The Western Australian Government has announced a fourth round of funding to support local governments in adopting Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO), in efforts to have every council in Perth and Peel using the service by 2025.

The $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program will see local governments eligible for up to $19 per household in the 2023-24 financial year. 

This will help councils with infrastructure costs to move to the three-bin system consisting of a red-lidded bin for general waste, a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled recycling, and a green-lidded bin for food organics and garden organics. 

Western Australia Environment Minister, Reece Whitby, said that many local governments have already embraced FOGO, turning kitchen waste into compost for farms, parks and gardens.

“The Town of Cottesloe is just one success story. The results from the first six months of the rollout have been even better than predicted, with residents sending 40 per cent less waste to landfill,” Mr Whitby said.

“I’d urge councils to get involved and apply for this funding to help make the sustainable switch to FOGO.”

16 councils have rolled out FOGO with a further eleven committing to the service by 2025, and some local governments have achieved material recovery rates as high as 65 per cent.

Local governments that have adopted FOGO include:

  • The cities of Albany, Bayswater, Bunbury, Fremantle, Melville, Nedlands and Vincent
  • The shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Harvey
  • The towns of Bassendean, Cottesloe and East Fremantle

Applications close on 31 March 2023. For more information, visit Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO | Waste Authority WA.

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