Residents in parts of Svensson Heights and Avenell Heights have been selected to take part in Bundaberg Regional Council’s Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial.
The FOGO trial will be rolled out to about 1300 households in four stages, with the first FOGO collection to take place on 3 October and the final stage of the trial kicking off on 16 November.
Participating households have received direct notification of their selection.
FOGO trial kits, including new lime green-lidded FOGO wheelie bins, kitchen caddies to easily store FOGO before they’re transferred to the wheelie bin and an information booklet, will be delivered to participating households from 25 September.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was exciting to see this progress for the FOGO trial.
“Council has now received advice from the Queensland Government about how its Waste Levy will be progressively applied to household and domestic waste to landfill over the next decade as it works to meet zero waste to landfill targets for the entire state,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“That leaves our community with a $26.6 million shortfall over the next 10 years if no action is taken.
“We’re taking a prudent approach to the introduction of FOGO to ensure the best outcome for our community and the environment.
“This trial is the first step towards diverting what is a valuable resource from landfill and supports our advocacy priority to facilitate the establishment of a circular economy.”
Fogo trial participants get support
Every household within the identified trial areas, which were selected based on operationally efficient routes, is required to participate in the trial.
Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin said, during the trial, it was important to get a realistic gauge on the potential benefits of introducing a region-wide FOGO collection.
“The aim of this trial is to understand how FOGO collection will be received by the community and the types of volumes we can expect to be generated from a region-wide collection service.
“Trial participants will be supported by Council’s waste and recycling staff and have the first opportunity to significantly increase our region’s resource recovery from our kerbside collection service, thereby reducing waste to landfill.
“During the trial, a lime green-lidded wheelie bin will be provided to dispose of FOGO which will be collected weekly and the general waste bin, which will be given a red lid, will move to being collected fortnightly.
“The yellow-lidded recycling bin will continue to be collected fortnightly.”
There will be no additional charge for participants during the trial period.
Household food organics and garden organics (FOGO) accounts for about 57% of the waste being sent to landfill through the Bundaberg Region’s kerbside bin collection.
That’s 17,000 tonnes of food scraps and green waste going to landfill every year.
When these materials end up in landfill it contributes to the production of methane (a harmful greenhouse gas) made by rotting food scraps and garden materials.
Recycling food waste offers multifaceted benefits.
Firstly, it significantly reduces the burden on landfills, curbing methane emissions and aiding in the fight against climate change.
Secondly, it promotes the creation of nutrient-rich compost, enhancing soil quality and fostering healthier plant growth.
Read Council’s FOGO trial participants frequently asked questions here.