A slow-speed shedder is the latest equipment acquired to help process a significant proportion of Perth’s Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) waste.

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) processes waste from the newly-introduced FOGO bins at its Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale.

The shredder was purchased earlier this year with a $250K contribution awarded from the Waste Authority’s 2020 WasteSorted grants.

SMRC’s CEO Tim Youé said the shredder is helping to gently break open caddy liners to release the food content to assist in the composting process.

“Pre-processing is helping to reduced contamination in the end products, whether that be compost, mulch or soil improver,” Mr Youé said.

Once passed through the shredder, the waste is screened to remove any unwanted contamination.

Once the FOGO materials has undergone pre-processing at the RRRC Waste Composting Facility, it is sent to external FOGO composting partner, Purearth where it is composted over the next two months and turned into various products.

The compost is certified under Australian standards, and available for purchase from retail outlets throughout the state.  

The RRRC is currently transitioning its Waste Composting facility into a FOGO processing one. Once complete, it will provide approximately 50% of the projected processing capacity required for the Perth metropolitan area FOGO roll out.


For further information please contact:

Brendan Doherty
Executive Manager Strategic Projects
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC)
Phone: 08 9329 2700 | Email

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC)
Phone: 08 9329 2700 | Email

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About the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) is one of five regional councils in the Perth metropolitan area and is a local government entity. The SMRC region currently spans 340km2, servicing 110,000 households with a combined population of over 288,000 people. The SMRC was established in 1991. Member councils include the City of Fremantle, City of Melville, City of Kwinana and Town of East Fremantle. 

Over the past 20 years, the SMRC has diverted 1.8 million tonnes of waste from landfill, processed 2.7 million tonnes of household domestic waste, produced more than 1.2 million tonnes of products for re-use and reducing the carbon impact of the waste stream by 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. The SMRC was also the first to roll out FOGO to metro households in 2019.

The RRRC was the first of its kind in Australia whereby all processing facilities are co-located together with integrated education and tours facilities. The RRRC is owned and operated by the SMRC and has allowed many barriers and impediments in the marketplace to be overcome and risks to be appropriately managed.