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City of Kalamunda, get ready to FOGO in September/October 2024!

FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) refers to the weekly collection of food scraps and garden organics, which once collected will be turned into compost, soil conditioner and mulch. A handy way to think about FOGO is 'if it didn't live or grow, it isn't FOGO'.

As the population grows, so does the amount of waste generated. It is important that we take action on our waste now. The FOGO bin service diverts a significant amount of organic waste from landfill, and instead recycles it into compost.

The FOGO bin has already been successfully introduced in several local government areas and others are joining this sustainability initiative. Everyone can help reduce the impact of waste and improve environmental outcomes by using their kerbside bins correctly.

Currently, residents within the City of Kalamunda, generate about 480kg of waste per annum per resident, which is the seventh highest within the 32 Councils that make up the Perth and Peel region. Of this 480kg, only 22% is diverted away from landfill. The current waste system is not sustainable or in line with best practice kerbside collection.

The rollout of FOGO is supported by the Government of Western Australia and the Waste Authority through the Better Bins Program as well as the Better Bins Plus: GO FOGO Program.

Want to know more? Check out our FOGO FAQs.

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What is FOGO and ‘Better Bins’?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics and refers to the collection of food scraps and natural material from your garden to create high quality compost through a three-bin system.

FOGO is currently best practice for waste management and recycling and previous implementation shows it will double, at a minimum, the amount of waste diverted away from landfill (though this may be much larger depending of the area and bin system currently in place).

FOGO is part of the statewide ‘Better Bins’ initiative as part of the WARR strategy, which aims to reduce waste through a multi-pronged circular approach including strategies to:

  1. Avoid – help people generate less waste to start with 
  2. Recover – help people recycle more and reduce contamination
  3. Recover – ensure more value is extracted from waste 
  4. Protect – ensure waste is managed responsibly to protect the environment

Learn more about ‘Better Bins’ and FOGO.

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Learn more about statewide wastes initiatives or download the WARR Strategy 2030.

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