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City of Bunbury is celebrating a decade of diverting Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) from landfill.

The City was the first local Government in Western Australia to introduce the three-bin FOGO system in 2013, marking 10 years of turning waste into compost.

During this time, the diversion from landfill rate increased from 17 per cent to 62 per cent.

Thanks to a generous grant from Waste Authority WA, the City will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary with a range of events, workshops and initiatives to be rolled out over the year.

The celebrations kick off on Friday 27 January when the Amazing Race 2023 – Waste and Recycling Edition will take over the CBD.

Then throughout the year, several food waste, sustainable style and DIY workshops will be held across Bunbury venues while Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and Bunbury Wildlife Park will also host events including during school holidays.

Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will also display a Waste and Recycling exhibition in May, and a collaboration between the City, Play Group WA, Investing in Our Youth literacy program and Bunbury Regional Toy Library will see FOGO mascot, Freddy, hosting birthday parties at a range of locations including Hudson Road Family Centre and Milligan House.

Ten Year Anniversary Events

DateEventWhat's happeningLocation
17 JanuaryGive Write Sorting DayThe City is holding a sorting day to sort the donated stationery we have been collecting through the Give Write Program.Milligan House
27 JanuaryAmazing Waste RaceParticipants will race around town to solve the clues and get to the next checkpoint. Whilst learning about reducing waste and recycling in Bunbury as well as general fitness and nutrition in a fun and interactive way.Bunbury CBD
9 MarchManaging My 3 Bins with a BabyOur workshop morning teas are the perfect way to find out more about modern cloth nappies and managing waste with small children. Topics covered include; tips on managing your waste and three bins with small children and learning about the different styles and information on storing and washing cloth nappies.Bunbury Public Library  
2 AprilSustainable Style WorkshopsJoin Ciara Lowe-Thiedeman aka The Style Counsellor, WA's leading sustainable style expert and award-winning Personal Stylist to learn how to dress more sustainably, shop mindfully and tackle common pre-loved shopping stigma. Learn to re-wear and repurpose clothing, and discover the key to becoming sustainably stylish: understanding your personal style.Dolphin Discovery Centre
11 AprilManaging My Three Bins with a BabyOur workshop morning teas are the perfect way to find out more about modern cloth nappies and managing waste with small children. Topics covered include; tips on managing your waste and three bins with small children and learning about the different styles and information on storing and washing cloth nappies.Bunbury Public Library  
14 AprilFOGO WorkshopCome and find out what can and can’t go in your FOGO, plus more.Milligan House
19 AprilGrandfamilies DayFreddy FOGO and the Waste Education team will be visiting GrandFamilies Day with fun games and activities, plus cake for Freddy FOGO's Birthday.Bunbury Wildlife Park
Month of MayCelebrating 10 Years of FOGO Waste Exhibition2023 is the City of Bunbury’s 10 Year milestone of introducing the FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) bin. For the month of May the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will be hosting a series of games and activities about recycling and reducing waste.Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
2 MayFreddy FOGO Birthday PartyCome and celebrate Freddy FOGO's birthday with a fun morning of games and activities.Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
11 MayManaging My 3 Bins with a BabyOur workshop morning teas are the perfect way to find out more about modern cloth nappies and managing waste with small children. Topics covered include; tips on managing your waste and three bins with small children and learning about the different styles and information on storing and washing cloth nappies.Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
13 MayDIY Cleaning Products WorkshopMake your own chemical-free and natural cleaning products for your home.Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
6 JuneFreddy FOGO Birthday PartyCome and celebrate Freddy FOGO’s birthday with a fun morning of games and activities.Milligan House
20 JuneFreddy FOGO Birthday PartyCome and celebrate Freddy FOGO’s birthday with a fun morning of games and activities.Hudson Road Family Centre