FOGO deferred as Better Bins delivers new lids

Published: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 12:28:06 PM

A delay to the implementation of FOGO until mid-2020 will allow the City of Albany to consolidate the rollout of both projects, saving costs and ensuring the community is fully equipped to embrace the food organics and garden organics waste collection service.

The City will be replacing household bin lids in the urban residential collection area to ensure all lids comply with Australian standard colours – red for general waste and yellow for recycling - thanks to a Better Bins grant from the Waste Authority WA.

City of Albany Executive Director Development, Infrastructure and Environment Paul Camins said that the decision to delay the project was the best outcome for the community.

“By implementing FOGO in mid-2020, the City of Albany can ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for residents, with clear communication for all,” he said.

“The FOGO service will keep food waste from landfill and recycle nutrients into quality compost while helping Albany residents be more aware of how much waste their households make.

“Making sure all households have the same coloured bin lids will make it easier for us to communicate what goes in each bin and reduce confusion and contamination across the board.”

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said Council is committed to adopting waste reduction and energy efficient policies where possible.

“Implementing FOGO is just one way the City is ensuring that the Albany community is ready to tackle the global challenge for a sustainable future,” the Mayor said.

“What we need is everyone doing their bit, including separating waste into three streams, which adds up to have a big impact in reducing waste and keeping our environment cleaner”

More information about the implementation of the FOGO three bin system will be communicated to residents in 2020. Residents can visit the City of Albany website www.albany.wa.gov.au or call 6820 3000 for more information.

The Better Bins project is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

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