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Food & Garden Organics (FOGO)

Fogo is coming to town.

FOGO is coming in the second half of 2018

Costa Georgiadis (right) talks organic waste with Bega Valley Shire Councilís Mick Jarochowicz during a visit to the Merimbula Waste and Recycling Depot.We are excited to be introducing Food Organics Garden Organics bin collection service to the Bega Valley later in 2018. To date, more than 30 Local Governments in NSW have introduced FOGO and turned their food and garden waste into high quality compost instead of it going into landfill.

For the past two years Bega Valley Shire Council has been testing and refining processing technology to produce top quality compost from garden waste. This has put us in a position to introduce FOGO and add food waste into our compost. This saves on landfill, saves money and gives us all the opportunity to be smarter with waste!

Photograph: Costa Georgiadis (right) talks organic and food waste with Bega Valley Shire Council’s Mick Jarochowicz during a visit to the Merimbula Waste and Recycling Depo.


On average (by weight) 38% of the contents of your red bin is food that can be composted. Landfill should be the last option for waste disposal.  Landfills are expensive, and landfilling results in resources being lost, instead of being recycled. Around Australia, and in the Bega Valley, the rate that landfills are filling is increasing. The faster the landfill space is used, the greater the cost to the community and the environment.

Food waste is easy to keep out of landfill. FOGO is part of a plan to improve the way we manage waste and it has both financial and environmental benefits.

Who is affected?

The changes that FOGO will bring to bin collection services will affect residents who have an organics (green) bin service. This is around 12,000 properties in the towns of Merimbula, Berrambool, Mirador, Bega, Tura Beach, Bermagui, Cobargo, Tathra, Mogareeka, Eden, Wolumla, Kalaru, Pambula, Quaama, Wallaga Lake and Candelo. If you don’t currently have a green bin collection service, there will be no change.

What can go wrong?

FOGO will result in changes to the way you sort your household waste for collection and its success relies on not having contaminants in your FOGO bin. It’s really important for residents to choose the right bin.

What will change?

  • Your four-weekly green bin (garden organics) collection will become a weekly FOGO collection
  • Your weekly red bin (general waste/landfill) collection will become a fortnightly collection
  • Your fortnightly yellow bin (recycling) collection will remain the same

Why FOGO makes sense

  • FOGO is a higher level of service provided at the current level of charging. FOGO collection will result in more bin collections for residents each year.
  • Food waste generates methane in a landfill. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 21 times worse than carbon dioxide. Less methane production in our landfill means we are contributing to reducing our environmental impact.
  • Our landfill will last longer. FOGO will divert around 1000 tonnes of household food waste away from landfill each year.
  • The EPA has set targets to divert 75% of waste generated away from landfill. We are working towards these targets through the Bega Valley Waste Strategy and FOGO will play a key role.

FOGO lobo.

FOGO is not just about choosing the right bin, it’s about changing the way we think about waste…

Simple tips to reduce food waste

  • Plan your weekly menu and take a shopping list (with quantities) to the supermarket
  • Cook with leftovers
  • Store food correctly so it lasts longer
  • Take advantage of your local community garden

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