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FOGO (Food Organics, Green Organics) Collection

FOGO (FOOD ORGANICS AND GREEN ORGANICS)

Council are in the process of reviewing it's current kerbside collection program in conjunction with Federal and State's government's vision to promote sustainability of waste that can be recycled, moving to decrease landfill and increase recycling

Many recyclable materials are currently ending up in landfill, which will be a long-term financial and environmental issue for many generations.

To gain a better understanding of the Community's knowledge on waste, Council recently circulated two surveys which ended on the 11th September 2020, one for businesses and one for residents to collate key data on:

  • waste streams and disposal requirements
  • level of participation and knowledge of the current waste system
  • support for a proposed Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system.

In total 19 businesses and 286 residents completed the surveys. The response from the public to Council’s FOGO survey, found 98.4% of respondents:

  • Support the implementation of moving to a FOGO system with use of a kitchen caddy
  • Encourage Council to investigate ways to reduce waste and increase recycling
  • Would like Council to be more environmentally sustainable.

Council will now investigate the practice of a FOGO system to be potentially implemented in the households of the Copper Coast in the near future.

To help educate the community further we have been publishing regular recycling tips on our Facebook page.

ADOPTING NEW WASTE COLLECTION SYSTEM

Copper Coast Council is excited to announce a new three-bin Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO) collection service, which will cater for all properties across the region from 1st July 2021.

From this date, all residents will be able to put their food waste into the green bin along with their garden waste.

A recent bin audit has revealed that over half of the waste thrown into the red bin by a typical household in the Copper Coast Council is food and garden materials.  This valuable resource is sent to landfill and lost forever. By placing food and garden waste into the green bin, you will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill.

Every time you use the green bin instead of the red bin, less food and garden waste ends up in landfill, reducing the production of harmful greenhouse gases and relieving pressure on landfill space.

We are committed to diverting all food waste away from landfill and thank you for helping us to achieve this goal.

Rural properties outside the Township Service Area will be provided with a weekly three-bin waste collection service at centralised collection points from 1st December 2020.

Our current Kerbside Collection Service excludes farming or agricultural properties. Previously Rural households were able to dispose of their waste through burning or dumping on their private landfill. However, changes to State legislation has made this difficult for rural households and we’ve been working hard to find solutions to this.

Council’s contractors have agreed to have a number of collection points for all rural households to place out a mobile wheelie bin for each waste stream (3 bins).

Letters have been sent out to rural properties to announce this change, and to advise they will be required to register as they will need a sticker on their bin.

The FOGO three-bin system will also replace the current Green Waste Kerbside Collection Service offered to businesses and residents within the Township Service Area.

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.

Businesses will move to a weekly three-bin FOGO kerbside collection service from 1st February 2021, while residents will have a fortnightly service from 1st July 2021.

While the general waste bin (red bin) will now be collected fortnightly, the green bin (compostable) would be increased from monthly to fortnightly collection. This system is made to reduce the amount of waste placed in this bin and increase the use of the green bin.

According to KESAB’s bin audit on the Copper Coast (September 2020), our current kerbside bin system would only have allowed 3% of materials collected from 100 properties to be compostable. Under the new system, where the Green Waste bin becomes a FOGO bin, that percentage would increase to 45%.

FOGO Kitchen caddies

We will be offering kitchen caddies to eligible residents, so that food scraps can be captured, stored and transported to household green bins for collection.

Under the new FOGO system, the use of a bin caddy lined with a compostable corn starch bag would make the following wastes disposable in the green waste bin:

*           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

*           paper and cardboard (including pizza boxes)

*           hair.

For more information, refer to the Agenda from October’s Council Meeting on our website or call the Kadina Council Office. and keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our Public Notices.

Official announcement available here: www.coppercoast.sa.gov.au/noticeboard/latest-news/adopting-new-waste-collection-system

Facts about Food Organics and Garden Organics


Summary

  • Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) will be commencing 1st July 2021.
  • FOGO collections are fortnightly and will replace monthly green waste collections.
  • Your waste bin collection will become a fortnightly service.
  • Residents will have access to a small plastic caddy and a roll of compostable caddy liners for collecting food waste in their kitchens.
  • Our new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service allows residents to put food and garden waste in the same bin, reducing the quantity of waste going to landfill.
  • The material is turned into soil conditioner products and used to grow food and plants.

What does FOGO mean?

FOGO stands for ‘Food Organics Garden Organics’ and describes the materials that can go into your Green Bin from July 1.

Food Organics (FO) is any food waste material generated from meal preparation and plate scrapings. Garden Organics (GO) is all green and brown garden material such as grass clippings, weeds, flowers, hedge trimmings, small twigs and branches etc.

The change is that from 1 July 2021, loose food will also be accepted in the Green Bin along with garden materials – essentially it is changing from a GO to a FOGO!

When are the changes happening?

The changes to the Green Bin services start from July 1 2021. Up until then you can continue to use your Green Bin for garden materials as normal, however please do not start adding food materials until 1 July.

Why we introduced FOGO

Residents said that reducing the quantity of waste sent to landfill was important.

Waste audits undertaken earlier this year found that the majority of waste thrown in the Red Bin by a typical Copper Coast household each week is food scraps and garden waste materials.

Food and garden waste makes up more than half the contents of the average waste bin. Before FOGO, this was sent to landfill, creating harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

If used effectively, the new FOGO service will reduce the quantity of waste going to landfill and return valuable nutrients back to the land.

When food and garden waste is sent to landfill (via the Red Bin), not only is that valuable resource ‘lost’, it also breaks down slowly and releases methane gas – which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Diverting food waste, along with garden waste, into the Green Bin from 1st July will prevent this from happening.

By providing residents with the option to put loose food waste into the Green Bin, Council is committed to providing services to Copper Coast residents that ensures a sustainable future for the Copper Coast.

Bin collection frequencies

Your FOGO bin will be collected fortnightly. This is an increase in frequency from the previous monthly green waste bin collection.

Your recycling collection will also remain fortnightly.

And with around half your current waste being diverted to your FOGO bin, the household waste (landfill) bin service will also be switched to a fortnightly collection.

FOGO starting dates

FOGO is a permanent council kerbside bin collection service. It is being rolled out from the 1st July 2021

Avoiding food waste is an important step to take before FOGO launches. Read our food waste avoidance tips.

What should I being doing to prepare?

From 1st July, all your food waste materials can be placed in your Green Bin. Until then, only garden waste materials are acceptable. Keep an eye out for more information about what kinds of materials can be placed into the Green Bin and how you can get involved. Remember the changes only start from July 1.

If you don’t have a Green Bin – you can purchase one from either Wardles Garbage Contractors or any of the hardware stores in the area.

Will Council be providing a container to capture and store food scraps?

Properties will have access to the following:

  • A benchtop kitchen caddy (a small 7L plastic tub and lid made from 100% recycled plastic).
  • Approved compostable 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.

Food scraps 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!

You can use your own kitchen caddy if you prefer. There are also alternatives to using a caddy liner.

How FOGO works

FOGO bins accept food and garden waste together. They will be collected fortnightly 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 this going to cost me anything?

Yes, the cost will be the same as the current upgrade to service if you do not have a green bin already (ie the purchase of a new bin).

I don’t have a Green Bin – what does this mean for me?

You can purchase a new Green 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 1st July 2021, 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.

What size Green Bins are available?

Households are entitled to have a 240L Green Bin collected.

Do I have to get a Green Bin?

You do not have to have a Green Bin – it is voluntary only. Food waste is still accepted in your Red Bin.

I already have a Green Bin – what does this mean for me?

This means that between now and 1st July 2020, you can continue to use your Green Bin as normal for green and brown garden waste materials (grass clippings, hedge trimmings, leave, weeds, flowers and small tree pruning).
As from 1 July 2021, you can start to add loose food waste into your Green Bin along with your garden materials. By placing all your food waste into the Green Bin (FOGO) rather than the Red Bin (general 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 veg in your FOGO bin. We accept:

  • grass
  • leaves
  • twigs
  • small branches
  • garden prunings
  • weeds
  • bamboo
  • flowers
  • coffee grounds & tea leaves
  • dairy products
  • egg shells
  • meats
  • seafood
  • bones
  • 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 Green 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 Green 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.

Food waste actually does not take up a large amount of volume in your bin so you may be surprised what you can fit in!

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 1 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 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 Green Bin?

No, it is not compulsory to use the Green Bin for food. While food waste is still acceptable in your Red Bin, this material all ends up in landfill.  Copper Coast Council is encouraging all residents to opt in for a Green Bin and help as best they can to divert this waste from landfill.

Every little bit helps – thank you!

Won’t my bin start to smell with food in there?

Green bin odour can be effectively managed by taking a few simple steps. 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 (e.g. 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.

See our advice on avoiding smells in your waste bin and FOGO bin.


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.

Feel free to contact us with your FOGO questions on 8828 1200 or info@coppercoast.sa.gov.au