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Starting July – September 2022 your green FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bin will be collected weekly and your red landfill bin fortnightly. Your yellow recycling bin collection will remain the same.

The rollout of the Weekly FOGO will be a staged across bin collection days:

  • Monday collections – starting 4 July
  • Tuesday collections – starting 2 August
  • Wednesday collections – starting 3 August
  • Thursday collections – starting 1 September
  • Friday collections – starting 2 September

FAQs

What does FOGO mean?

FOGO stands for, Food Organics Garden Organics’ and is the green-lid bin at home. Anything that grows belongs in the green-lid FOGO bin. This includes all food waste (including meat, fish, bones, fruit, vegetables, bread), soiled paper products (shredded paper, paper towel, tissues and pizza boxes), compostable packaging and all garden organics (e.g. grass clippings). Material placed in the green-lid FOGO bin is collected by council contractors and taken to a commercial facility where it is turned into compost.

What are the benefits of weekly FOGO collections?

There are many benefits including:

  • Reducing associated smell from FOGO bins, by collecting food and garden organics on a weekly basis
  • Reducing associated landfill greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increasing food recycling rates
  • Assisting in growing the circular economy through the processing and return of nutrient rich compost back into our South Australian soils
  • An extra 240 litres capacity for FOGO, especially useful for those with a big garden and during spring time
What do households need to do to move to the new weekly FOGO collections?

Nothing! Weekly FOGO bin collections will become the default service starting between July and September 2022. Households will receive a letter and welcome pack including a new kitchen caddy and roll of 75 compostable bags 2-3 weeks before Weekly FOGO begins in their area.

Why is City of Holdfast Bay switching to weekly FOGO?

While Holdfast Bay residents are one of the best recyclers in South Australia, around a quarter of the material placed in the landfill bin is food waste. Food waste belongs in the green-lid FOGO bin.

Providing a weekly FOGO service (green-lid bin) and a fortnightly landfill (red-lid bin) service will actively encourage the community to place more food waste in their FOGO bin (where it belongs).

Increasing the amount of food waste sent to be composted is more environmentally sustainable than continuing to send food waste to landfill. Food processed as compost supports on average four times more jobs for our community than disposing to landfill.

What foods can I put in the FOGO bin?

All food scraps are good to FOGO:

  • All fruits and vegetables including citrus
  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Dairy
  • Seafood
  • Eggshells
  • Teabags, tea leaves, and coffee grounds
  • Bread and cake

You can also include:

  • Tissues
  • Paper towel
  • Hair, including pet hair
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shredded paper
  • Straw/hay
  • Animal droppings

Only compostable bags can be used in the FOGO bin. Biodegradable bags should NOT be used in the FOGO bins as these disintegrate into micro-plastics.

I have a large household and/or children in nappies. Is there any additional support available for me to participate in weekly FOGO?

We understand that not all households are the same. The weekly FOGO model gives choice and flexibility to households if they need a bigger bin. Households with more than five people and/or children in nappies may be eligible for a landfill bin or recycling bin upsize service.

We recommend residents try the Weekly FOGO model and after a few weeks if there are capacity concerns, contact customer service or email fogo@holdfast.sa.gov.au

Subsidies of 50% up to $50 will also be offered for the purchase of modern cloth nappies for those households with children in nappies, through the Green Living Subsidies program.

What about extra waste over Christmas and New Year?

We understand that Christmas and New Year are busy times at home with lots of extra entertaining. For this reason, an additional weekly landfill bin collection will be available giving households three weeks in a row to place their landfill bin out for collection. This is in addition to weekly FOGO.

Why aren’t we moving to a weekly collection of the yellow recycling bin?

City of Holdfast Bay households are already putting 80% of their co-mingled recycling (glass, plastic, cardboard etc) into their yellow recycling bin. This compares to only 30% of food scraps going into the green FOGO bin. Therefore a move to weekly FOGO will have the biggest environmental benefit and create more jobs.

I don’t have a FOGO (green) wheelie bin, how do I get one?

If your property has never had a FOGO green-lid wheelie bin, please call our Waste Hotline on (08) 8295 5077 to set up a new service. If your FOGO bin has been stolen please fill in a missing bin form.

Will businesses and larger unit complexes move to this new waste system?

Businesses and larger complexes over 10 units will stay on the old weekly landfill/fortnightly recycling and FOGO service unless they choose to opt-in by notifying council online, via email, or by calling customer service.

Over time, council will work with these groups to identify options to improve waste sustainability.

What about nappies?

Some products including nappies and other hygiene products cannot be recycled or turned into compost and still must be put into your landfill bin.

A nappy trial undertaken in Lake Macquarie City Council found that the average odour of a landfill bin with nappy waste for a week was approximately the same as the average odour rating of a nappy bin at the end of the fortnight.

The number of nappies in the bin also did not have a significant effect on the odour rating of the bin.

Wrapping soiled nappies in at least one nappy bag and keeping the bin out of the sun both help in managing odours.

Tips on dispelling the smell

If you are worried about the smell of nappies or other hygiene products in your landfill bin follow these tips:

•Dispose of as much solid waste as possible before placing the nappy in the landfill bin

•Wrap dirty nappies tightly in a nappy bag

•Store your landfill bin in the shade

•Make sure your lid closes properly

•Place a small amount of odour control agent in the bottomof your bin to repel flies and odours. You can use naturalproducts such as vinegar, eucalyptus/mint oils or crystals

•Try cloth nappies and or reusable menstrual items.

Households can also access up to $50 subsidies on cloth nappy and reusable menstrual items through our Green Living Subsidies program

Will the additional truck for weekly FOGO lead to more greenhouse gas emissions?

When organic matter breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The emissions associated with an additional bin truck are insignificant compared to the methane emissions saving made from the switch to weekly FOGO.

A truck filled with 25 tonnes of Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) can be driven 15,444km to a composting facility before it emits the same amount of greenhouse gases as that same truckload put into landfill.

Request to Return to Old Service

While we strongly encourage households to give weekly FOGO a go, participation is voluntary.

If you would like to return to the old service and have your red landfill bin collected weekly and your green FOGO bin collected fortnightly, simply fill in the form below.

You can return to the old service by completing the below form at any time, so why not give weekly FOGO a go first, and see if it works for you?

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