FOGO Bin Assessments

Published on 19 February 2018

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Council is undertaking a project that will assess the waste contents of the garbage, and FOGO (food organics and garden organics) green lidded bins.

The audit will estimate the percentage of food organics and garden organics in both the garbage and FOGO bins, helping Council target education opportunities for increased diversion of food waste from landfill.

Bins from 250 properties in Mortlake and Port Fairy will be assessed. This will identify the type and quantity of materials going into landfill and those being diverted from landfill into FOGO bins.

A survey undertaken in 2016 of existing users of the kerbside service indicated that 44% of respondents ‘never used’ the FOGO bin for food waste. While some respondents put their food waste in their home compost or fed it to their animals, others stated they were unaware of what they could put into the FOGO bin.

Diverting organic waste from landfill reduces greenhouse gases, air pollution, and landfill costs. 

Moyne Mayor Cr Mick Wolfe said, “The results of this audit will allow Council to plan and implement targeted strategies and educational programs for the community.

“We want to encourage more residents to put food waste into their FOGO bin.”

Council will assess both garbage and food organics garden organics (FOGO) bins before the bins are emptied into the collection truck. The assessment will determine the percentage of food organics and garden organics in each bin. Bins will then be emptied as normal.

“Managing waste starts in the home. We want households to divert as much waste as possible from garbage into FOGO and recycling. This project will help us target the right changes in behaviour to benefit the whole community,” said Cr Wolfe.

Stickers will be placed on bins to remind residents of good practices and prizes will be awarded for both participation and good practice.

 

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