FOGO Tips & Tricks

Caddy

  • Keep your caddy or container close to kitchen work area for convenience – e.g. on benchtop, in a cupboard or under the sink
  • Close the kitchen caddy lid
  • Wrap food in newspaper or paper towels
  • Store your caddy out of direct sunlight
  • Empty every 2-3 days, or as needed
  • Take your caddy out to your bin to prevent any spills when emptying it
  • Line the bottom of your caddy with shredded paper or paper towel to absorb liquids or odours
  • Sprinkle bicarbonate soda in the bottom of your caddy
  • Clean your caddy regularly with warm soapy water
  • Place shredded paper or paper towel on top of the food scraps

Bin

  • Place food waste in a compostable liner and tie up the bag before placing into the bin
  • Store your FOGO bin out of direct sunlight
  • Store meat or fish scraps in the freezer and adding these to the bin the night before collection wrapped in paper.
  • Line the bottom of your bin with garden clippings or shredded paper to prevent loose food waste getting stuck to bottom
  • Layer garden clippings or shredded paper on top of food waste
  • Place your FOGO bin out for collection every week, even if there is only a small amount inside
  • Clean your bin regularly with warm soapy water

Liners

  • To make the liners compostable, they are made from corn starch and therefore softer than normal plastic
  • To open, gently tear liners off the roll and rub the top between dry hands
  • Store in a cool, dry place so they don’t begin to break down
  • Dog bags provided by council in our open spaces are certified compostable and can go in the FOGO bin.
  • A roll of 52 liners will be delivered to residents every 3 months – this will last the 3 months if you use 2-3 liners per week
  • Liners begin to break down when in contact with liquids, so empty more frequently if your liners begin to split
  • If you need more liners between deliveries, you can collect more from the Customer Service Centre, Recycling depot and all Randwick libraries
  • You don’t have to use the compostable liners – you can use a paper bag, put loose food in your caddy and bin or wrap food in newspaper or paper towel
  • If you would like to purchase your own bags, please make sure they have the compostability certification and are green.

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