What is FOGO?
FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics.
FOGO is considered any food waste including fruit and vegetable scraps, processed food and leftovers from meals such as meat, fish, chicken, bread, egg, egg shells, dairy products, coffee grounds and tea bags. Garden waste can include grass clippings, flowers and herbs, small branches and leaves. Paper towel, compostable plates, and compostable bags can also be disposed of through a FOGO service.
The introduction of the FOGO service is as significant as the introduction of the kerbside recycling service in 1992 and the introduction of the green waste service in 1997. Council acknowledges that the introduction of a FOGO service will cause some anxiety amongst residents as is natural with change of any kind. For this reason Council has developed an extensive Communications and Education Plan that will be implemented ahead of the commencement of the new service on 2 April 2018 to ensure residents have the knowledge and support to correctly sort their waste. Council has received a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust under its 'Waste Less, Recycle More' initiative to the value of $1.03 million to assist in the introduction of the Food Organic and Garden Organics service. Council is committed to working closely with residents through this adjustment period.
The implementation of Food Organics and Garden Organics collections has already commenced at 27 other Councils in New South Wales. A further five Councils are set to introduce a Food Organics and Garden Organics service in the coming year. Wagga Wagga City Council has benefited greatly from the experiences of these other Councils who have generously shared their knowledge with staff through the investigation and planning of this service.