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FOGO rollout fast tracked

News Article Date: 
Friday, 21 December 2018

All Warrnambool households are expected to receive a fortnightly Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection by July 2019.

Today’s announcement of a $300,000 grant by the Victorian Government has allowed the planned rollout of FOGO in Warrnambool to be fast tracked.

Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio MP confirmed Warrnambool City Council as one of 20 recipients of a grant via the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.

FOGO allows food and garden waste to be processed separately from rubbish, which costs less money and is better for the environment. 

Households receive a green-lidded wheelie bin that is collected fortnightly as well as a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to collect their FOGO material.

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Tony Herbert said that he was looking forward to seeing the bins in use throughout the municipality.

“This is great support from the Victorian Government to help fund an important project that will significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” he said.

“Following a successful trial, Council resolved to introduce a FOGO service to all households, and today’s announcement means we can do so very soon.

“Results from the trial show that our residents have really embraced the service, with very low rates of contamination.

“More than 3000 households are already using the three bin system, another 3000 will begin to receive the FOGO service in March and we expect the balance to follow soon after.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the community about the FOGO collection. One of the most common questions I receive from residents is “when will I get a FOGO bin at my house” so I’m very pleased that we now have more surety around the rollout schedule.

“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government and urge them to continue to fund innovative projects in the waste management and resource recovery sector. 

“They have a critical role to play in the coordination and funding of initiatives that allow materials to be processed here in Victoria, reducing our reliance on other markets and creating local jobs.”

FOGO sees organic material from Warrnambool households collected and turned into compost rather than going into landfill.

Approximately 45 per cent of material in the average household rubbish bin is FOGO material.

Diverting FOGO from Warrnambool’s garbage bins has the potential to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4000 tonnes of CO2 e (carbon dioxide equivalent) annually.

This equates to removing 857 cars off the road every year.

Residents that haven’t already been contacted will receive a mail-out early in 2019 fully explaining how FOGO works and indicating when their collection will start.

For more information about FOGO, visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/FOGO.

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