Bega Valley Shire Council is urging residents with a green bin collection to update their Bega Valley Waste APP over the weekend to keep track of changes to bin dates.
Council has released a major upgrade to the APP today in readiness for changes to bin collections on Monday when the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service begins.
With FOGO, weekly collections is replacing the current four-weekly garden organics collection and red and yellow bin collections are be on alternate fortnights. There is no change for people who don’t have a green bin service.
The free smartphone APP, which Council released in May 2017, sends personal reminders to your phone of when to put your bins out. It also includes tip opening times and a list of what waste can go into your red, green and yellow bins.
Waste and Recycling Manager Toby Browne said the APP upgrade was part of the many steps involved in making the transition to FOGO. A $641,400 ‘Waste Less Recycle More’ grant from NSW Environment Protection Authority is helping with the transition, which includes the purchase and distribution of free kitchen caddies.
“FOGO is a simple way to make a big improvement in waste management,” said Waste Services Manager, Toby Browne.
“Instead of sending food scraps to landfill, residents will be able to put them in with their garden waste which will be made into high quality compost at Merimbula Recycling & Waste Depot. We are excited to introduce FOGO because it saves on landfill, results in a valuable resource and gives us all an opportunity to be smarter with waste.”
As well as the APP, to help people transition to FOGO Council has information booths in libraries and tips. Council has established a Facebook page BegaValleyWasteandRecycling and a dedicated FOGO webpage and has a Green Team Hotline number 1300 212 203. Council has also released The FOGOmentary, a waste and recycling documentary starring more than 50 local children and Costa Georgiadis. “Making sure there is no contamination of the compost product is the key to ensuring the success of FOGO, so it’s really important we have the right information available on what waste goes in what bin,” Toby said.
“We understand and appreciate that change can be a challenge, but we have a great community here and most people understand how important it is that we reduce the amount of waste we produce, and ensure that we recycle as much as possible.”