- 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?
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?
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).
What can I put in my Green Bin?
You can put much more than just fruit and veg 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 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?
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.