Food organics & garden organics (FOGO)

Recycle food scraps and garden waste

We are very excited to introduce a new food and garden waste collection service to Randwick City. It’s called FOGO, which stands for food organics and garden organics. FOGO will help residents to recycle their food scraps along with garden waste in the one bin.

Did you know that almost 40% of the waste that’s currently thrown out in red-lid bins is food? Beginning in March next year, the new service will allow us to divert food waste from landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use the waste to create compost that can be used in farms, parks, sports fields or even in our own gardens.

Who would have thought that one small change - putting your food waste in your new FOGO bin instead of your red bin – could have so many benefits?

More information will be added to this page over the coming months, so check back soon for details of how the new bin system will work for you!

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Why FOGO?

Currently about 40% of red-lid bin content is food waste that goes to landfill where it degrades and generates greenhouse gases. In fact, food organics and garden organics (FOGO) is a beneficial resource. If FOGO is collected and processed appropriately, it can be turned into compost that can be used in farms, parks and sportsfields. Introducing FOGO will have huge environmental benefits and help maintain our beautiful suburbs, parks and reserves for everyone to enjoy.

What's wrong with food waste going to landfill?

Food waste degrades in landfills and produces harmful greenhouse gases.

What are the benefits of FOGO?

When FOGO waste is collected separately, FOGO can be processed into compost that can be used for food production, parks and sportsfields.

Who will be part of this change?

The service will be available for all households in the Randwick City - houses and apartment blocks.

What does it cost?

There is no additional cost for FOGO services.

When will FOGO start?

March 2021.

What if I already compost and don't have garden waste?

Your FOGO bin can be used for items that you might not currently compost, such as dairy, bones, meat/fish scraps and weeds.

How often will my FOGO bins be collected?

Your lime green-lid FOGO bin will be collected weekly. You will be provided with a new collection schedule before the new service begins.

What can I put in my FOGO bin?

  • Garden waste – flowers, leaves, grass clippings, prunings, etc.
  • Food waste – leftovers, bread, vegetable scraps, bones, milk, cheese, etc.
  • Tissues and paper towel
  • Soiled pizza boxes
  • Compostable packaging
  • Pet waste

What bin do I use for FOGO? Can I use my existing green bin for food waste?

Your existing green bin will be replaced with a lime green lid FOGO bin.

How can I get involved?

You can join our FOGO Friendly Force of residents and Council officers who will help spread the word to residents around Randwick City about this exciting new service.

Email fogo@randwick.nsw.gov.au to receive more information about becoming a FOGO ambassador in the next few months.

Where can I get more information?

More details will be available on this page over the coming months, so check back here soon.

Residents will also receive further information in their letterboxes in the lead up to the commencement of the new FOGO service.

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