Greenlight for FOGO in the GONG – all you need to know
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Greenlight for FOGO in the GONG – all you need to know

What a great week for everyone – our local Wollongong Council has  just approved the introduction of FOGO to Wollongong households – a huge win in our fight against food waste!

After running a successful three-month trial period in Austinmer, Cordeaux Heights and Warrawong – Wollongong council announced on 21st July, as of November 2020, local Wollongong residents will be able to start using their green-lidded bins for food organics and garden organics (or FOGO) waste.

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👉 Breaking ‼️ Wollongong Council gives green light to roll out Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) across Wollongong 🌱💚✅ From November 2020 households with individual green bins will receive a kitchen caddy with compostable bin liners and be collected weekly. Food scraps can then be placed along with your garden clippings in your green bin, and turned into commercial grade compost. The service frequency for the current fortnightly co-mingled recyclable service (yellow bin) and weekly residual waste service (red bin) will remain. Council will also apply for state government funding for a 12-month FOGO trial for apartment blocks that don't currently have individual green waste bins. 👍 This is a large step towards Councils aims of being emission neutral by 2030. Previously food waste would become land fill and anaerobically turn into greenhouse gases, however from now on we can use food waste to compost into soil that can then be used to help grow food. And it’s all happening locally. This is a great example of a circular economy at work ♻️ This success has come about from tireless lobbying by people like you who have signed petitions, written letters, made submissions and attended rallies. Plus the involvement of 1500 households that participated in the FOGO trial to show how popular, easy and effective FOGO is. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this campaign. Your support has made a big difference. 🙌 🙌 😀 Photo by Jeremy Park: Coucillor Cath Blakey using a trial FOGO bin.

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FOGO (standing for ‘food organics and garden organics’) is a food waste collection service providing an amazing opportunity for Australian councils to help reduce emissions associated with food waste. This service allows food waste/ scaps to be places in our green bins, normally used for just green waste around the yard. The service runs weekly, along with normal red/yellow bin collections. When food and garden waste is recycled it can reduce landfill costs and improve the environment.

There has been “really positive and great feedback from participants, very low contamination rates and produced high quality compost and soil products. We’re looking to build on that success and see the rollout of this program across the city’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM stated, when reflecting on the trial. 

“We know we can’t sort climate change on our own, but we are stepping up for our community and putting measures in place that puts us in the best position possible to create a more sustainable and environmentally healthy city.’’ 

What does this mean for Wollongong residents?

  • Council will introduce a weekly FOGO collection in our green bins (the red and yellow bin collection will remain the same – alternating)
  • This service will be free of charge
  • An information pack delivered to each door, along with a kitchen bench caddy and compostable liners which will make taking the food waste from the house to the bin easier. 
  • Once households receive their caddy they can start FOGOing, with weekly collection starting the following week.

What can be placed in the green bin?

  • Raw and cooked meat
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • BreadNormal garden waste