What is FOGO?
You might have heard the term “FOGO” pop up in the past year when discussion turns to waste, but do you know what it actually means?
The Three-bin System
FOGO – or Food Organics and Garden Organics - is often used when talking about the three-bin system which many councils across WA have begun implementing. Essentially it refers to a third bin specifically designed to separate organic waste from that destined for landfill so that it can be composted instead.
Take a video tour of the Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council's organics processing facility!
What's the value of FOGO collections?
Compostable materials (ie food and garden organics) are estimated to make up somewhere between 25% and 65% of the waste WA households throw away each week. Once composted, these organics become a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used to help grow more plants and food. A much better outcome than sending it to landfill!
So what goes in a FOGO Bin
All food scraps, including fruit, vegetables processed foods, meat, bones and leftovers, can go in this bin. So can grass clippings, flowers, weeds, herbs, small branches and leaves.
This bin will be composted so you can also put small amounts of paper towels and compostable plates in there too, but it’s essential to keep plastic, aluminium, glass and anything labelled ‘biodegradable’ out.
One way to think about it is: If it didn’t grow, or it wasn’t alive it’s not FOGO
Dog poo and kitty litter can also be put into this bin.
Where does FOGO gO?
The contents of FOGO bins often go to a nearby waste composting facility where they are turned into compost, diverting food waste from landfill and preventing the greenhouse gases and liquid that can pollute groundwater, create odour and encourage pests.
How is FOGO different to my home compost?
Although it can differ between local government areas most FOGO bins accept items which aren’t commonly home composted like bones, meat and seafood.
FOMO for FOGO?
FOGO is still relatively new in WA, but its presence is growing and it is proving to be a GREAT way for householders and local government alike to own their impact!
By 2025, FOGO bins will be a State Government requirement of all councils in the metropolitan and Peel areas.
If FOGO isn’t coming to your neighbourhood soon, why not take matters into your own hands and start your own home composting system!