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Bin tagging and audit education program FAQs


Bin tagging at multi-unit developments starts Monday 15 February

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) will implement a bin tagging program on behalf of the City of Fremantle for multi-unit developments that are not currently under the Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) 3-Bin system.

The purpose of the bin tagging program is to help educate residents on how to sort waste and provides individual feedback via bin tags and cards in letterboxes, complete with a smiling or sad face depending on how correctly you have sorted the contents of your bins.

How will it work?

SMRC Waste Education Officers will make a visual inspection of the contents of the general waste and recycling bin.

The aim is educating the residents on the correct use of their three bins and provides individual feedback via bin tags, complete with a smiling or sad face depending on how correctly you have sorted the contents of your bins.

Why is the program being undertaken?

Recycling is a shared responsibility and everyone needs to work together to ensure the right thing is put in the right bin and send less waste and recycling to landfill and reduce processing and disposal costs.

What do they look for when they inspect the bins?

SMRC Community Waste Education Officers make a visual assessment of the bins contents:

  • contamination
  • a general overview of how each property is sorting their waste
  • identifying correctly used but overflowing recycling bins
  • identifying correctly used but overflowing general waste bins.

Bin taggers do not remove anything from bins.

What kind of feedback will I receive?

The tags are designed with happy and sad faces to indicate whether the bins are being used correctly or incorrectly with details of which items were placed in the wrong bin and how to put the right thing in the right bin for next time.

What information is recorded and how is it used?

  • Details of the types and levels of contamination in each bin.
  • Results are reported on a community level, rather than individual properties.
  • Results determine what items and what bins require further promotion and education to correct behaviour and inform the residents.
  • Stickers are placed on overflowing recycling bins informing residents to contact the City to upgrade their recycling bin free of charge.
  • Properties identified with repeatedly overflowing general waste bins will be passed onto the City’s Waste Education Officer to contact and offer information on waste minimisation and the audit process for a larger 240L general waste bin.

What happens if households keep putting the wrong things in the bin?

The program focuses on education rather than enforcement however if repeated high level contamination is identified after several visits to a property, the bin is taped shut to alert the collection driver not to empty it.

In the small number of these cases this has occurred, the City of Fremantle Waste Education Officer contacts the resident to resolve the contamination issue.

How are the areas selected for the program?

Multi-unit development sites that have not yet introduced the FOGO three-bin system will undergo the bin tagging program.

Will the bin tagging process increase rates?

No. The SMRC and the City have secured grant funding to assist with the bin tagging from the West Australian Local Government Association. In fact, if contamination reduces by everyone putting the right thing in the right bin, it’ll save the City money with reduced processing and disposal fees.

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