FOGO Coming in October

Acting Kingborough Mayor, Jo Westwood welcomed the Council’s decision to adopt a new Food Organics and Garden Organics service (FOGO) for Kingborough residents.

Cr Westwood said the existing green waste collection service would be extended to include food organics in October 2021.

“This is a much anticipated addition to Council’s popular Garden Organics kerbside collection service, which began in October 2020,” Cr Westwood said.

“Since then, around 7,400 properties have taken up the new service.

“Anyone already receiving the green waste collection services is automatically transitioned to the FOGO service.

“Those wishing to opt in or out of the service or wanting to check their eligibility, can visit the Kingborough Council’s website under the Green Waste section for more details.

“Approximately 60 per cent of the average household bin is made up of food and garden waste.

“This service offers the potential for participating residents to reduce their waste sent to landfill by more than half.

“Diverting organic waste from landfill is an important lever that Council can use to reduce emissions.

“The FOGO service has the potential to significantly reduce Kingborough’s annual greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to removing 984 cars from the road.

“In addition to your usual garden organics such as lawn clippings and small branches, you can put in all food waste including vegetable peelings, fruit, cooked food, left-overs, meat and bones, dairy and citrus.

“Dog poo and organic cat litter is also accepted as long as it is separate from any bags or liners unless certified.

“The proposed cost for the new service will see an increase of around $5 – 10 per annum on top of the $85 per year already charged for the green waste collection service.

“This is a fee for service charge and will help Council cover the processing and collection costs of the additional service.

“I expect many Kingborough residents will be very happy with the introduction of a full FOGO kerbside collection service,” Cr Westwood said.