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Mayor Cr Robert Anderson with FOGO bin, kitchen caddy and bioplastic bin liners.

FOGO

CONGRATULATIONS Warrnambool!

The first year of the FOGO service has diverted over 800 tonnes of food waste from landfill. This is a fantastic achievement, we are almost halfway there, diverting all of our food waste from landfill. Let’s see if we can divert 75% this year by remembering that ALL food waste belongs in the FOGO bin.

 

All of this belongs in the FOGO bin:

For a detailed list check the A-Z FOGO list.

Additional FOGO bags

A year’s worth of liners has been provided to you based on using 3 a week.
If you find you are using more, you can purchase extras from

  • Godfreys - Shop 2B, Harvey Norman Centre, Raglan Pde
  • Coastal Wholesalers - 3 Albert St, Warrnambool
  • Packaging Pro - 178 Raglan Pde

 

Keep an eye out for the Seedling logo, this will ensure that the liners you are buying are certified compostable.

Liners can also be made out of newspaper.
Check out this website to see how - https://www.girlsgoinggreen.com/diy-newspaper-bin-liners/

Remember food-spoiled paper can go in the FOGO bin such as pizza boxes or fish and chip paper (make sure all little bits of plastic are removed such as sauce packets or plastic cutlery).
Keep placing all clean paper and cardboard in your recycling bin.

When will I get my annual supply of FOGO liners?

Estimated delivery timeframes:
November / December 2020: Stingray, Swamp Wallaby, Little Penguin, Eel, Platypus.
Early 2021 (March): Sea Lion, Rakali, Koala, Whale, Echidna.

Click here to see which area you are in.

Benefits of FOGO:

By keeping FOGO out of landfill and composting it, valuable resources are being recycled, helping improve soils and capture carbon on local farms.

Composting also generates significantly less methane (a potent greenhouse gas) than disposing of FOGO to landfill.

Composting FOGO can eventually result in cost savings for Council and the community, because disposal to landfill of the same material costs around $100 more than composting it.

What happens to your FOGO?

Your FOGO is delivered to Camperdown Compost Company which is an EPA licensed site producing compost that meets Australian Standard AS4454.

Over 3 months, the material is mulched, mixed with other organic material and moisture is added. Long piles (windrows) are formed where microbial activity starts breaking down the material.

The temperature is kept at 55-65 degrees Celsius, pasteurising the compost and destroying weed seeds and pathogens. The compost is turned, keeping it active. The end product is screened depending on end use.

The end product is sold mainly to local farmers for mulch, landscape soil, top dressing and broadacre fertiliser.

Already composting or worm farming?

FOGO complements your home compost by dealing with those hard to compost items like oyster and egg shells, avocado and mango pips. It also accepts items that you don’t really want to put in your compost like meat, bones, dairy, citrus and onions.

 

 

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