Melville talks rubbish

A REVOLUTIONARY three-bin trial could be approved for Melville later this month.

Melville will be the first metropolitan council to trial the Food Organic Garden Organic System, designed to stop more food waste from reaching landfill.

Councillors are set to vote on which supplier will roll out the $850,000 trial to 7000 homes in October.

“The FOGO system will see resident’s current dark green bin replaced with a new 140 litre red-lidded bin, picked up fortnightly, for general rubbish and a new 240 litre lime green lidded bin, picked up weekly, for food organics and garden organics,” mayor Russell Aubrey said.

“Under the FOGO system residents recycling bin will be collected fortnightly, which should provide enough capacity for most households.

“However, residents who need more will have the option to upgrade to a larger 360L bin.”

The three-bin FOGO system is different to other council’s three-bin systems which only allow garden materials to be placed into the lime-green lid bin, leaving food waste to rot away in landfill sites, producing harmful greenhouse gases.

By putting all food and garden organics into the same bin, Melville aims to reduce the impact on the environment and produce a high-quality compost.

City officers recommend the city use Trident Plastics for the trial, which had the second cheapest quote at $747,000.

Officers recommended that council avoid the cheaper quote as their supply and delivery plan was “not as comprehensive”.

As the Chook reported in April, Fremantle and East Freo councils are also set to introduce a three-bin system.

by CHARLIE SMITH

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