(11/2/2019) Freo ahead of the game on waste and recycling
The City of Fremantle is already well advanced on the key initiatives outlined yesterday in the state government’s new waste strategy.
The Premier Mark McGowan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson yesterday unveiled the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which will guide the state in becoming a sustainable, low-waste circular economy.
A cornerstone of the Waste Strategy is a new target that will ensure all Perth and Peel households will have a third kerbside bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) by 2025.
The strategy also included a commitment to use more than 25,000 tonnes of recycled construction and demolition waste as road base under the Roads to Reuse program.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle has been using recycled materials in road projects for some time and would be rolling out a third FOGO bin to Freo residents later this year.
“Reducing waste and increasing recycling rates is one of the key commitments in Fremantle’s One Planet Strategy,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“We’ve been investigating the FOGO system with the other member councils of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and in May last year the council voted to supply a third FOGO bin to around 13,000 residential households in Fremantle.
“In December we accepted tenders for the supply of the new bins, kitchen caddies and compostable bin liners, which will start to be delivered to Freo residents towards the end of the year.
“The introduction of the FOGO bins will be a big step towards the City meeting our One Planet target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020.”
In relation to the Roads to Reuse program, the City of Fremantle uses recycled material in all of its road resurfacing works, as well as in new projects like the new Cappuccino Strip car park and the upgraded Fremantle Recycling Centre.
The recent upgrade to the car park at the North Fremantle Post Office was completed using 10 per cent recycled glass - the equivalent of 2640 glass bottles - as a substitute for traditional crushed aggregate.
In the demolition of the City’s old administration building as part of the Kings Square Renewal project 95 per cent of the building’s materials were recovered for recycling, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete and 294 tonnes of steel.