Council has a fortnightly FOGO kerbside collection service (previously called the green waste service). FOGO helps residents to recycle their food scraps along with garden waste in the one bin.
Did you know that 36% of the waste that’s currently thrown out in Mount Gambier’s general waste bins is food? Another 9% is garden organics. That’s 45% of material that could all be composted instead, reducing the impact on the environment, and saving the community money.
The FOGO service is already included in the Waste Service Charge identified on your rates notice - all you need to do is purchase a 240L FOGO bin from Council for a one off fee of $80 and we'll deliver it for free and include a free kitchen caddy and roll of compostable bags to help get you on your way to diverting food scraps direct from the kitchen bench.
Get your FOGO bin now - contact Council on 8721 2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawn clippings, garden prunings, twigs, leaves, small branches, food scraps, tissues and paper towel and items marked ‘compostable’ such as takeaway containers and coffee cups are just some examples of items that can be disposed of through the FOGO bin.
For more information, see:
Remember, if it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go in your FOGO bin.
The FOGO bin is an optional service. You are required to activate this service by purchasing the appropriate bin from Council (once-off payment). If you already have a suitable bin (240L with lime green lid) simply place your bin kerbside from 6:00am on collection day. Tags are no longer required to activate the service.
Phone Council to arrange over the phone on 8721 2555 or come in during opening hours to pay the one-off fee.
Your FOGO bin is collected fortnightly, alternating with your recycling bin. Your general rubbish bin is collected weekly. (Refer to annual collection calendar here).
You cannot place plastic bags, painted or treated timber, stones, rocks, bricks, rubble, recyclables, dirt, soil, sand, gardening tools, irrigation hoses, and plastic pots or trays into your FOGO bin.
All items must be compostable (not just biodegradable).
Refer to What to Recycle and Where in Mount Gambier
Council’s most recent bin audit indicated that household general waste bins contain more than 45% green waste/food waste that could be disposed of through the green waste service. Through use of the green waste bin for garden waste and food waste households are anticipated to see a reduction in the volume of material in their general waste bins. Garden and food waste disposed of through the green waste bin can then be processed through a commercial composting process and turned into valuable alternate material such as fertiliser.
Organic material collected by Council's trucks from kerbside collection is disposed of at a local business where it is converted to compost. Watch this short video for more information about the process.
Households are entitled to one kitchen caddy per FOGO subscription. If you have not received a kitchen caddy for your household previously please contact Council to arrange. New subscribers will be provided with a kitchen caddy with delivery of their new 240L bin.
Rolls of compostable kitchen caddy bags are available at most major supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles and hardware stores such as Bunnings and online at www.sourceseparationsystems.com.au
Bags must be labelled compostable, not biodegradable.
If you are currently receiving a kerbside collection service from City of Mount Gambier you will be eligible for a FOGO service at no additional cost (excluding initial bin purchase). You may also be eligible to participate in our food waste diversion trial. To find out more contact Council's Environmental Sustainability Officer Aaron Izzard at email@example.com
Sending waste to landfill is over four times the price of sending organic waste to commercial composting. Thus putting your food waste and garden waste in the FOGO bin instead of general waste bin will save the community money. One of the many costs associated with sending waste to landfill is a State Government levy of $70 per tonne. Sending organics to commercial composting does not attract a levy. When buried in landfill organic matter emits harmful greenhouse gases, and also creates leachate – both have the potential to pollute the environment. By putting your organics in the FOGO bin you are helping the environment.