What is FOGO

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics and in July 2021, it will mean you can put your food scraps and garden organics in your new green-lid organics bin for composting into nutrient rich soil and mulch.

Council adopted its Zero Waste Strategy in 2019 recognising that zero waste to landfill is the future goal that will create a resilient community where resources are processed and utilised rather than disposed of as waste.

Composting of FOGO is part of the plan to improve the way we manage waste and diverting it from landfill has both financial and environmental benefits. 

Over the coming months we’ll keep you updated on all the details of the organics bin rollout which is scheduled to get underway in July 2021.

We will be updating this webpage regularly, adding downloadable resources and tips and tricks on how to make the most of your new three-bin system and how to help reduce waste to landfill.

Also follow us on Facebook page for weekly updates. www.facebook.com/snowyvalleysc

 Frequently Ask Questions

What is FOGO Material?

FOGO stands for Food Organics, Garden Organics.  In a nut-shell, FOGO is organic material including food-scraps, food soiled paper and general garden waste.

  • Food organics – leftovers (cooked or raw), spoiled food, baked good, fruit/vegetable scraps, bones, seafood, dairy, cheese, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grinds
  • Garden organics – lawn/grass clippings, weeds, leaves, flowers and small prunings
  • You can also put tissues, paper towel, napkins, soiled pizza boxes and food soiled paper packaging

 

Why separate Organics?

On average 50% of the contents of your red-lid general waste bin is food and garden organics that goes to landfill, putting pressure on already limited landfill space and generating greenhouse gases. By introducing an organics (green-lid) kerbside bin collection we will divert around 1,000 tonnes of household food and garden organics away from landfill each year.

Landfills are expensive and should be the last option for waste disposal. The faster the landfill space is used, the greater the cost to the community and the environment.

FOGO is a beneficial resource and if collected and processed appropriately, it can be turned into soil and mulch that can be used in farms, parks and sportsfields. 

 

What's wrong with food scraps going to landfill?

Food scraps generate methane in a landfill. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 21 times worse than carbon dioxide. Less methane production in our landfill means we are contributing to reducing our environmental impact. 

 

Who will be part of this change?

All residents who have a residential waste collection service (approximately 5,300 properties) will be provided with the weekly Organics collection service.

The success of the new FOGO service relies on having no contaminants in your green-lid Organics bin. FOGO is not just about choosing the right bin, it’s about changing the way we think about waste.

What is a contaminant?

Major contaminants include plastic bags, plastic wrap and other items that belong in your general waste or recycling bin.

 

When will the Organics kerbside collection start?

The roll-out of the new 240 litre green-lid Organics bins and kitchen caddies will begin in July 2021. The roll-out will coincide with a bin harmonisation project which will see replacements of all 120 litre general waste bins with new branded 140 litre red-lid bins and new 240 litre branded yellow-lid bins for recycling.

 

How will I know when to start sorting my FOGO material from my household waste?

We'll be making sure every household has handy reference information to help with the new organics collection service and transition to three-bin service.

When we distribute your new green-lid organics bin you will also receive a free kitchen caddy and compostable bags.

What will change?

Snowy Valleys Council's kerbside service is switching to a three-bin service from July 2021.

  • Your new green-lid organics bin will be collected weekly
  • Your red-lid general waste/landfill bin will become a fortnightly collection alternating with the yellow-lid recycle bin
  • Your yellow-lid recycling bin collection will remain a fortnightly collection alternating with the red-lid general waste bin 

You will be provided with a new collection schedule before the new service begins.

 

What if I already compost and don't have garden waste?

Your green-lid Organics bin can be used for items that you might not currently compost, such as dairy, bones, meat/fish scraps and weeds.

If you have specific circumstances you can contact Council's Resource Recovery Team to discuss your options.  Call 1300 275 782 (1300 ASK SVC) during business hours or email [email protected]

 

Where can I get more information?

Over the coming months we’ll keep you updated on all the details of the Organics bin rollout which is scheduled to get underway in July 2021.

We will be updating this webpage regularly, adding downloadable resources and tips and tricks on how to make the most of your new three-bin system and how to help reduce waste to landfill.

 Also keep an eye on our Facebook page for weekly updates.www.facebook.com/snowyvalleysc

Households will also receive further educational material and information with the delivery of bins, kitchen caddies and compostable bags.