THIS month we continue our question and answer series on Food Organics and Garden Organics waste (FOGO). Brighton Council will be introducing a FOGO waste service beginning at the end of this month.
What will be delivered to my home as part of the FOGO roll-out?
From September 20 onwards, households in the Brighton Municipality will begin to receive their FOGO bins. The roll-out will include the delivery of a kitchen caddy and a FOGO wheelie bin.
The FOGO wheelie bin is a 240-litre bin with a lime green lid, the same size as your recycling bin. If you currently live in a dwelling where there are three or more units and shared bins you won’t automatically receive a FOGO bin when they are delivered, but you will receive one on request from December 1 onwards.
Along with the FOGO wheelie bin, households will receive a kitchen caddy. This will be a small bucket with a handle and hinged lid that is approximately 22cm high and 24cm wide in a dark grey colour. You can place the kitchen caddy near your standard 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.
With the delivery of your bins will be information on what can and can’t go in FOGO, tips on keeping you bins clean and a note on when your collection day will be (FOGO will be collected fortnightly on a different day to your other bins).
How should I look after my kitchen caddy and FOGO wheelie bin?
Add some paper towel or newspaper to the bottom of your kitchen caddy before you put food scraps in to absorb any liquids.
Keep your kitchen caddy out of direct sunlight.
Don’t let raw meat or smelly items sit in the caddy for too long (eg. fish or prawn shells). One idea is to freeze these types of items until your FOGO collection day.
Wipe your caddy down or a wash out regularly.
Try and keep your FOGO wheelie bin out of the sunlight to minimise smells.
Put a layer of newspaper, grass clippings or shredded paper in the bottom of your wheelie bin as a first layer to form a compostable ‘mat’ at the bottom of the bin.
Wrap pet poo in a newspaper before putting in your FOGO bin. No plastic bags in FOGO!
Just like your other wheelie bins, give it a hose out from time to time, and an occasional dusting of bi-carbonate soda can help if your bin is starting to smell.
VERY IMPORTANT: Never put plastic bags in your caddy or FOGO wheelie bin, not even degradable, biodegradable or ‘plant based’ bags. They can still contain plastic and break down to become ‘micro-plastics that end up in the soil.
For more information and answers to frequently asked FOGO questions, please visit Council’s website: https://www.brighton.tas.gov.au/property/fogo/