Results show community is embracing FOGO

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.

For more information about FOGO call 9278 4444 or go to FOGO Bin.

Landfill diversion started in 1997 with the introduction of the recycling crate. Diversion improved for a number of years before plateauing around 30%. 2003/04 saw the adoption of a new Waste Strategy with actions to introduce improved comingled recycling, and additional green bins. This resulted in an improvement in landfill diversion up to around 50%. In May 2020 FOGO was introduced, landfill diversion rate was 68%

“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