FOGO landfill target on track

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Shire of Harvey chief executive officer Annie Riordan with the new FOGO bins.
Camera IconShire of Harvey chief executive officer Annie Riordan with the new FOGO bins. Credit: supplied

More than 62 tonnes of organic waste were diverted from landfill last week through the first kerbside organics collection in the Shire of Harvey.

Trucks collected the Food Organics Garden Organics bins from more than 10,500 households, recovering 14.1 tonnes from the green bins on the first day alone.

The green waste would have otherwise gone to landfill.

The council voted to adopt the FOGO scheme last year ahead of the State Government’s introduction of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

The State scheme will see all Perth and Peel households move to a three-bin system by 2025.

Harvey shire’s FOGO collection puts residents well in line to hit the target of 50 per cent diversion from landfill by 2020 in regional areas.

Bunbury Harvey Regional Council chief executive officer Tony Battersby, who oversees Harvey shire’s waste management, said it was a great start to the FOGO scheme.

“It is great to see Harvey shire join other local governments in the region who have the FOGO bin,” Mr Battersby said.

He said 4000 tonnes would be diverted from landfill over the next 12 months.

The FOGO waste is taken to Banksia Road Organics Processing Facility where about 10,500 tonnes of organic material was processed last year from Bunbury, Capel, Donnybrook and Collie.

Harvey shire chief executive officer Annie Riordan commended residents on the low rates of contamination from the first loads of kerbside FOGO collection.

“It is impressive to see how our residents have embraced the introduction of the third bin and are working towards reaching our target of up to 75 per cent diversion from landfill by 2025,” she said.

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