In just two months, Boroondara residents have increased their diversion of waste away from landfill to almost 70 per cent.
It’s an improvement of approximately 20 percentage points, which has been driven by our new weekly Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service, launched on Monday 4 May 2020.
Residents are now diverting more than 200 tonnes of food waste per week, which previously has been destined for landfill, into their lime-green FOGO bin.
The food waste is then hot composted and turned into soil conditioner for use in horticulture and agriculture to grow more food and protect soils. Importantly, it is reducing our community’s environmental footprint.
For the past 16 years, Boroondara’s diversion of waste away from landfill has consistently measured around 50 per cent with weekly recycling and fortnightly green waste collections. FOGO has enabled an extra 20 per cent to be diverted, and this percentage is only expected to increase as more residents adjust to the new system and those in phase two (units between 4 to 15 properties) and phase three (businesses) move to a new service.
“Just wanted to say how impressive the FOGO changes are! I appreciate the innovative and proactive approach. It has made me aware of how much food waste went into our landfill bin, and more aware of what is still in my landfill bin.”
- Glennis, Surrey Hills
“We are loving it! We can see our weekly waste being cut down dramatically, and knowing the food and garden waste is composted is a great feeling. We keep each other accountable by checking what is and isn’t allowed and reinforce our good habits.”
- Calvin, Ashburton
“Congratulations on our efforts at landfill minimisation. Our seven-person household is managing with an 80L bin – and we hope to continue into the future with our little bin, even with fortnightly collections.”
- Deb, Balwyn