The $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program is an initiative of the Government of Western Australia, delivered by the Waste Authority. The program supports local governments to provide better practice three‑bin kerbside collection systems, including a dedicated bin for food organics and garden organics (FOGO).
Better Bins Plus supports a headline commitment in Western Australia’s Waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy 2030 (waste strategy) to roll out a consistent three‑bin kerbside collection system, which includes separation of FOGO from other waste categories, by all local governments in the Perth and Peel regions by 2025.
The Waste Authority’s Better practice FOGO kerbside collection guidelines describe better practice three‑bin kerbside collection services, including mobile garbage bins, kitchen caddies and liners, complementary measures and actions to support markets for FOGO-derived materials. Better Bins Plus provides funding to local governments that deliver kerbside services consistent with the guidelines.
Better Bins Plus is supported by the WasteSorted Toolkit, which helps local governments and regional councils communicate with residents about how to sort their waste correctly.
Better Bins Plus funding is accessible to all local governments in Western Australia.
Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO participants
Local governments participating in Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program are:
- the cities of Albany, Bayswater, Belmont, Bunbury, Fremantle, Kalamunda, Melville, Nedlands, Subiaco, Swan and Vincent
- the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Collie, Dardanup, Esperance, Harvey, Mundaring and Serpentine-Jarrahdale
- the towns of Bassendean, Claremont, Cottesloe, East Fremantle and Mosman Park.
Local governments delivering FOGO services but not currently participating in Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program are:
- the shires of Capel and Donnybrook-Balingup.
Applications now open
The fifth funding round opens Saturday, 1 July 2023 and will close at midnight WST, Sunday 30 June 2024.
Applications started in a financial year must be submitted by the end of that financial year – otherwise a new application will need to be started and submitted in the next financial year.
Contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your local government FOGO project and be given access to the SmartyGrants application form.
Important update – June 2023
The Waste Authority has approved improvements to the Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program to encourage delivery of better practice three-bin FOGO collection services by local governments.
These improvements will:
- increase payments to $25 or $15 per household for all future approved projects, with the higher amount being provided to local governments that have not received funds from the earlier Better Bins program
- provide top-ups to existing Better Bins Plus project payments to a combined maximum of $25 or $15 per household, conditional on this funding being used to improve the performance of existing FOGO services, supported by approved project plans.
Once grant applications reopen, they will remain open year-round so that local governments can apply when it best suits their planning needs.
These new arrangements will commence in 2023–24. Further details will be provided soon.
The updated Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO funding guidelines will be available in August 2023.