Bunbury residents lead the way in reducing contamination

Friday, 21 December 2018 

A waste audit has revealed City of Bunbury residents are winning the war on waste with contamination rates for FOGO (food organics garden organics) bins dropping to 0.6 per cent.

A previous audit showed contamination at 3.15 per cent.

The audit carried out by the Banksia Road Compost Facility discovered just 6.5kg of 1060kg was considered contamination in audited FOGOs. A common contaminate was plastic bags or items which were recyclable.  

Since the 2013 introduction of the FOGO bins, more than 25,000 tonnes of organic material has been diverted from landfill meeting the State’s waste strategy target of 65 per cent. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said a focus on waste education the past 12 months has proven to be very effective. 

“Our Waste Education Officers have done an outstanding job in educating the community about the three-bin system and how to dispose of their waste correctly,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“The results show that the message is getting through and the community is committed to reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. 

Initiatives which have been recently introduced by the officers include free kitchen caddies and caddie liners for City residents, complementary reusable bags for residents, regular waste education information stalls at local shopping centres, school visits and also the recent partnership with the Responsible Cafes program.

Cafes which signed up to the program through the City were given 20 free Keep Cups to hand out to customers to reduce the amount of takeaway cups going to landfill. So far 19 cafes have signed up.

The City has also recently introduced the community to its three waste mascots – Freddie FOGO, Lennie Landfill and Reggie Recycling. The trio will be used to further educate and spread the word about effective waste management.

For more on the three-bin system and other waste-related information please click here