In the first year of the FOGO service, each household generated on average 7.7kg of FOGO. Bayswater reduced the general waste stream sent to landfill by 33% in 2021/22 over the year prior.
Adrian Wiley, Director of Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, said the City of Bayswater was one of the first local governments to roll out a three-bin garden organics service to their residents, and then later to FOGO.
“I want to commend the work of the City, this is just one example where transitioning from GO to FOGO can make a huge difference in the amount of waste that can be recovered.
“We are hoping to see more local governments make the transition to FOGO in the future, and we are assisting them to do so through the Better Bins Plus: GO FOGO grants, which are now open,” he said.
“We encourage those local governments to take advantage of the grants and support available.”
City of Bayswater Mayor Filomena Piffaretti said the transition to FOGO has allowed the City to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“The City’s early adoption of FOGO has put us in a great position to meet the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 targets to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill; and recover, reuse and recycle more household waste,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate our residents for their uptake of FOGO and for diligently separating their waste correctly.
“It’s important we keep contamination rates at processing facilities low, to ensure waste can be turned into quality compost.”
A recent bin tagging program conducted in 2022 found that FOGO bin contamination decreased during the seven-week program and more than 90 per cent of FOGO bins didn’t have any contamination.
For more information on FOGO at the City of Bayswater, please visit https://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/waste
For more information on Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO, please visit www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/view/better-bins