A new weekly Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service is coming to Boroondara, starting from Monday 4 May 2020.

Commonly known as ‘FOGO’, the service allows residents to dispose of food and garden waste together in a dedicated FOGO bin. The collected material will be processed into soil conditioning products for use in agriculture and horticulture.

“During community consultation for the Boroondara Community Plan, residents told us keeping waste out of landfill was a top priority and we are doing this by rolling out FOGO collections”, said Mayor Cynthia Watson.

“Council is excited to announce this expansion in our waste management services, which will prevent food and garden waste going to landfill. The average general waste bin in Boroondara contains 46% food waste and 6% garden waste. Prior to the addition of the new FOGO service, all of these re-usable materials were sent to landfill”, said Cr Watson. 

“FOGO will divert up to 19,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year and reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases”, said Cr Watson.

To implement the service, Council will provide households with a free kitchen caddy bin with 100% compostable liners, to store food scraps such as fish, meat, raw bones, bread, dairy, vegetables and fruit. When full, the caddy can be emptied into the FOGO bin. Residents without a current green waste bin will receive a new 120 litre FOGO bin. Orange lids on current green waste bins will be changed over to the new FOGO lime green lids. 

Coinciding with the launch of this service, Council will roll out an education campaign to give residents the information they need to make the best use of the service and reduce household waste, including resources to reduce food waste at home. 

“Boroondara residents play a critical role in reducing the amount of waste produced in their homes. Council’s website has useful resources to help avoid creating waste in the first place and how you can reduce the amount of overall household waste”, said Cr Watson.

Both FOGO and recycling bins will be collected weekly once the new service commences this May. With more than half the current contents of the general waste bin being diverted to FOGO, landfilled general waste will swap to a fortnightly collection.

“We have to be smarter about how we manage our waste and limit the pollution we cause. The best way to do this is to stop putting food waste into the general waste bins, which is ultimately sent to landfill”, said Cr Watson.

For more information on our Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service, visit: www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/fogo

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