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6 months ago in Media release , Council , Sustainability
(14/12/2018) Fremantle Council buys better bins

The introduction of a new three-bin system for household waste and recycling in the City of Fremantle has moved another step closer.

This week Fremantle Council accepted a $1 million tender for Mastec Australia Pty Ltd to supply the City with new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) and general waste bins.

The council also accepted a $150,000 tender to supply FOGO kitchen caddies and compostable bin liners from Source Separation Systems Pty Ltd.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the new bins would be delivered to around 13,000 households in Fremantle from August next 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,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Under the new system people will keep their existing yellow-topped recycling bin, and be given a new lime green FOGO bin and a new red general waste bin to replace the old green bin.

“We’ll keep about 500 of the old green bins for future use, and the rest will be recycled for the production of new waste bins.

“We’ll also provide people with a kitchen caddie and compostable bin liners to keep in the kitchen and put food scraps in before they go into the FOGO bin.”

The council committed $920,000 in 2018/19 budget to buy the new bins, with further funding of $300,000 forecast for 2019/20 budget.

A state government grant of $400,000 through the Waste Authority’s Better Bins program confirmed last month.

The tender process for the new bins was coordinated by the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) on behalf of the City of Fremantle, City of Melville and Town of East Fremantle, which have all committed to introduce the FOGO system.

The FOGO roll out will include a high profile education program to let people know what to put in each bin and how the system will work.

Because of issues with access and space in certain areas the initial roll out will not include high-density areas like the city centre and some town houses, commercial properties or residential complexes with more than four units, but this will be reviewed over time.