Watch Your Waste

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Welcome to Watch your Waste, the City’s community engagement platform page for all things related to waste and recycling!

Let’s face it, we produce a lot of waste. Every week or fortnight we fill our wheelie bins and roll them out to the kerb to be emptied. But we all know that waste doesn’t just “go away”. It has to be dealt with and there are many processes involved in dealing with waste which is typically something most people don’t discuss or know much about. So we want to get the conversation started, we want to know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on waste issues so we can all be better informed about waste in our community.

Check the News Feed section below for any changes or news worthy items in waste. Look to the "Tell us your ideas" tab to share your ideas on waste initiatives you would like to see supported within the City of Busselton. Or refer to the Q & A section to ask us a question you have about waste or recycling.

Welcome to Watch your Waste, the City’s community engagement platform page for all things related to waste and recycling!

Let’s face it, we produce a lot of waste. Every week or fortnight we fill our wheelie bins and roll them out to the kerb to be emptied. But we all know that waste doesn’t just “go away”. It has to be dealt with and there are many processes involved in dealing with waste which is typically something most people don’t discuss or know much about. So we want to get the conversation started, we want to know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on waste issues so we can all be better informed about waste in our community.

Check the News Feed section below for any changes or news worthy items in waste. Look to the "Tell us your ideas" tab to share your ideas on waste initiatives you would like to see supported within the City of Busselton. Or refer to the Q & A section to ask us a question you have about waste or recycling.

  • [ A BIG THUMBS UP TO FOGO TRIAL AREA PROVENCE! ]

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    8 months ago

    CONTAMINATION rates by residents in the Provence subdivision of the City of Busselton were among the lowest in the South West according to an independent audit last month of the FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) third bin scheme.

    Waste consultancy firm Zero Point Energy (ZPE) was hired to conduct an audit of the third bin scheme in September by taking one tonne of material from the FOGO waste trucks for seven separate South West shires at the composting site in Dardanup, and then sorting the material into organic waste and contamination waste.

    Residents in Provence are currently representing the City of Busselton in a six-month FOGO trial which started in August. Depending on its success, the FOGO third bin may be rolled out to the rest of the City of Busselton kerbside collection area next year.

    The audit by ZPE found that the City of Busselton’s contamination rate was only 1.16% (by weight). The contamination items found in the FOGO bins from Provence included drink cans, plastic, X-Rays and some scrap metal.

    The lowest contamination rate in the audit was Shire of Collie, closely followed by City of Busselton. Other Shires participating in the South West FOGO scheme are Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, City of Bunbury, Shire of Harvey, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and Shire of Capel.

    “Residents in Provence should be applauded for embracing the FOGO scheme so quickly,” said the auditors. “Further education should focus on removing packaging and plastic from food and cardboard items in the FOGO bins.”


    CONTAMINATION rates by residents in the Provence subdivision of the City of Busselton were among the lowest in the South West according to an independent audit last month of the FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) third bin scheme.

    Waste consultancy firm Zero Point Energy (ZPE) was hired to conduct an audit of the third bin scheme in September by taking one tonne of material from the FOGO waste trucks for seven separate South West shires at the composting site in Dardanup, and then sorting the material into organic waste and contamination waste.

    Residents in Provence are currently representing the City of Busselton in a six-month FOGO trial which started in August. Depending on its success, the FOGO third bin may be rolled out to the rest of the City of Busselton kerbside collection area next year.

    The audit by ZPE found that the City of Busselton’s contamination rate was only 1.16% (by weight). The contamination items found in the FOGO bins from Provence included drink cans, plastic, X-Rays and some scrap metal.

    The lowest contamination rate in the audit was Shire of Collie, closely followed by City of Busselton. Other Shires participating in the South West FOGO scheme are Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, City of Bunbury, Shire of Harvey, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and Shire of Capel.

    “Residents in Provence should be applauded for embracing the FOGO scheme so quickly,” said the auditors. “Further education should focus on removing packaging and plastic from food and cardboard items in the FOGO bins.”


  • FOGO third waste bin trial

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    about 1 year ago

    The City of Busselton is soon trialling a third waste bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) in the Provence area (Yalyalup). Residents in the neighbourhood will be provided a new lime green-lidded wheelie bin, a kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners in which to dispose of their food organics and green waste. FOGO includes items such as kitchen scraps, meat, lawn clippings, small branches and garden debris. This organic waste will be turned into nutrient-rich compost and be put back into the land. The 3 bin system has proven to assist councils in diverting approximately 65% of household rubbish from going to landfill.

    The trial collection service will begin on Wednesday 7 August and will last for 6 months. The recycling collection schedule in Provence will remain the same whilst the new FOGO bin will be collected weekly and general waste will transition to a fortnightly collection.

    An education program will be undertaken to increase community awareness and to gain feedback on the project.

    After the trial, the City will decide whether to keep the program going within the Provence estate and to potentially expand the third bin to other areas within the district.

    Keep your eye out for updates on the project here or send an email to the City’s Recycling Education Officer, Elizabeth Mulhall, elizabeth.mulhall@busselton.wa.gov.au if you have any questions

    The City of Busselton is soon trialling a third waste bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) in the Provence area (Yalyalup). Residents in the neighbourhood will be provided a new lime green-lidded wheelie bin, a kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners in which to dispose of their food organics and green waste. FOGO includes items such as kitchen scraps, meat, lawn clippings, small branches and garden debris. This organic waste will be turned into nutrient-rich compost and be put back into the land. The 3 bin system has proven to assist councils in diverting approximately 65% of household rubbish from going to landfill.

    The trial collection service will begin on Wednesday 7 August and will last for 6 months. The recycling collection schedule in Provence will remain the same whilst the new FOGO bin will be collected weekly and general waste will transition to a fortnightly collection.

    An education program will be undertaken to increase community awareness and to gain feedback on the project.

    After the trial, the City will decide whether to keep the program going within the Provence estate and to potentially expand the third bin to other areas within the district.

    Keep your eye out for updates on the project here or send an email to the City’s Recycling Education Officer, Elizabeth Mulhall, elizabeth.mulhall@busselton.wa.gov.au if you have any questions