Shire of Esperance moving forward with FOGO waste management system
Shire of Esperance councillors have endorsed five recommendations relating to the implementation of the Food Organics Garden Organics waste management system, with the chief executive now set to pursue grants to fund the scheme.
Shire president Ian Mickel said the recommendations would be discussed as part of the public consultation process, with the new system proposed to be implemented on July 1, 2023 — although that date was simply indicative at this stage.
The service would align with other WA local governments and aims to recycle garden organics into compost, with a three-bin system provided to eligible Shire residents.
According to a report presented at this week’s council meeting, 50 per cent of household waste in the bins of Esperance residents consisted of food and garden organics, therefore targeting those waste materials would provide a significant opportunity to reduce waste going to landfill.
The report stated the 240-litre lime green FOGO bin would be collected weekly, with the 140-litre red general waste bin and yellow-lidded 240-litre recycling bin to be collected alternatively on a fortnightly basis.
The Shire currently charges residents based on the size of the bin provided, but it is proposed to have a single fee for the “standard three-bin service.”
Another recommendation in the report was to provide a kitchen caddy to residents for them to collect food scraps in the kitchen, and encourage household members to be proactive with their waste management.
It said the local processing of FOGO waste materials would divert an estimated 3500 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.
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