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FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics)

Remember, if it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go in your FOGO bin.

  • ALL food scraps (including dairy, meat, bones, seafood, fruit and vegetable scraps)
  • Lawn clippings
  • Small cuttings, prunings and branches (up to 15cm wide x 60cm long)
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Sawdust
  • Tissues & paper towel
  • Hair and nail clippings
  • Egg cartons
  • Egg & oyster shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea leaves & tea bags
  • Pet waste (please place in a compostable bag or newspaper)
  • Pizza boxes, compostable paper and cardboard food packaging
  • Compostable cups and cutlery
  • Compostable kitchen caddy liners (as supplied by council)
  • Shredded paper, post-it notes and small peices of paper
  • Newspaper

If it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go- that’s the rule for the food and garden organics bin.

  • Plastic bags and other soft plastics
  • Plastic packaged food, please ensure food is free of any packaging
  • Textiles: clothing, footwear and bedding
  • Building material, dirt or rocks

FOGO stands for food organics and garden organics (green waste) and residents who haven't already purchased a FOGO bin are encouraged to do so to divert garden waste and food scraps away from landfill and turn the organic matter into a reusable product through commercial composting.

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 $85.00 and we'll deliver it for free, including 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, email or simply complete the form below and we'll contact you to arrange payment for your new bin.

Keep your green bin smelling sweet…even in the heat!

  • Line your bin. Line your bin to stop food sticking to the bottom of the bin. Use newspaper, shredded paper, cardboard (remove any plastic packaging tape first), pizza boxes, egg cartons, dry leaves, or garden clippings before you place food scraps in.
  • Layer it – like a lasagne! Alternate layers of lawn clippings, leaves, shredded paper and newspaper between the food scraps to reduce odours and moisture.
  • Leave the lid open. On warm sunny days, open the lid of your green bin to allow for aeration and drying of material.
  • Put your green bin out for collection every fortnight, even if it isn’t full.
  • Keep your green bin in the shade.
  • Don’t overfill your bin, make sure the lid is closed properly.
  • Wash your bin out from time to time using a high pressure hose and mild detergent.

How to detract insects and rodents

Overripe, rotting or decayed fruit and vegetables can attract small vinegar flies and other insects to your kitchen caddy and green bin. In addition to the above, the following tips can further prevent insects and rodents from becoming a problem:

  • Eat ripened fruit and vegetables promptly or put them in the fridge until you can use them.
  • Clean up any spills or mess around your caddy or green waste bin.
  • Wrap rotten food in newspaper or paper towel and put it straight into your green bin or freeze in a separate container and put in your green bin the night before collection.
  • Spray lavender or mint oil around the base of your kitchen caddy and green bin. This will help to deter vinegar flies in your kitchen caddy as well as flies, rats and mice around your green bin.

Composting green organics is great for our environment. Most of the greenhouse gas emissions from landfill come from decomposing organic material which could be recycled through the green bin. Not only do green organics produce methane as they decompose, but their nutrients remain locked in landfill and can’t be used again to grow plants and food. Compost can be used in gardens as a soil conditioner and slow release fertiliser. Compost can be used to fertilise gardens, farms and sporting fields and the mulch can be used to protect against weeds, reduce plant stress and save water in gardens, parks, orchards and vineyards.

Composting and mulching food and garden organics is 85% cheaper than sending them to landfill. If we reduce the amount of material sent to landfill then councils can pass on these savings to residents and invest in other community services.

Residents who are subscribed to the green waste/FOGO (food organics, garden organics) service are encouraged to place food scraps into their green organics bin. This food can be thrown directly into the bin or placed in a kitchen caddy. Each household that opts into the FOGO service will receive a free kitchen caddy and compostable kitchen caddy bags to encourage greater diversion of food waste from landfill.

Rolls of compostable kitchen caddy bags are available at most major supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles and hardware stores or online. Bags must be labelled compostable, not biodegradable.

Keep your kitchen caddy and green bin smelling sweet…even in the heat!

  • Empty your caddy when full or every 2-3 days and rinse it after each use. Empty it more regularly during warmer weather. For a more thorough clean you can use dish detergent or pop it in your dishwasher.
  • Place dry materials such as tissues, paper towel, paper serviettes, shredded paper, toilet paper rolls, brown paper bags and compostable food packaging in the kitchen caddy to soak up odour and moisture.
  • Freeze seafood, meat and dairy scraps until your collection day, then place them straight into your green bin the night before your collection.
  • Sprinkle bi-carbonate (baking) soda on top of food scraps.
  • Use a ventilated caddy lined with a breathable compostable BioBag or open the lid to allow for airflow.

FOGO bin (lime green lid / sticker)

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Implementation of the My Local Services App is part of the City of Mount Gambier improving its customer service delivery on a mobile platform.

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FOGO bin order form

FOGO Bin Order Form

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Our Customer Service team will phone you at a time convenient for you to make payment for your FOGO bin during business hours.
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I agree to being contacted by City of Mount Gambier in order to make a one-off payment of $85.00 in order to arrange delivery of a FOGO bin.
If you would prefer to order or pay for your bin in person simply visit the Customer Service counter at the Civic Centre between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
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