Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)

Overview

We’re excited to be introducing a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service in 2020.

That means that along with garden waste, you will be able to put all food waste in your garden bin to be turned into compost. This will include:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • citrus, onion and garlic
  • meat, bones and seafood
  • coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
  • egg shells
  • dairy products
  • bread, pasta and cereal
  • used paper towel and shredded paper.

Free kitchen caddy and bin liners

If you have a garden bin, you will be provided with a benchtop kitchen caddy to store your food waste, one roll of 150 compostable caddy bin liners and a user guide to help you make the most of this new service.

What will change?

  • Your Food Organics Garden Organics bin (green lid) will be collected weekly.
  • Your rubbish bin (red lid) will be collected each fortnight if you live in a garden bin service area.
  • Your recycling bin (yellow lid) will continue to be collected fortnightly.

Having a weekly FOGO collection, coupled with fortnightly rubbish collection has been shown to significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Why FOGO makes sense

Recent audits of the shire’s kerbside bins found that up to 32.8% of the household garbage bin is food waste. This equates to approximately 150 kg per household of food waste each year that ends up in landfill. When food waste is sent to landfill it generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By collecting food waste through a FOGO service we have the potential to divert thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill every year, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Where does your food and garden waste go?

Everything you put in your garden bin will be turned into compost and used to enrich soils on regional farms and in local parks and gardens, converting a waste product into a resource. This also keeps down landfill fees and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced by landfill.

The Back to Earth Initiative has produced a great video that tells the story of how garden waste is turned into compost.

Note: All food and garden bin waste collected in the Macedon Ranges is sent to Biomix Premium Composts in Stanhope – a similar facility to the Bulla facility featured in the video below.

How will the FOGO service be rolled out?

The service will be rolled out in stages:

  • Stage 1: The rollout of the new FOGO service will begin in early 2020 to areas of the shire which currently receive the garden bin service. As part of stage 1, anyone in the current garden bin service area who does not currently have a garden bin will receive one, so they can use the new service.
  • Stage 2: In 2020/21 the weekly FOGO and fortnightly garbage service will be expanded to include Bullengarook, Monegeetta, Tylden and Malmsbury.
  • Stage 3: Council aims to expand the FOGO service to all remaining areas in the shire in 2023/24.

Already composting?

Firstly, thank you for composting at home, keep up the good work!

Consider the FOGO bin as an extension of the good work you are already doing and a means to take the pressure off your home compost or worm farm. The FOGO bin can take the hard to compost items and things the worms don’t like to eat like citrus, meat, bones, fish, dairy, bread, pasta etc. 

Questions?

If you’ve got any questions or would like more information, call our Resource Recovery team on (03) 5422 0333 or email mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au