BRIGHTON Community News continues the FAQs regarding a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Brighton Municipality. This month we cover off a couple of essential questions.
What do I get as part of the FOGO service?
All residential properties will receive a 240-litre wheelie bin for FOGO with a lime green lid, the same size as your recycling bin. If you currently live in a dwelling where there are multiple units and shared bins, you won’t automatically receive a FOGO bin when they are delivered but you will receive one on request.
The FOGO bins will be delivered at the beginning of September and the service will start in October for a free two-month trial period.
Each household will also be provided with a small bucket (with a lid and handle) called a kitchen caddy, just like the small compost or ‘chook’ buckets you might already have in your kitchen for food scraps. You can place the kitchen caddy near your regular rubbish bin, on your bench near where you prepare food, or under the kitchen sink. When it is full, simply empty it into your FOGO wheelie bin.
The FOGO wheelie bin will be collected fortnightly, on a different day to your other bins.
What will FOGO cost?
The new charge will be shown on your Annual Rate Notice for 2021-22 as Waste Service Charge – FOGO. The total annual charge for a FOGO service is $65.
However, as the service is only starting in October and there is a free two-month trial period, you will only be charged $38 for the 2021-2022 financial year. The paid service will begin on December 1, 2021.
Should you choose to opt-out after your free two-month trial period, you will be credited any amount charged on your rates for FOGO.
We’ll keep the questions and answers coming so you are well-informed about the new FOGO service when it hits the kerbside. Next month, we will cover what to do if you don’t think you have enough food scraps or garden waste to need a FOGO bin and the criteria to opt-out after the free trial period.