Development of a new waste plan

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.

Sample of the 3 bin system for new FOGO system being introduced in Waste Service. From left a yellow top bin, green top bin and a smaller red top bin

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 through a multi-pronged circular approach including strategies to:

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

Learn more about ‘Better Bins’ and FOGO.

Next steps

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

Feedback is to be received by 5pm on Thursday, 2 April 2020
Provide your feedback here

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Learn more about statewide wastes initiatives or download the WARR Strategy 2030.

© City of Kalamunda 2020