FOGO is a go-go

Published on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 at 8:09:04 AM

The City of Albany will take the next step towards reducing waste to landfill with the start of the residential Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin collection service on 26 July 2021.

In the FOGO system, food scraps, garden prunings and other organic material will go in the lime-green lidded FOGO bin (previously Green Waste bin) for composting, instead of the General Waste bin.

The community-wide program to replace bin lids in the residential collection is nearing completion. Bin lids have been changed to ensure consistency with Australian standard colours for residential bins.

This program has also included delivery of a kitchen caddy and a supply of compostable liners to help make the transition to FOGO simple.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said Council is committed to the FOGO service and reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill.

“FOGO is a brilliant system that has had proven results in many other local governments. Here in Albany we had a great response from people who participated in our local trial in 2018,” Mayor Wellington said.

“By going FOGO, we can prevent around 30% of our current general waste from going to landfill, which is a huge win for our environment.

“We look forward to working with our community to embrace this new system and continue to reduce the impact of our waste.”

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said residents will need to be aware of changes to their bin collection schedule when FOGO starts.

“Once FOGO starts, all three household bins will be collected on a fortnightly schedule: FOGO and General Waste one week, and Recycling on the opposite week. There will be an additional weekly collection of the FOGO bin for 8 weeks over summer.

“A new collection schedule is currently being delivered to households to guide residents through to the end of the year.

“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure all the necessary approvals are in place for our FOGO waste to be collected and processed. Our staff have spent a lot of time engaging with the community to help residents transition to the new system,” he said.

Residents are encouraged to download the Recycle Right app, which will offer a comprehensive A-Z waste sorting guide and a bin day reminder for the new system.

The City of Albany app bin day function will no longer be supported after FOGO starts.

For more information on the FOGO system, including tips on what goes in each bin, residents can visit the City of Albany website or call 6820 3000.

This project is supported by the Government of Western Australia and administered by the Waste Authority.

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