AS of this morning, the first of the specially designed ‘caddies’ to collect household food waste for recycling began to be delivered to homes throughout Wollongong.
The first suburbs to receive their Wollongong City Council FOGO caddies will be in the southern suburbs, with the north to get the receptacles over the next six weeks.
The FOGO caddies play an integral role in the collection of household food waste that is able to be placed in green-lidded organics bins as part of Council’s new Food Organics Garden Organics service.
Inside each caddy will be a ‘how-to guide’, compostable bin liners and a sticker to go on the green-lidded organics bin to remind you what can and can’t be composted.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said FOGO was an excellent solution to reduce the amount of household food scraps that go into general waste.
“By diverting all food waste from your red-lidded general waste bin to the green-lidded organics bin, there will be a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill,” he said.
“This not only reduces the cost of waste disposal, but also reduces the amount of greenhouse gas that our community generates.”
Once the kitchen caddy is received, residents will be able to start diverting food waste from the red-lidded general waste bin to the green-lidded organics bin.
“Once you have your caddy you are ready to get FOGO-ing,” Cr Bradbery said.
“But we are asking our community to be patient, and only begin putting food waste into their green-lidded organics once their caddy has arrived. This is essential as FOGO waste is processed differently to general garden waste.”
The introduction of FOGO is expected to divert 6,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill site at Whytes Gully each year. Wollongong residents currently fill up to 40 per cent of red general waste bins with food scraps. This equates to around 150kg of food waste per household going straight to landfill each year.
FOGO is different to compost in that you can include all food waste, including raw or cooked meat, bones, fish, bread, cheese and other dairy items and out of date food.
Follow and like Council’s Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest FOGO information.
Visit the Wollongong Waste website for handy FOGO hints and tips, or call Council’s Customer Service team for more information on (02) 4227 7111.
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Or council could just use some initiative & allow all the city’s residents to immediately opt in & begin processing all the waste from people’s green bins using the new FOGO processing system. Is it really so imperative to have to wait for a plastic caddie – what is the difference?