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1 month ago in Media release , Sustainability
(16/9/2019) FOGO is here!

The first bins in the City of Fremantle’s roll out of the new three-bin Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste management system were delivered to residents in High Street this morning.

Under the new three-bin system residents will keep their yellow-lidded recycling bin, but the dark green general waste bin will be replaced with a new lime green-lidded FOGO bin and a new smaller red-lidded general waste bin.

The roll out of the new bins to more than 11,000 households across Fremantle is expected to take about five weeks.

A support team from the City of Fremantle was on hand to ensure the delivery of the new bins went smoothly and remind people to leave their old dark green bins on the verge for removal.

The support team also handed out mini-FOGO bins to children in the area and was available to answer any questions from residents.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the introduction of FOGO was a major step forward for recycling in Fremantle.

“Through our One Planet Strategy we have a target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, and the introduction of FOGO will go a long way towards us meeting that goal,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“On average about 60 per cent of what we currently put in our general waste bin is FOGO material.

“With the new FOGO bins, instead of that nutrient rich material going to landfill it will be converted into high quality compost to be used on farms, parks and gardens.

“As well as saving money on landfill costs, converting FOGO material to compost avoids this waste breaking down and generating methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas.

“By improving the separation of our waste at home we can improve recovery rates, increase diversion from landfill and reduce the costs of processing waste material.”

The state government’s Waste Strategy has a target for all households in the Perth and Peel region to go FOGO by 2025.

To find out if you’ll be going FOGO and when you can expect your new bins to be delivered visit the FOGO page on the City of Fremantle website.

If you have issues with the roll out please contact the City’s customer service centre on 1300 MYFREO (1300 693 736) or info@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

For more information about FOGO, watch this video.