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10 months ago in Media release , Sustainability
(15/5/2018) Fremantle moving towards three bins

The City of Fremantle is moving towards the introduction a new three bin system for household waste and recycling.

The Fremantle Council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee has approved the implementation of a new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste service and the purchase of new bins.

The committee’s approval is subject to a budget allocation by the council and the City being successful in obtaining state government funding through the Waste Authority’s Better Bins program.

The item will now go before the full council on 23 May for a final decision.

If introduced the new three bin system will include:

  • Weekly collection of a new 240 litre FOGO bin (with a lime green lid)
  • Fortnightly collection of the existing 240 litre co-mingled recycling bin (yellow lid)
  • Fortnightly collection of a new 140 litre general waste bin (red lid)


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the introduction of the three bin system will be an important step towards the City meeting its One Planet Strategy target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020.

“The City of Fremantle is part of the larger Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), where local governments in southern Perth work together to provide waste and recycling services for our residents,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Since 2016 we’ve been working closely with the other member councils to assess the merits of the three bin system, including a trial with 7000 homes in the City of Melville.

“The results from the trial so far have been better than we expected, with the bins being used correctly and less contamination of the FOGO bins than anticipated.

“The City’s current two bin system diverts about half of the community’s organic waste from landfill and converts it into low grade compost with restricted uses.

“The new FOGO system will improve waste diversion from landfill and also provide a higher grade of compost, which we can then use on our parks and gardens.”

Subject to final approval, the three bin system will be introduced to more than 13,000 residential households in Fremantle in July and August next year.

The roll-out will include 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 the 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, although this will be subject to review over time.

The new system will mean the City will need to carry out an additional 400,000 bin lifts per year.

The capital cost of setting up the system - including purchasing the new bins - will be around $1.2 million, while additional ongoing operational costs will be between $250,000 and $350,000 per year.