FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics)

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What's it all about?

A better way to manage our waste is coming to the Town of Cambridge on 1 July 2024! 

Research has shown that around 55% of the waste in our General Waste (red lid) bins is organic and can be put to better use.

Following the State Government Strategy supporting the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, all Perth and Peel local governments are required to implement a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) three bin system for standard single-unit dwellings* by 2025.

From Monday, 1 July, a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service will be supplied to all standard single-unit households*. 

Your current Garden Organics green lid bin service will remain in place and will be collected as a FOGO bin service from this date. 

* A standard single‑unit dwelling is a household that receives a separate kerbside service on block sizes no less than 320–400 metres squared. Apartments and multi-unit dwellings will be individually assessed at a later stage to determine suitability for FOGO services.

Are you ready to FOGO? Make sure you have your Green bin ready to FOGO by 1 July.  Request your bin here 

What happens next?

Workshops

We are busy scheduling information sessions throughout the Town for residents to learn about the what, why, and how of this new, cleaner, and more efficient system.  Click here to find one of our upcoming workshops

Kitchen Caddy

To help this process, you will be supplied with a convenient kitchen caddy and a roll of special compostable liners for you to collect your kitchen food waste. caddy.jpg

Your new Kitchen Caddy will be delivered to single-unit dwellings in the second half of June, along with information on what goes in each bin.

For updates on our FOGO journey, sign up to our Eco News e-newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox.

It's the Circle of Life

The majority of food waste in Australia comes from our homes.

Australian households waste 2.5 million tonnes of food each year, or more than four kilograms per household per week. Organic material makes up about half of what West Australians throw away in their General Waste (red lid) bin each week.

From 1 July 2024, the food waste in your FOGO (green lid) bin will be composted and turned into a natural soil enriching product to help things grow!

When it comes to FOGO, our efforts will promote a circular economy and minimise our negative impact on our environment.

What will go into the FOGO (green lid) bin from 1 July 2024?

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What about the General Waste (red lid) Bin?

As about half of our waste will go FOGO from 1 July 2024, the General Waste bin will be collected every other week, alternating with your Recycling (yellow lid) bin.  Have more questions? Check out the FAQs below, call 08 9285 3128, or email FOGO@cambridge.wa.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we going FOGO?

Following the State Government Strategy supporting the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, all Perth and Peel local governments are required to implement a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) three bin system for standard single-unit dwellings* by 2025.

 

When will the FOGO bin service start?

The FOGO bin service will be rolling out on 1 July 2024.

Garden Organics collection services will remain in place until that date. 

 

Why can't I put food scraps into my Green bin now?

Currently, the contents of your Garden Organics bin are shredded and converted into mulch, using a very different process than is required to produce compost.  Adding food scraps to your Garden Organics bin causes contamination as they are not suitable for shredding - but perfect for composting! 

It is vital to wait until after 1 July 2024 before you commence placing food organics in your Garden Organics bin. In the meantime - why not start up your own compost system, worm farm or join Sharewaste to find out which neighbour composts and would appreciate organics donations! 

What if I don't want a FOGO bin?

Perth and Peel local governments are required under the State Government's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery 2030 Strategy to introduce a 3 bin FOGO system to all single unit dwellings by 2025. 

The Town of Cambridge will be rolling out FOGO in accordance with this strategy, ensuring all single unit dwellings have a FOGO green lid bin as part of their standard service. 

 

What changes will happen to my bin service?

Depending on your current bin configuration, changes to your bins will be minimal:

  • Your current Garden Organics bin will become your FOGO bin.  If you do not have a Garden Organics bin, you can request one here.  From 1 July 2024, this bin will be used for food and garden organics, which will be turned into high-quality compost. It will be collected weekly.
  • You will keep your yellow-lidded recycling bin, which will continue to be collected fortnightly.
  • Your current General Waste (red lid) bin will be used for non-organic and non- recyclable items. The contents of this bin will be sent to landfill and collected on the alternative fortnight to your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

 

Will there be changes to collection days?

At this stage, there will be no change to your collection days. If changes are made, you will be formally notified. 

 

Collection schedule:

  • Weekly - FOGO bin (green lid bin) 
  • Fortnightly - General Waste bin (red lid bin) alternating
  • Fortnightly - Recycle bin (yellow lid bin) alternating

 

What can be put in the FOGO bin?

The average General Waste (red lid) bin contains 55% of compostable organic waste which can now be placed into your FOGO bin.

Your FOGO (Food Organics & Garden Organics) bin can be used for: 

  • Food waste, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bones, dairy products, eggshells, bread, pasta, cereals, coffee grinds and table scraps;
  • Garden waste such as lawn clippings, garden prunings, leaves, weeds and flowers
  • Hair, tissues, clean and soiled paper products and cardboard .
  • Pet waste including dog poo, and clay / organic cat litter

 

What is a Kitchen Caddy?

The kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable liners will be delivered in late June, and are provided for your convenience.

Use compostable bags to line your caddy and collect your food scraps - tie off, remove and place directly into the FOGO bin.

When it comes time to purchase a new roll of liners, they MUST be certified compostable and display the below symbol. 

Alternatively, you can use newspaper to line the caddy, or no liner at all.

 

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Is my kitchen caddy dishwasher safe?

Yes your caddy is dishwasher safe.

I am worried my General Waste (red lid) bin isn't big enough!

Generally speaking, around half the contents of a General Waste bin is organic. From 1 July 2024, this material can be placed into your FOGO bin to be collected weekly. 

Residents from councils who have already switched to FOGO have been surprised at how little waste is now going into their General Waste bin. It is important to try out the new system before any decision to increase your General Waste bin capacity is made.  

Overall, your bin capacity will increase:

Bin

Current capacity per fortnight

New capacity per fortnight

Waste

240L (120L bin collected weekly)

120L (120L bin collected fortnightly)

Recycle

240L (240L bin collected fortnightly)

240L (240L bin collected fortnightly)

Organics

240L (240L bin collected fortnightly)

480L (240L bin collected weekly)

Total

720L

840L

 

I have children in nappies and I am worried my bin will smell!

Research shows that correct use of FOGO bins halves the contents of General Waste (red lid) bins.  

Here are some tips for managing bin odours:

  • Always ensure lids are kept closed;
  • Where possible, store bins in a shaded area;
  • Use Modern Cloth nappies which are reusable, sustainable and cost effective;
  • Empty nappy solids down the toilet;
  • Wrap used disposable nappies in used soft plastics; 
  • Pressure spray your bin regularly:
  • Sprinkle baking soda or clay-based kitty litter in the bottom of the bin.

The Town of Cambridge can a schedule site visit with a waste Education Officer to assist residents with optimising their bin capacity.  Please call the Town on 9285 3128 or email FOGO@Cambridge.wa.gov.au with further queries.

 

What happens to my old bins?

You will keep the bins currently allocated to your property.

The Town does not need to change bins or lids in order to roll out the new FOGO service.   

The standard configuration will be:

  • 240L Green Bin (FOGO)
  • 240L/360L Yellow Bin (Recycle)
  • 120L Red Bin (Waste)

If you are concerned that you do not have the correct configuration for FOGO, please feel free to get in touch on 9285 3128 or fogo@cambridge.wa.gov.au

 

I don't have room on my verge for three bins

Only two of your bins will be put out for collection each week.

Your red lid general waste bin and your yellow lid recycling bin will be put out on alternating fortnights – along with your green lime-green lid FOGO bin every week. 

The increase in footprint of the new bin system will be minimal.  If you have concerns over storing the bins on your property, please get in touch so we can look at viable solutions.  Email us at FOGO@cambridge.wa.gov.au 

 

Will the FOGO system be rolled out to businesses?

The initial 2024 FOGO roll out is for single unit dwelling residents only, as outlined by the Waste Authorities Best Practice FOGO Guidelines.

The Town will be looking into case-by-case opportunities for businesses at a later stage.

 

I live in an apartment; what happens to my bins?

The initial 2024 FOGO roll out is for single unit dwelling residents only, as outlined by the Waste Authorities Best Practice FOGO Guidelines.

For multi-unit dwellings / apartments there will be NO CHANGE to bins, services or schedules.

The Town will be looking into opportunities for FOGO for these properties at a later stage, and case by case assessments will be made.

 

What happens to the organics in the FOGO bin?

FOGO material will be taken to Veolia's Organics Composting Facility in North Bannister. The material will be checked for contamination and then undergo Aerobic composting processes.

The compost produced from FOGO material can be supplied to farmers and industry, used in parks and gardens or for rehabilitating land. The potential uses for the compost will be determined by contamination levels. This means it is everyone's responsibility to ensure as little contamination as possible so we can make the most of the compost produced. 

 

Reduce your waste!

While the FOGO system will have a big impact on how our waste is managed, the ultimate goal is to reduce what goes into the bins in the first place.  Here are some ideas for how to reduce your own organic waste:

  • Buy your fruit & veg loose
  • Did you know that up to 20% of food waste occurs due to over-purchasing.  This occurs most often as a result of the perceived value of prepackaged fruit and vegetables.
  • Home composting
  • Why not use your organic waste to enrich your own soil?  Bokashi composting is user friendly and offers several advantages over traditional methods.  Find out how with this Bokashi Bin Guide(PDF, 437KB)

  • Share Waste
  • Don't have a garden? Need more compost or food scraps for your chooks? Join sharewaste.com to give or receive organics - it's easy! 

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