Waste education

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Our Waste Plan

Here in the City of Rockingham we want to do our bit to ensure a sustainable future by reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill; in fact our Community’s Vision is: “A quality lifestyle. A sustainable future”, and it's one of our Community Aspirations to be a place of natural beauty where the environment is respected.

Resource recovery is about finding ways to recycle or reuse valuable materials that otherwise would be destined for landfill. The City has a Waste Plan 2020/2021, which aligns with the WA State Government’s direction to create a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste.

There are three main areas of focus, as set out in the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy):

  • Avoid - Western Australians generate less waste.
  • Recover - Western Australians recover more value and resources from waste.
  • Protect - Western Australians protect the environment by managing waste responsibly.

Further information on our waste targets, behaviour change activities and key operational actions can be found within our Waste Plan 2020/2021 below.

An annual review of our Waste Plan actions is submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) at the end of each financial year.

Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) - coming in mid-2025

As part of our Waste Plan 2020/2021 we are making the Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) service available to all residential properties that currently use the green-lidded garden organic bin.

The three-bin FOGO system commenced roll out in the Perth metropolitan area in 2019. The WA State Government is encouraging the introduction of this best-practice three-bin system throughout all local governments in the Perth and Peel regions by 2025.

Here in the City of Rockingham we want to do our bit to ensure a sustainable future by reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill; in fact our Community’s Vision is: “A quality lifestyle. A sustainable future”, and it's one of our Community Aspirations to be a place of natural beauty where the environment is respected. The City is implementing a FOGO waste collection service in the City of Rockingham by the end of June 2025.  This is simply an expansion of the existing three-bin GO (Garden Organic) service which was implemented in 2017.

The FOGO journey

We are working through all the details of how a FOGO service can be best delivered in the City of Rockingham and will keep you updated on our progress.

FOGO may bring about a change in how you dispose of you waste in your household so we will doing lots of community education to make sure everyone understands their role in helping to reduce waste for the benefit of our environment.

If you have any questions about the roll out of a FOGO service in the City of Rockingham, please call us on 9528 0333, email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au or read the frequently asked questions below.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics, Garden Organics and is a waste collection and processing program. Under the FOGO program you will be able to add food waste and other organic waste, such as garden waste to your green bin for kerbside collection. The contents of a FOGO bin can be turned into compost, mulch and soil conditioner, diverting materials from landfill.

Why is the City of Rockingham moving to FOGO?

The less we send to landfill, the better for our natural environment. We are joining 19 other local governments that have moved to the FOGO program under the State Government's commitment to have all local governments in the Perth and Peel regions on FOGO by 2025.

When will FOGO collection start in Rockingham?

Mid-2025.

What do I need to do?

Nothing until the middle of 2025.

Can I opt out of the FOGO program?

No, once rolled out, the FOGO collection will become the standard collection service within our City.

How will the FOGO system work?

You will be provided with an indoor kitchen caddy (5-8 litres capacity) and certified compostable caddie liners (AS 4736-2006) that you can put your food waste in. When the liner is full, simply take it out of the caddy and pop it in your green bin. This will be collected during a weekly kerbside collection and taken to a waste management facility where it will be repurposed into compost, garden mulch and soil conditioner. 

Can I get an extra red bin?

Yes, an additional annual fee will apply for residents who want an extra red bin. It’s currently $224 per annum as at 2024/2025.

I live in a high-rise/apartment building. Will I be getting a FOGO caddy?

Not initially, as high-rise apartment buildings have minimal green/garden space there is not currently an organic waste bin collection service for this type of accommodation/residence. If it is possible for the high-rise/apartment building to implement the FOGO service then a caddy will be provided.

How will I get my FOGO kitchen caddy?

It will be delivered to your house before FOGO collection starts in mid-2025.

What will change with my bin collection?

Food waste makes up over 50 per cent of our general waste. As this will now be combined with our garden waste, we’re making some changes to what bin is collected, and when. Here’s the breakdown: 

  • 240 litre FOGO Bin (green lid) collected weekly.
  • 140 litre General Waste Bin (red lid) collected fortnightly.
  • 360 litre Recycling Bin (yellow lid) collected fortnightly.

Your collection day may also change, check Near Me and enter your address for your most up to date waste collection information.

Why is my general waste only being collected fortnightly under FOGO?

Making the most of your FOGO bin means you put less in your general waste bin.

 

Waste Education

Environmental Education Program

We are committed to providing free and accessible education to our residents and businesses, including the facilitation of workshops and presentations to help you rethink your waste.

Stay tuned for more information as we update our waste education offerings in 2024.

To meet the objectives and targets set out in our Waste Strategy, we are currently developing an environmental education program. For more information and updates on waste education, please contact the Environmental Education Officer on 9528 0333.

Be a GREAT Sort!

Did you know that your red-lidded general waste bin could be almost empty each week? With a bit of waste sorting at home, you could have 60 per cent less go into your general waste bin. Join Western Australians in making landfill the last resort by doing better than the bin. 

How to be a GREAT Sort?

G – Gift stuff to charity, swap or sell. 

R – Recycle these 5: plastic, glass, cans, paper and cardboard. 

E – Earth-cycle food scraps and garden compost.

A – Avoid excess packaging and disposable containers. 

T – Take to drop-offs batteries, light globes, e-waste and chemicals. 

Learn more about Waste Sorted – A Waste Authority program and download your own stickers and posters for free.  

 

WasteSorted Schools Program

The WasteSorted Schools program is run through the Waste Authority, and offers WA schools the opportunity to develop smarter waste practices through the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” principle. The program is free to Western Australian schools and provides great support and resources to teachers with activities linked to the WA Curriculum. Schools also have the opportunity to apply for grants towards their waste wise activities.

Want to get started implementing a waste reduction project? WasteSorted Schools grant round two is now open and will close 4pm Tuesday 6 August, 2024.

For further information please visit the WasteSorted Schools website.

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