In May 2020, we will launch one of the biggest service enhancements for Boroondara residents in decades - the FOGO bin collection.
The FOGO service will keep residential food waste out of landfill by accepting food and garden waste in the same bin. This waste will be turned into useful products for improving soil, growing healthy gardens, and supporting food production, all while reducing the environmental impact and costs which come with landfill.
Why is FOGO being introduced?
The Boroondara community has told us reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfill is a key priority.
At present, the average Boroondara waste bin contains 46% food waste and 6% garden waste, which currently goes to landfill.
Through the introduction of FOGO, we will be able to help residents divert up to 19,000 tonnes of food and garden waste per year from landfill and avoid thousands of tonnes of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The FOGO process
FOGO supports the 'circular economy', keeping resources in use for as long as possible. Instead of going to landfill, your FOGO waste is turned into soil conditioner which is used to grow food... and round and round it goes again!
Preparing you for FOGO
FOGO is a large project requiring a lot of preparation and will be implemented in two stages.
Properties that fall into our Stage One rollout will receive a number of items between March and May 2020, including:
- a FOGO information booklet
- a benchtop kitchen caddy (100% recycled plastic tub and lid)
- one year's supply (150) of Council-approved compostable caddy liners
- an updated 'FOGO, Recycling and Waste' guide, and a new waste collection calendar.
Stage Two properties can expect to receive these items after May 2020, with more information provided in the coming months.
Change of lid colour
Residents who currently have a green waste bin:
Your existing green waste bin has an orange lid. This will be replaced with a lime green lid, transforming this bin into your FOGO bin.
Residents who do not currently have a green waste bin:
You will receive a new additional bin with a lime green lid. This will be your FOGO bin.
Stage One residents can expect to see changes to bin lids between March and May 2020.
Your FOGO service in action
From May 2020, FOGO collections commence for residents in single-dwelling properties and units in blocks of up to 3, who currently receive our kerbside collections.
Between May 2020 to June 2021, FOGO collections commence for residents in units or apartments consisting of 4 to 15 dwellings, who currently receive our kerbside waste collections.
FOGO (lime green lid)
Your FOGO bin (previously fortnightly green waste) will be collected weekly.
Waste (dark green lid)
With around half your current waste bin expected to be diverted to your FOGO bin, waste bin collections will be swapped to fortnightly.
Recycling (yellow lid)
Recycling bin collections will remain weekly, alongside your FOGO bin.
Bin capacity increased
The majority of households within Boroondara will see an increase in bin capacity as a result of Council implementing the FOGO service. Here are 2 examples of common scenarios:
Sally currently has a 120 litre waste bin collected weekly and a 240 litre green waste bin collected fortnightly. Combined, this gives her household 480 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Once FOGO is introduced, Sally will have her 120 litre waste bin collected fortnightly and her 240 litre FOGO bin collected weekly, giving her 600 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Increase = 120 litres
Brian currently has a 120 litre waste bin collected weekly and does not have a green waste bin. This gives his household 240 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Once FOGO is introduced, Brian will have his 120 litre waste bin collected fortnightly and his new 120 litre FOGO bin collected weekly, giving him 360 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Increase = 120 litres
Note: the above calculations exclude weekly recycling bin collection.
Council will work with residents to ensure our waste and recycling services continue to meet the needs of our community. Tailored solutions will be provided for those who have shared bins in Council-serviced units and apartments.