Council rolls-out new liners for food recycling collection caddies

THE first anniversary of the launch of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) collection will be this November, and Wollongong City Council is preparing to mark the milestone date with the delivery of a new bundle of compostable liners for the caddy.

The liners are due to be dropped off to all households with an existing caddy between October and November, and the new roll of liners are expected to last about 12 months.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council is starting to hear that households are coming to the end of the free liners that were delivered in the first rollout.

“I am sure the news there is a new collection coming will be welcome,’’ he said.

“This roll is designed to last about a year – with three liners per week considered the average use rate.

“For those who have run out sooner, you can either go without liners and just tip the caddy’s contents into the green-lidded organics bin, or pick up some from supermarkets or other retailers. Just be sure to look for the Australian Standard of AS4736 and the seedling logo on the wrapping so you know it’s made out of the right compostable materials.’’

The liners are in the same style as the previous ones and those who aren’t using their FOGO bins can opt out of receiving the delivery before November 5. You can opt out by contacting Remondis on 1300 362 360 or by filling out the feedback form on the Wollongong Waste website.

The liners will be delivered from late October with everyone to have received their new compostable liners by November 19.

“The launch of FOGO in the city has been a really positive step towards reducing our collective environmental impact,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

Since the launch of FOGO residents have kept an average of 400 tonnes of food waste a month out of landfill.

“This is significant because this food waste is no longer going into landfill where it creates methane and other greenhouse gases as it decomposes; it’s being repurposed and given a new lease of life as compost. It is also increasing the life of the City’s landfill and this is a better outcome for everyone.’’

To find out more about FOGO – including details of what does and doesn’t go in your caddy – visit the Wollongong Waste website.

Do you use Council’s food recycling caddy? Scroll down to the comments section on this page to give us your thoughts.

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2 thoughts on “Council rolls-out new liners for food recycling collection caddies

  1. I don’t need my bin, I do use the fogo bags.
    I would like to give my bin away but keep getting free bags. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Patricia Klaus | September 25, 2021, 8:41 am
  2. We LOVE fogo. Love the caddies and appreciate the liners though they are not really needed just keep the caddies cleaner Our tiny red is mostly empty each week.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Marie | October 2, 2021, 6:35 pm

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