed to the program since it was introduced in 2020.


    Three of the local governments (Nedlands, Mosman Park, and Claremont) start the transition to three-bin FOGO services from a three bin garden organics service, while Subiaco currently provides a garden organics bag and Esperance has a two-bin system.


    The commitment will also see a moderate boost to local employment, with approximately eight new positions created.


    High performing FOGO services can achieve recovery rates of more than 65 per cent and make the single biggest contribution to achieving the waste strategy material recovery targets for municipal solid waste.


    FOGO also delivers environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while FOGO composting products can help soil quality and can be used locally. Recycling can support around three times the number of jobs compared to waste disposal.


    The Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program helps local governments to transition to three-bin FOGO services consisting of a red-lid bin for general waste, a yellow lid bin for co-mingled recycling, and a lime green lid bin for food organics and garden organics.


    The $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program is delivered by the Waste Authority and is a headline commitment in Western Australia's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


    "FOGO services make a significant contribution to reducing household waste and reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill.


    "Councils that have introduced FOGO can increase recovery rates to more than 65 per cent.


    "It's easy for households to sort their waste using the FOGO system, and that simple change can have a significant impact on the environment."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300