FOGO FAQ's

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No. The FOGO waste is sorted by hand to remove contamination. We need to protect these important workers from the bacteria that animal waste can contain.

Dog and cat poo and kitty litter should be:

  • placed into the rubbish bin, or
  • composted at home in a compost bin or worm farm.

If you have pets, it's worth considering installing a pet waste composting system at home. Home composting rebates of up to $40 are available from Council when you purchase an eligible composting system. You can apply for the home composting rebate on our Council website.

  • Keep your FOGO bin in a shady location, particularly during summer.
  • Rinse out your wheelie bin after collection. Use a broom to remove any waste stuck to the side or bottom.
  • Use compostable liners, newspaper or paper towel to line your caddy before using it to collect food waste or wash after use.
  • The caddy is dishwasher safe.
  • Avoid adding liquids to your caddy to prevent liners from breaking.
  • Reduce odours by wrapping meat, fish and bones or store in a container, and place in freezer until bin collection day.

 

 

 

A residentially rated property over four (4) hectares may apply in writing to Council for an exemption from all waste services and charges. Council officers will review the proposed alternative waste arrangements.

Applications should detail an alternative waste management system on a residential property over four (4) hectares, covering alternatives to the Council services including:

  1. a food and garden organics bin and regular collection
  2. a rubbish bin and regular collection
  3. a recycling bin and regular collection
  4. hard waste collection
  5. bundled branches collections.

An exemption, if granted, would remove all Council waste services and therefore charges from the property.

This includes all kerbside services, hard waste, and bundled branches collections.

Exemptions will not be granted for only one bin, or one part of the whole waste service provided to a property.

Apply for your four (4) hectares exemption 

Our trucks collect your food and garden organics and take it to BioGro, an organic composting facility in Dandenong South.

The material is sorted, contaminants removed and processed using a hot composting method that helps kill any bacteria and seeds. It’s then transported to a large rural property, placed in windrows and turned by farming machinery to add oxygen to produce a high-quality compost that Victorian farmers will use to help grow our food.

You can find out more on Bio Gro's website.

 

 

Thanks for taking steps to compost some of your food scraps at home.

The FOGO service can complement your current composting, as it can take the things people often don’t like to add to their compost bin, including large prunings, environmental weeds, excess lawn clippings, meat, bones, seafood, shells, paper towel, excess citrus and dairy products. 

If you want to start home composting there are rebates of up to $40 available from Council when you purchase an eligible composting system. You can apply for the home composting rebate on our Council website.

The contents of your FOGO bin will be taken to a regional composting contractor called Bio Gro.  Due to the large scale of Bio Gro’s operations, the site can process more items and break organics down much quicker than a worm farm or compost bin. It also hot composts the material at a consistent 55-70 degree temperature to kill off any weed seeds or pathogens - something that is very difficult to do with a home composting system, particularly in cooler weather.

The compost produced from the collection of FOGO materials is screened to remove contamination and can be used to improve soils in parks and on farms.

 

To enable the roll-out of the FOGO service:

  • Single residence properties that did not already have a garden organics bin have been allocated a 240 litre FOGO bin.
  • Multiple unit developments and subdivided properties that did not already have a garden organics bin have been allocated a 120 litre FOGO bin.

A property owner can choose to change the size of their FOGO bin, if it better suits their needs.

If you would like to change the size of your FOGO bin you can:

  • complete a change bin size form, or
  • call us on 1300 368 333, or
  • visit one of our Community Links

Please note.

  • There may be a delay in processing these bin size change requests.
    • You can continue to use the FOGO bin you have at home until the changeover occurs.
    • We will be in contact to let you know when the changeover will take place.
  • Only the property owner or authorised agent can request a change to bin sizes.

 

 

 

 

All Councils must start a FOGO collection service before 2030 as part of the Victorian State Government's Circular Economy Policy.

This new collection is for all properties, including businesses and community organisations, that use our waste and recycling services.

Did you know more than half of the waste in our rubbish bins could be recycled or composted?The FOGO service will reduce valuable material going to landfill and help to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

Adding your food scraps to your new lime green lidded FOGO bin will allow us to:

  • Turn food scraps into nutrient-rich compost for gardens and farms.
  • Stop food going to landfill, reducing our impact on the environment.
  • Free up space in your garbage bin.

Watch our Webinars (recorded 2023) to learn more about Councils three bin waste services:

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