AS Brighton Council continues towards the introduction of a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service in the Municipality, there are questions about how it will all work. Starting this month, Brighton Community News will provide a Q&A section to answer FOGO questions. The new FOGO service is expected to begin around October this year.
What are the benefits to me as a resident?
A FOGO collection will greatly reduce the amount of waste that goes into your general waste bin. This will help if you have difficulty fitting your waste into your existing bin.
A FOGO collection will help you dispose of organic waste not normally composted at home, such as meat, dairy, citrus, eggshells, banana skins as well as pet fur and pet waste; and weeds, diseased plants and bigger twigs and branches if you don’t have access to a mulching machine.
You’ll no longer need to make trips to the Waste Transfer Station, saving money and time. If you have a lot of garden waste, you can spread it across multiple collections.
What CAN I put in my FOGO bin?
Residents will receive a 240-litre wheelie bin with a light green lid for any organic waste, including:
Food scraps – vegetables, seafood (including all seafood shells for example oyster, crayfish), dairy, meat and bones (cooked or raw), teabags (but not the pyramid-type teabags), coffee grounds and eggshells, small amounts of oils and fats.
Garden waste – grass clippings, leaves, bark, twigs, plants and weeds (including diseased and noxious weeds as FOGO is processed at high temperatures).
Shredded paper, paper towels, paper napkins, tissues, cotton wool balls (if 100% cotton) and cotton buds with wooden sticks.
Food-contaminated or food soiled cardboard (e.g. pizza boxes with food on them).
Personal cuttings – hair from hairbrushes or haircuts, and nail clippings.
Animal waste – such as pet hair, poo, organic / natural kitty litter and soiled paper from bird cages.
What CAN’T I put in my FOGO bin?
If it doesn’t rot, or decompose, you can’t put it in a FOGO bin. If it didn’t live or grow, it’s not FOGO.
This means no to plastics (not even bio-degradable plastic bags), nappies, fabric such as clothing, clothes dryer lint (will contain man-made fibres for example. nylon, polyester etc), vacuum cleaner bag contents (will contain inorganic residue), hard waste or broken household items, like furniture or plates and cups, plastic take-away containers, hazardous or contaminated waste, like asbestos, thick branches, and nothing that is currently allowed to go in your recycling bin. There’ll be more Q&As coming to keep you well informed about the new FOGO service by the time it hits the kerbside.