Geraldton’s organic waste disposal trial will run until June 2024, but with inconsistent success, the future of the trial remains uncertain. The City of Greater Geraldton began the food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste trial in 2020, supplying 500 residents with the green-lidded bins to help improve sustainable waste practices. FOGO such as food scraps and garden waste can be composted rather than sent to landfill, but only if separated from other rubbish. During the first phases of the trial, contamination with substances which were not allowed in FOGO bins was a cause for concern. This resulted in the introduction of bin tagging amongst participants, with coloured feedback tags given to participants on collection days. Green tags are for a good job, grey tags mean some improvement is needed and contaminated bins get taped closed. If this happens three times, those participants are out of the trial. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Jerry Clune said: “Intensive education and bin-tagging amongst the participants has been successful, however overall contamination rates have been variable and at this stage there are still no local processing facilities for FOGO waste. “Currently the City is undertaking a review of the FOGO trial, and as such no decision has been made regarding the introduction of a permanent FOGO system.” Should the trial be successful, Geraldton would be joining 18 local governments across WA in rolling out the system which was established in 2017, making up 200,000 total households using the system. Environment Minister Reece Whitby said: “The recycling of organic waste from households is the most impactful step Western Australians can take towards meeting household waste targets and avoiding associated greenhouse gas emissions.” A further 13 local governments have committed to establishing the system permanently. Waste recovery through FOGO has increased from 11,000 tonnes Statewide in 2017, to more than 65,000 tonnes last year.