Our new food waste recycling service allows residents to include food scraps in their fortnightly food and garden waste bin, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. To help you use the food and garden waste service, we’ve provided answers some of the most commonly asked questions below.
The following items can be placed in your food and garden waste bin:
The following items cannot be composted at the composting facility. Please ensure they do not end up in your food and garden waste bin.
There are many benefits to FOGO and reducing the amount of food waste that ends up in landfill:
Yes, you can start adding food scraps to your food and garden waste bin. If you haven’t received your kitchen caddy and compostable bin liners, you can just wrap the food up in newspaper or place it in the bin loose.
Yes, your food and garden waste bin will continue to be emptied fortnightly on the same day as it is currently collected.
You can order a food and garden waste bin online or by calling us on 9217 2170.
Yes, all new orders for a food and garden waste bin will also receive a free kitchen caddy and roll of bin liners.
If you are a tenant, talk to your landlord, property manager or agent if you would like a food and garden waste bin. Your landlord will need to give their permission and contact us to order the bin.
Not at this stage. The annual collection service price of $77 will remain the same for the 2020/21 financial year.
Council is paying for the extra cost of recycling food waste. So, although we will save money by not sending it to landfill, there is still a cost to process the food waste and garden waste at the composting facility.
Yes, Council will supply a FREE kitchen caddy and a roll of 150 compostable bin liners for you to use. The roll of liners should last up to a year, based on a household using 2-3 liners per week.
Please only use compostable liners, labelled with AS 4736. The liners supplied by Council are made from 100 per cent corn starch.
Do not use plastic bags or bags labelled as biodegradable as these will not break down during the composting process.
The bin liner bags provided to use in your kitchen caddy can sometimes be a little tricky to open properly. They may not seem to open all the way or they may appear have split down the middle. However, if you place the bag in front of you with the arrows up, and then rub the top of the bags between your thumb and forefinger, the sides will separate into a full bag. It’s a little similar to what you would do to the plastic fruit bags at the supermarket. Below is a handy video that may also help you with your bags.
You can purchase additional compostable bin liners from some supermarkets as well retail stores such as Bunnings.
No, you do not need to use the caddy bin liners if you do not want to. You can use newspaper or paper towel to line your caddy or you can choose to not using anything and simply place the food scraps loose into the bin.
Our top tips for avoiding smells in your food and garden waste bin are:
It is not uncommon for flies and maggots to be attracted to your green bin as they are attracted to protein sources that may be found in the bin - mostly meat and bones. There is no cause for concern however you can try some of the following tips to avoid them:
Tips for getting rid of maggots that may be in your green bin:
If you already compost your food scraps at home, that’s great and we encourage you to continue.
A food and garden waste collection service allows you to easily dispose of a larger variety of food scraps and garden waste than you would be able to compost in a home composting system.
It can also take organic material that does not easily break down or that needs to be chopped up into smaller pieces at home such as meat, fish, bones, corn cobs, fruit stones and watermelon skins.
The food and garden waste will be transported to SUEZ green waste facility Epping.
After collection, your food and garden waste are taken to a local composting facility – SUEZ green waste facility in Epping, and made into compost using a highly controlled composting process. This process takes 8-10 weeks. The compost will then be used as soil fertiliser in a wide range of settings, including farms, parks, schools and community gardens.
Soil and turf cannot be placed into your food and garden waste bin as it is too heavy for the bins. The weight of soil or turf can cause damage to the truck lift or can cause the bin itself to crack or break.
If you have soil you need to dispose of that can't be reincorporated into your garden, you can take it Wollert Landfill (charges apply).