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SA-first trial of weekly green waste collections in Holdfast Bay
Holdfast Bay residents will be the first in South Australia to take part in a weekly green-bin kerbside collection trial to help divert food waste from landfill.
Up to 1000 households can volunteer to have their green-lid FOGO bins – Food Organics Garden Organics - collected weekly, to make recycling food waste more convenient.
Those households will have their red-lid landfill bins collected fortnightly during the 12-month trial, which starts next month.
Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson is urging residents in the trial zones to sign-up.
“While Holdfast Bay residents are among the best recyclers in South Australia, we can do better and I am urging our residents to say yes to a weekly FOGO collection,” she said.
Currently, up to 40 per cent of waste placed in red-lid landfill bins is food waste and garden clippings, which could instead be placed in the green FOGO bins and turned into compost.
Food scraps like meat, bones, dairy and bread can all go into the FOGO bin along with pet waste, hair and compostable bags.
“Not only will it reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill, it provides our South Australian food growers with nutrient rich compost, creates jobs and reduces landfill fees.” Mayor Wilson said.
The trial zones include four suburbs in the Holdfast Bay area – Kingston Park, Seacliff and parts of Somerton Park and North Brighton.
Residents in the trial zones will receive information in the mail about the weekly FOGO trial and instructions on how to sign-up to the initiative.
The weekly collection of FOGO bins will start on 21 September and special arrangements can be made to accommodate large households.
“Once signed up, households will receive a welcome pack consisting of bin stickers to indicate their involvement in the trial, a new roll of compostable bags and a weekly FOGO bin waste calendar,” Mayor Wilson said.
“They can also ask for a new kitchen caddy to be delivered to ensure that recycling food scraps into the FOGO bin is always front of mind.
“We would also love them to become FOGO champions and help put Holdfast Bay on the map for food waste recycling.”
The City of Holdfast Bay is funding the trial and received a grant from Green Industries SA.