FOGO - Food Organics Green Organics

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics and will be collected with your fortnightly green-lidded bin.

Why do we collect FOGO?

FOGO can make up to 50% of kerbside landfill! This then breaks down to produce significantly high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. By diverting this food waste away from landfill, we can greatly reduce those emissions, and turn FOGO into valuable products (like compost).

Where does my FOGO end up?

Your FOGO is collected with your normal fortnightly green-lidded bin and is taken to a composting facility.

How to use your kitchen caddy

  1. Place compostable bag liner inside your kitchen food bin. (Alternately you can use newspaper or with no liner at all.)
  2. Place all your food waste in your kitchen bin.
    Keep the lid closed and keep the bin out of the sun.
  3. When the bag is full, tie it and place it in your green bin.

What can go in my green-lidded wheelie bin?

We really want your food waste – you can put it in loose or in a suitable liner.

You can also put garden organics in your green bin. Garden organics include:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves, weeds and flowers
  • Twigs and small branches

What goes in my kitchen caddy?

Eligible residents will receive a kitchen caddy that you can put your food scraps in. You will be given a roll of compostable bags to use in your caddy.

Food scraps can go into your kitchen caddy and include:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, cheese, seafood, bones, eggs
  • Bread, pasta, rice cereal
  • Tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Leftover food

What can’t go in my kitchen caddy or the FOGO wheelie bin?

Make sure to keep the following items out of your Food Organics Garden Organics bin.

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Nappies or wipes
  • Pet poo or kitty litter
  • Paper towel
  • Cardboard
  • Building waste, dirt or gravel

 The above list isn’t comprehensive – remember, if it doesn’t explicitly say you can put it in the caddy or wheelie bin, please put it in your residual (red-lidded) bin.

Do I need to use a liner?

No, you can use the kitchen caddy without a liner. You can rinse the caddy out after you have emptied it.

How long will a roll of liners last?

We have provided a supply that will last for about 6 months. Additional liners will be provided as we get close to the end of the first 6 months.

Tips for using your kitchen caddy

  • Keep the lid closed to prevent flies and pests getting in and laying eggs.
  • Keep the bin out of direct sunlight to prevent smells and pests.
  • Place meat, prawn shells and similar food scraps in the freezer until collection day, to avoid it smelling.
  • Drain excess liquids from your food scraps before putting them in your caddy.
  • Wash the bin regularly, both inside and out.
  • Council supplied compostable liners are preferred, but if you run out you can also use newspaper, or no liner at all. Simply rinse your caddy after emptying into your green-lidded bin.

I live in Bungendore, Braidwood or Captains Flat and already have a kitchen caddy – what can I do with it?

We encourage you to find a way to reuse the caddy. You can use it as a second caddy while one is being washed or they make great peg basket or plastic bag containers. If you don’t want to keep it, please place it in your residual (red-lidded) bin.

Who will receive a FOGO service?

FOGO will be rolled out to properties who already have their own individual 3-bin system (waste to landfill red lid bin, recycling yellow lid bin, green organics green lid bin).

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