FOGO a go at Murray River

Residents from right across Murray River Council can expect to have a Food Organics Garden Organics waste collection service – known as FOGO - from mid-2022, after Council received funding under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less Recycle More program.

The $321,914 grant will ensure all customers who currently have access to kerbside waste collection will have a green bin service introduced to their collection schedules from mid next year.

This will also expand the green bin service currently operating in Moama and Mathoura to include both food and garden organics.

“We have had lots of requests to expand our current garden organics collection service right across the council area, so it is exciting that we can now start planning the implementation of this initiative thanks to the EPA funding,” Mayor Chris Bilkey said.

“The 3-bin Food Organics Garden Organics system will provide residents with more options for separating their waste, with the aim of improving recovery rates, increasing diversion from landfill and reducing costs of processing material.”

“Residents can also expect a comprehensive education program so they know what to put in each bin and how the system will work. Keep an eye on Council’s website and Facebook page for more information as it comes to hand.”

The introduction of the new service will be rolled out across the council area in ‘one go’ to avoid any confusion with implementation and start dates.

Cr Bilkey said this will also assist in the harmonisation of waste services across the Council area.  

As part of the implementation of FOGO, customers can expect the following:

  • All residential kerbside waste customers will be provided a 240Lt green-lidded FOGO bin, kitchen caddy (small benchtop scraps bin) and compostable liners to fit the caddy
  • All residential kerbside waste customers that currently have access to the residential kerbside waste collection service will have the following services:
  • Weekly FOGO (240Lt green lid) organics collection
  • Fortnightly (240Lt yellow lid) recycling collection
  • Fortnightly (140Lt red lid) general waste collection.

“Customers can expect to start receiving the caddies, liners, information packages and green lid bins if they don’t already have one during May and June next year,” Cr Bilkey said.

FOGO collection will begin across the entire Council area for residential kerbside customers on the 1st of July 2022.

There will be no changes to collection schedules until this time.

Commercial kerbside waste customers will not be receiving a FOGO (green lid) bin at this time, with plans to roll out separate FOGO program for this service in the future.