EMRC’s green light for FOGO strategy

Published: Friday, 22 March 2019 at 11:40:30 AM

A far-reaching, long-term Food Organic & Garden Organic (FOGO) strategy for Perth’s eastern region will get underway following a unanimous vote by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) at its meeting last night (Thursday 21 March).

The EMRC will launch a 12 to 18 month trial with the Town of Bassendean, one of the EMRC’s six member Councils, to process the Town’s FOGO waste.  The trial’s objective is to develop insights, technical expertise and a FOGO waste education communication strategy for the community.  The strategy will assist EMRC’s member Councils to plan for the future implementation, treatment and processing of FOGO waste streams.

The strategy will identify appropriate technology to implement long-term FOGO processing solutions for all EMRC member Council waste streams.

The EMRC also approved the purchase and installation at the Council’s Red Hill Waste Management Facility of a mobile aerator floor composting system to process the trial’s FOGO waste.

EMRC Chairman David McDonnell said: “We are excited by this major commitment by the EMRC to manage the treatment of FOGO waste by developing and implementing its own best practice waste management solutions.

“This decision is fully aligned with Western Australia’s Waste Strategy encapsulated in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which calls for all metropolitan local government councils to provide a FOGO system by 2025.  

“We thank the Town of Bassendean for its commitment to implement FOGO with a proposed third bin initiative. We look forward to working collaboratively on this trial with the Town of Bassendean for the long-term benefit of the Region and progressing discussion with all our member Councils on their future FOGO processing."

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