Copper Coast Council announced in 2020, that from the 1st July a new three-bin Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO/Organics) collection service will be introduced, which will cater for all properties to put their food waste into the green bin along with their garden waste, reducing the production of harmful greenhouse gases and relieving pressure on landfill space.
Council is committed to diverting all food waste away from landfill and thank you for helping us to achieve this goal. A recent bin audit conducted in 2020 revealed that over half of the waste thrown into the red bin by a typical household in the Copper Coast Council is organic material (food and garden waste). This valuable resource is sent to landfill and lost forever. Placing food and garden waste into the lime green lid bin, will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill.
The decision to move to a FOGO system enables us to utilise State Government education initiatives and marketing campaigns, but also apply for future Green Industries grant funding. Over the years, EPA requirements of mandatory closure of local landfill sites and the creation of a licensed Resource Recovery Centre has proved costly. With all Adelaide metropolitan Councils implementing FOGO and some regional Councils in the process, this decision will minimise cost increases.
From the 1st July 2021, the general waste bin (red lid bin) will be collected fortnightly, the lime green lid bin (organics) will be collected fortnightly and the yellow lid bin (recyclables) will also be collected fortnightly. This system will assist with reducing the amount of waste placed in the red lid bin and increase the usage of the lime green lid bin.
Kitchen Caddy Bins
Under the new Organic system, the use of a kitchen bin caddy lined with a compostable corn starch bag will assist with collecting and disposing of compostable material in the lime green lid waste bin, for example:
* fruit and vegetable scraps
* processed food and leftovers from meals such as meat, fish, chicken
* bread, egg (including egg shells)
* dairy products
* coffee grounds and tea bags
* non glossy paper and cardboard (including pizza boxes)
Initially, kitchen caddy bins and compostable corn starch bags will be delivered free of charge to business and residents in the delivered to business and residents in the township service area. Residents living in rural living areas or receive a rural centralised collection service will need to collect theirs from the Kadina Office or the Resource Recovery Centre.
Avoiding food waste is an important step. Read our food waste avoidance tips.
For more information, refer to the website or call the Kadina Council Office.
Official announcement available here: www.coppercoast.sa.gov.au/noticeboard/latest-news/adopting-new-waste-collection-system .
If you don’t have a Lime Green Lid Bin – you can purchase one from either Wardles Garbage Contractors or any of the hardware stores in the area.
Wardles Garbage Contractors have parts – including replacement lids.
Until the above commencement date, only garden waste materials are acceptable. Until then, Keep an eye out for more information about what kinds of materials can be placed into the Lime Green Lid Bin and how you can get involved.
Will Council be providing a Kitchen Caddy Bin to capture and store food scraps?
Properties will be provided with:
- A benchtop kitchen caddy bin (a 7 litre plastic tub and lid made from 100% recycled plastic).
- Approved compostable kitchen caddy liners, made from natural corn starch - not plastic.
- An education pack, including a FOGO information booklet, ‘FOGO, Recycling and Waste Guide’ and a 2020-21 waste (landfill) bin collection calendar.
Wont my Bin Smell with Food in it?
Lime Green Lid bin odour can be effectively managed by taking a few simple steps.
Food scraps placed in the corn starch bag and then places in the Lime Green Lid Bin should contain any smell as long as it is placed out for collection each fortnight (which is legislative).
You can use your own kitchen caddy if you prefer but there are also alternatives to using a caddy liner.
- You can also be stored in an old ice cream container with a lid (or similar) before being taken out and emptied into the Green Bin. It is recommended food waste storage containers are emptied regularly and rinsed between uses. Food scrap containers can be stored in the fridge during warmer months and recycled and replaced when necessary!
- Store your Green Bin in the shade.
- Layer your food waste with garden waste materials such as dried grass clippings and leaves.
- You can also wrap your food waste in a small kitchen towel or tissue before placing it in your bin.
- You can store all of your food waste in a tub (eg an old ice cream tub) in your freezer until the night before collection and then you can empty your food waste into the bin.
- Most items that would have caused bad smells in your waste bin such as food and garden waste will (still be collected weekly in your FOGO bin.)
How FOGO works
FOGO bins accept food and garden waste together. They will be collected weekly for Businesses and fortnightly for residents and their contents hot-composted to produce soil conditioner products for improving soil, growing healthy gardens and supporting food production.
What happens to the material after it is collected?
It is taken to a composting facility, where it undergoes some very specific processing. Ultimately all the materials (food and garden waste) are processed into mulch and nutrient rich compost that improves soil health, fertility and productivity for use within the agricultural and horticultural sector.
Is the New FOGO service going to cost me anything?
Businesses and Residents will be required to purchase a Lime Green Lid Bin (approx. $75 delivered to your home), if you don’t already have one. Residential ratepayers will receive a small subsidy on their first rate notice of 2021/22 towards this cost.
The Kitchen Caddy Bin and Cornstarch bags will be provided free of charge for the first five years to Businesses and Residents. (Subject to grant application success).
I don’t have a Lime Green Lid Bin – what does this mean for me?
You can purchase a new 240 Litre Lime Green Lid Bin today and start using it for your garden waste materials. The bins are available from Wardles Garbage Contractors, or any of the hardware stores in the area. Then from FOGO implementation date, you can start including all your loose food scraps in addition to garden waste materials playing your part in securing a sustainable future for the Copper Coast.
You do not have to have a Lime Green Lid Bin – as this stage, it is voluntary. Food waste will still be accepted in your Red Lid Bin but in time it will be phased out. Green waste is not accepted in your Red Lid Bin.
I already have a Lime Green Lid Bin – what does this mean for me?
This means that between now and the implementation date, you can continue to use your Lime Green Lid Bin as normal for green and brown garden waste materials (grass clippings, hedge trimmings, leave, weeds, flowers and small tree pruning).
As of FOGO implementation date, you can then add food waste to your Lime Green Lid Bin along with your garden materials. By placing all your food waste into the Lime Green Lid Bin (FOGO) rather than the Red Lid Bin (General Household Waste) you are playing your part in diverting waste from landfill, helping turn your food waste into a valuable resource.
What can I put in my Green Bin?
You can put much more than just fruit and vegetable in your FOGO bin. We accept:
- small branches
- garden prunings
- coffee grounds & tea leaves
- dairy products
- egg shells
- fruit & vegetable scraps
- bread, rice, pasta, noodles
- biscuits and all other processed food products.
- Most food waste, whether cooked, uncooked, processed or unprocessed food.
- Most garden waste.
Will I have enough space in my waste bin for a fortnightly collection?
- Yes. Based on waste bin audits, only 3% of what is currently put into the average waste bin should go to landfill.
- Thank you for using your Lime Green Lid Bin for garden waste and keeping this material out of landfill.
- If you use your FOGO and recycling bins correctly, you should have enough space in your waste bin even with fortnightly collections. With the introduction of FOGO, most households will see an increase in bin capacity.
- To make sure you can also divert your food scraps away from landfill, consider establishing a backyard compost bin for some of your excess garden materials and food waste in addition to utilising your Lime Green Lid Bin.
If you have concerns about your waste (landfill) bin meeting the needs of your household, please contact our Customer Service Team to discuss your options. This could include upsizing your waste bin for a fee.
Nappies, plastics and other contaminants
- Items such as plastic bags, wrappers, food containers and other general waste items cannot be processed by the composting facility.
- Just one plastic bag or nappy in the system can result in a 10 tonne truck of FOGO material being sent to landfill.
- FOGO cannot accept plastic (of any kind), food packaging, glass and nappies, even those labelled 'compostable'.
See a detailed list of what's not allowed in FOGO bins.
What if I already use a home compost bin or worm farm or feed my scraps to my chickens?
Excellent! Thank you for doing this – please keep doing it!
However, if you are still continuing to place some of your garden materials or food scraps that are not suited to composting in your Red Lid Bin (general waste) – then a Green Bin can actually complement backyard composting - helping you to divert ALL your Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) material away from landfill and making sure none of this valuable resource goes to waste. It provides additional capacity for garden waste, excess food and hard-to-compost items such as meat, citrus, chilli and processed foods.
Do I have to put all of my food waste in to my Lime Green Lid Bin?
No, it is not compulsory to use the Lime Green Lid Bin for food. While food waste is still acceptable in your Red Lid Bin, this material all ends up in landfill. Copper Coast Council is encouraging all residents to opt in for a Lime Green Lid Bin and help as best they can to divert this waste from landfill. Every little bit helps – thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions?
Where can I get more information?
Council will be providing lots more information between now and the 1st July. Keep an eye out to learn more about the service changes – details will also be regularly updated on our website, and on our Facebook page and in the Copper Post Newsletter.