Exciting changes are coming to waste services for residents in the Shire of Dardanup following a Council decision this week to roll out a new three-bin FOGO system by October.
Shire President Mick Bennett said timing of the decision would allow for introduction of the new service for ratepayers without adding more than about the price of a cup of coffee per year to existing waste charges.
Cr Bennett said he was pleased with the result and hoped it would empower the shire to work together on reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and achieve new State Government targets for waste reduction in a way that didn’t impose significant financial impact.
“Our most recent conversations with community members, like the consultation undertaken for creation of our 2050 Vision document, tell us there is great support for new measures to improve both how we manage our waste and our sustainability generally,” Cr Bennett said.
“This combined with ongoing audits of yellow lidded Recycling bins which have been showing us we have some work to do if we plan on achieving new State Government targets on waste reduction meant it was time for Council to create change.”
Prior to October, residents will see detailed information about introduction of a 3-bin FOGO system in the Shire of Dardanup circulated under the theme “Reducing waste together”.
Council’s decision to adopt the FOGO system aligned with adoption of a new contractor agreement for Waste Management Services following expiry of a previous waste contract.
A funding grant through the WA Waste Authority’s Better Bins Program had also helped offset the cost to ratepayers along with expected savings associated with reduced amounts of waste going to landfill.
“We want to ensure that we roll out a waste system of world standard that is efficient as well as being environmentally sensitive with the potential to embrace new technologies such as waste to energy,” Cr Bennett said.
Organic material collected in the Shire’s new FOGO bins will be composted at Bunbury Harvey Regional Council’s facility in Stanley Road, Australind.
The three-bin FOGO system will comprise of a 140 litre red lidded general rubbish bin, 240 litre yellow lidded recycling bin and a 240 litre green lidded FOGO bin as well as a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to help separate waste.
The FOGO bin will be collected weekly and the Recycling and General Waste bins will be collected on alternate fortnights.
The change follows successful implementation by neighbouring local government areas including the City of Bunbury and shires of Capel, Collie and Harvey.