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Three bins CoF


The City of Fremantle is moving towards the introduction of a new three bin system for household waste and recycling.

If introduced the new three bin system will include:

Weekly collection of a new 240 litre FOGO bin (with a lime green lid)

Fortnightly collection of the existing 240 litre co-mingled recycling bin (yellow lid)

Fortnightly collection of a new 140 litre general waste bin (red lid)

The City of Fremantle is part of the larger Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), where local governments in southern Perth work together to provide waste and recycling services for our residents.

Since 2016 CoF have been working closely with the other member councils to assess the merits of the three bin system, including a trial with 7000 homes in the City of Melville.

The results from the trial so far have been better than expected, with the bins being used correctly and less contamination of the FOGO bins than anticipated.

Subject to final approval, the three bin system will be introduced to more than 13,000 residential households in Fremantle in July and August next year.

The roll-out will include high-profile education program to let people know what to put in each bin and how the system will work.

Because of issues with access and space the roll-out will not include high-density areas like the city centre and some town houses, commercial properties or residential complexes with more than four units, although this will be subject to review over time.

The new system will mean the City will need to carry out an additional 400,000 bin lifts per year.

The capital cost of setting up the system – including purchasing the new bins – will be around $1.2 million, while additional ongoing operational costs will be between $250,000 and $350,000 per year.


Posted in environment, fremantle, growers green markets, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017


Boomerang Bags


The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market have taken on the challenge of banning plastic bags in the market and will join the Boomerang Bags project this Sunday. 

Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make re-usable (or boomerang) bags out of recycled material. It was only launched 3 years ago, and already 85,953+ Boomerang Bags have been made which has reduced plastic bag use by around 47 Million!

There are already 273+ Boomerang Bags Communities underway with Fremantle now joining the cause.

Growers Green  have been trying to educate the stallholders, and most are on board but plastic continues to come into the market. This is mostly due to lack of planning, forgetting to bring your own bags for shopping, or spontaneously deciding to buy a few things. 

The organisers aim is to make 1000 Boomerang Bags for Fremantle to really make an impact and be as handy and accessible as the plastic bag. The important thing is they are free for the shop and free for the customer. Shoppers will be offered free-to-borrow, re-usable bags made by volunteers.

It has been reported that Australian consumers use about 3.92 billion plastic bags per year, and it’s up to all of us to make a difference for the health of our environment and the animal life we impact.

Boomerang Bags Fremantle are hoping that sewing groups, social groups, students and community members can help with this wonderful initiative and join on Sundays  for bag making; or create their own bags to donate. All bags must be made from recycled fabric and there is a silk screen available for branding the bags.

The market is on every Sunday from 8 am to midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.



Posted in art, artists, fremantle, recycling by freoview on October 20, 2016

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The CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards are on again from Saturday October 22 to 30 on the beach at Rockingham next to the lovely boardwalk with the many cafes.

The artworks are made from recycled materials and always great fun. Several Fremantle J Shed artists are participating such as Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johanson, so make your way to Rocky on the hot weekend.

The show is curated by Fremantle based Lyn DiCiero who is the owner/editor of the Artist Chronicle magazine.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling by freoview on September 17, 2015

The discussion last evening at the Strategic and Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle about a trial of grey water recycling at Leighton Beach was interesting, with Councillor Rachel Pemberton passionately wanting to go against the officers’ recommendation and continue with what she called a feasibility study which would make Fremantle a leader.

The proposed collaboration on this with the imminent hotel development is not going ahead as the developers pulled out of taking part in the trial, and there are many unknowns and issues that in my opinion warrant caution.

The treated grey water should not come in contact with humans, so how is one going to prevent that near a public beach? Water from sprinklers will be blown all over the place and footpaths by the wind, so can we take that risk? How safe is treated grey water for birds, insects and other wildlife?

Why does a trial like that have to be near a beach, with Councillor Dave Hume repeating it would be better at South Beach. But it needs a substantial new development to make it work and there is none happening at South Beach.

Should the small City of Fremantle really spend many tens of thousands of dollars on trying unproven new technology when no one else seems to want to give it a try? These kinds of projects should be run by state and federal governments but not by a small local government with little resources and income that is often struggling to find money for basic maintenance in our city.

Fremantle needs to go back to governing for local people and stop pretending it is a state government, and that it needs to be a front runner and try out things we can’t really afford. Let’s do the practical and basic things first and well to look after our environment. Let’s protect mature trees, plant heaps of mature and semi-mature trees more, look after our reserves, parks, gardens, make laws that require all new development to have solar power and rainwater tanks, suggest solar awnings and blinds on buildings, etc. etc. There are so many more achievable things we can do as a small city instead of wasting money on an untried technology that the CSIRO should be testing.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Stre. Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling by freoview on September 11, 2015


Fremantle people and visitors are getting rewarded for recycling plastic bottles when they put them in this new machine on the Esplanade Reserve.

Tell your kids to start collecting bottles so they can earn some pocket money!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield ward. Truly Independent.

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