FOGO Trial FAQs
What’s the go with FOGO?
During October and November 2018 the City of Albany is conducting a FOGO trial in selected streets. FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics. With a FOGO service, households put food scraps in with garden waste and it’s collected from the kerbside to be converted into quality compost.
How will the trial work?
Households on selected streets will include food scraps with garden prunings in their green waste bin for the duration of the trial. These households will be provided with a kitchen caddy to help them to separate their food waste. During the eight-week trial participating households will have their FOGO bin collected fortnightly and their blue general waste bin collected on alternate weeks. Recycling collection will continue fortnightly.
Why go FOGO?
In Albany up to a third of our general waste is made up of food scraps that could be diverted from landfill and turned into compost instead. Rotting food waste releases dangerous greenhouse gases like methane and also takes up valuable landfill space. A great solution is to turn food waste into quality compost which can be used for gardening and agriculture instead!
Can I be part of the trial?
Only households with a green waste bin on selected streets will be part of this initial trial. It is hoped the trial will help determine how best to roll out a FOGO collection throughout the City of Albany’s entire kerbside collection area. Residents can register their interest in future trials by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I opt out of the trial?
Households with a green waste bin in the selected trial streets are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability. Residents with particular circumstances that may make it difficult to participate can call 6820 3918 or 6820 3979 to discuss possible solutions.
I’m in the trial. What if I run out of room in my general waste bin?
Householders in trial streets are encouraged to participate to the best of your ability. Make sure you put recyclables in your Recycling Bin and all food waste, including shredded paper and dirty pizza boxes, in your FOGO Bin. If you still find you’re filling your General Waste Bin in between the fortnightly collection you can email email@example.com or phone 6820 3918 or 6820 3979 for advice or assistance.
I’m not in the trial. Can I put food waste in my green waste bin?
Not yet. Please only put garden waste in your green waste bin if you’re NOT in the trial. We’ll keep residents informed of any future changes.
What will happen to the food scraps collected during the trial?
Food scraps and garden waste will be processed into compost by Vancouver Waste.
Why are people looking in my bins?
City of Albany and Cleanaway staff will conduct spot checks to record how people are using their bins. Bin checks have been conducted in Albany for more than 10 years to help us encourage the community to reduce, reuse and recycle correctly.
What happens to my waste after it’s collected?
- The contents of your Recycling Bin are sorted at the Albany Materials Recovery Facility before being transported for recycling.
- The contents of your General Waste Bin are sent to landfill at the Hanrahan Road Waste Facility.
- The contents of your Green Waste Bin are processed and made into compost by Vancouver Waste.
How can I find out more?
You can contact City of Albany staff for assistance during the trial via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6820 3918 or 6820 3979.
For more information on how to sort your waste download the City of Albany App at http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/utility/app/.