WELCOME to Brighton Council’s FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) service. At the end of last month, Council started delivering FOGO wheelie bins (240L bin with a lime green lid) and kitchen caddies to households in the Municipality.
The kitchen caddy has information on how to look after both the caddy and FOGO wheelie bin. A magnet for your fridge shows you what can go in FOGO. Pop it on your fridge to help you remember and learn how to use FOGO.
It might take a while to get used to putting food scraps in the kitchen caddy. Find a system that works best. Perhaps discuss FOGO as a household regarding such things as where the kitchen caddy will be kept – near your normal rubbish bin, on your bench near where you prepare food, or under the kitchen sink? When you need to, empty the caddy into your FOGO wheelie bin – more often if there are scraps that might begin to smell, such as meat, fish or dairy products, which you wouldn’t perhaps typically have put in a home compost. That is one of the advantages of a FOGO service.
When will my FOGO bin be collected?
The first collection of FOGO bins will have started as this newspaper goes to press and will be collected fortnightly. Put out your FOGO bin out for collection on the alternate week to when your rubbish and recycling bins are collected. For example, if your rubbish and recycling is collected on a Tuesday, put your FOGO bin out on the alternate Tuesday. Your FOGO waste will be taken to Barwicks in Bridgewater to become compost for gardens and farms throughout Tasmania.
How does the free FOGO trial work?
There is a free FOGO trial period of two months, with an opt-out ability based on specific criteria at the end of the free trial period. Opting out is only available after the free trial period, which ends on November 30. Please do not contact Council until the beginning of December at the end of the free trial period.
What are the benefits of FOGO?
Apart from reducing waste to landfill FOGO will:
· Greatly reduce general waste. This will help if you have difficulty fitting waste into your existing bin.
· Be a shortcut for those who can’t compost or aren’t sure how to compost at home.
· Help dispose of organic waste such as meat, dairy, citrus, eggshells, banana skins, pet fur and pet waste; and weeds, diseased plants, twigs and branches if you don’t have access to a mulching machine.
· Reduce 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.
FOGO reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and will help save increased costs associated with landfill due to a waste levy introduced by the State Government from next month.
How do I opt out of FOGO?
Some people genuinely might not need, be able to use or afford the FOGO service. Residents can apply for their household to have an exemption based on criteria available on Council’s website. These include being a home composter, financial hardship or exceptional circumstances.
For more information and answers to frequently asked FOGO questions, please visit Council’s website: https://www.brighton.tas.gov.au/property/fogo/, call customer service on 6268 7000 or email: email@example.com