Food organics and garden organics

Household food scaps caddy being filled

From mid 2022 residents will be able to put their food waste to good use, with a soon to be introduced combined food and garden organics waste collection service.

When introduced, households can place food waste in the garden waste bin for composting. This new service is referred to as FOGO:
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An exciting step as we move towards zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Reducing the impact of our waste

We have been overwhelmed with support to turn food scraps into compost. In doing so, we can address one of the concerns residents have raised with us, the impacts of our waste on the environment.

Did you know over half of the waste sent to landfill from Banyule is compostable?
That's food scraps and garden waste that we could turn into compost to feed our gardens, going to waste.

When food breaks down in landfills, it generates methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Instead by composting our food waste, we take advantage of one of the single biggest opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions.

Rethinking your food waste has been made easy

Step 1.Collecting food scraps

Collect your food scraps using your kitchen caddy during meal preparation and when cleaning up left overs.

Step 2.From the caddy to the bin

Empty the food scraps out of the kitchen caddy into the food and garden waste bin

Step 2.Bin day

On bin day each week, put your bin out.
We collect and empty all food and garden waste bins.

Hear from local resident Hugh and his experience trialling our food and garden waste service over 8-weeks.

Bins and changes

Kitchen caddy

Kitchen caddy
  • You will receive a new kitchen caddy in June as part of this new service
  • Use your kitchen caddy to easily collect food scraps as you prepare meals and clean up leftovers 

Food and garden waste bin

Food and garden waste bin - lime-green lid
  • Your lime-green lid garden waste bin will become your food and garden waste bin
  • Bin is collected weekly

Recycling bin

Recycling bin - yellow lid
  • No change to your yellow-lid recycling bin
  • Bin is collected every fortnight, no change to frequency

Rubbish bin

Rubbish bin - red lid
  • Your rubbish bin will be replaced, new rubbish bins will have a red lid and larger capacity
  • Bin is collected every fortnight, as your rubbish bin will have less waste

  • Standard 80L rubbish bins will be replaced with 140L red lidded rubbish bins.
  • Households paying an upsize fee, using a 120L rubbish bin will have their bins replaced with upsized 240L red lidded rubbish bin.

Bin change instruction video

We are delivering your new red-lidded rubbish bin as part of the new waste service. Cr Alida McKern shares what to do when you receive them.

Check when your bin will be replaced

Use this form to do a search and find out when your property is scheduled to have it's landfill bin changed.

Form

Click here to view form.

The distribution of replacement bins and picking up existing bins will happen between March and June 2022. When a bin swap starts for you:

  • you will receive a new red lidded bin, delivered on your nature strip
  • attached to the new bin will be a card providing details of when to leave out your old rubbish bin for collection.

As old bins are collected, the plastic will be recycled, and given a new life.

Upsized food and garden waste bins

Already have a large, 240L green waste bin?

The Food and Garden Waste service will use your existing garden waste bin with a lime green lid, and it will not be replaced. If you currently pay for a larger garden bin, this will be your new food and garden waste bin.

Changing the size of a green waste bin

Households have the option to pay for an upsized 240L green waste bin.

Tenants interested to upsize their food and garden waste bin size will need to speak with the property owner or real estate agent as fees apply. Property owners or real estate agents can then contact us to organise an upsized bin service.

Supporting information and questions

Service overview

FOGO | What is it?

FOGO stands for Food Organics, Garden Organics.

It refers to the Food and Garden Waste Service we are introducing in July 2022.

Residents will be asked to place their food scraps into their garden waste bin, from where it will be sent for composting into soil conditioning products, and made available on farms and in parks and gardens to improve soil quality.

Reasons to introduce a FOGO service

Over 40% of the content of the average Banyule garbage bin is food that needlessly ends up in landfill. Food breaks down in landfill to become methane, a greenhouse gas significantly more potent than CO2, that contributes to climate change.

Recycling food waste is one of the single biggest opportunities for us all to reduce our carbon emissions. By disposing of food waste with garden waste in the green bin, all households can help the environment.

Organic waste avoids landfill | So where does it go?

Collected food and garden waste goes to the Veolia organics processing facility in Bulla, Victoria.

There, it takes 6 to 10 days to be turned into compost, which is then used to enrich the soil at farms, parks and gardens.

Types of waste

Compostable bags and bin liners | Can they be used?

Compostible bags and liners can not be used in the food and garden waste service because:

  • Collected FOGO waste goes to the Veolia organics processing facility in Bulla, where through a rapid and highly specialised process, it takes 6 to 10 days to be composted.
  • Unlike food and garden waste, bin liners (including those labelled as biodegrable or compostable) can't break down in such a short process. The knot that most people tie in the top of compostable bags takes even more time than the rest of the bag to break down.
  • There are no regulations of compostible liner manufacture or supply, so the processing facility is unable to identify if any particular liner is indeed compostible or actually just made from plastic.
  • In addition, when food waste is bagged, it stops our waste collection drivers and the composting facility from identifying and removing other contaminants like food packaging, plastic and glass that that aren't compostable and should not be sent to composting facilities.
  • Remember, your food waste is turned into soil fertilser to be used on farms, and in parks and gardens. The aim is to create a highly nutritious product. We don't want liners ending up in our soil, nor do farmers and gardeners want it in theirs.
  • Households can instead use a few sheets of newspaper or paper towel to wrap their food wastes or otherwise line their kitchen caddy.

FOGO do's and don'ts

You will receive a kitchen caddy and information pack in June, before the service starts. The information pack will have details about exactly what can and can't go into the FOGO bin.

As a general rule, if you can eat it or it grows, in the FOGO bin it goes.

Yes πŸ‘ | Food

  • Fruit and vegetables (including citrus, onion, garlic, herbs, spices)
  • Meat and seafood (including bones)
  • Dairy (cheese, butter, yogurt)
  • Eggs
  • Bread, pasta, cereal
  • Leftovers, takeaway meals
  • Coffee grounds, tea leaves
  • Spoiled or rotten food 
  • Loose coffee ground and tea leaves

Yes πŸ‘ | Garden

  • Garden cuttings (twigs, branches - cut to fit neatly in the bin)
  • Weeds
  • Grass cuttings and leaves
  • Cut flowers
  • Straw and hay

No πŸ‘Ž

  • Bin liners (not even compostable ones)
  • Nappies or hygienic pads
  • Animal faeces
  • Teabags and coffee pods (you can empty their contents into the FOGO bin)
  • Stickers, elastic bands
  • Food packaging
  • Plastics and glass

FOGO in your life

Odours

Households can explore any number of techniques to reduce odours. We recommend trying these alone or in combination to find what works best for you:

  • Garden wastes can be used to absorb food odours. Try lining the base of the bin with green waste before adding food scraps. Garden prunings and grass clippings are great for this.
  • Store smelly food scraps like meat or seafood in the freezer until bin night
  • Make sure the bin is kept out of the sun, in a shaded area.
  • Keep the lid of the bin closed to prevent smells.
  • Don't overfill the bin to the point where you cannot close the lid.
  • Clean and rinse the bin and caddy regularly.
  • Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda into the clean and rinsed bin to absorb smells.
  • Line the kitchen caddy with 1 - 2 sheets newspaper or paper towel. Never use plastic bags, not even compostable ones.
  • Let hot food scraps cool down before placing them in your caddy or bin.

Rubbish collection frequency | Will fortnightly be enough?

We conducted a trial with 500 residents across Banyule last year, who found that a fortnightly collection was more than enough once they moved their food waste into the Food and Garden waste bin.

Remember:

  • Over 40% of household waste in Banyule is food waste, and this can be deposited in your food and garden waste bin to be collected weekly from the kerbside.
  • We are upgrading your bin size. If you currently have an 80L bin, you will be receiving a 140L bin.
  • Soft plastics including carry bags, food packets and wrappers, plus more can be recycled for free in the RedCycle bins at Coles or Woolworths.
  • Plastic bottles and containers, tin and aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard cab go into your recycling bin.
  • Many other waste products including paint tins, electronic waste, batteries and more can be disposed of at the Waste Recovery Centre, either for a small fee or for free.
  • When shopping, try writing a list to avoid purchasing excessive items that may end up in the bin. Opt for products with less packaging. Avoiding waste is one of the easiest ways to reduce your household waste.
  • Household do have the option to pay for a larger 240L bin.

Kitchen caddy

A kitchen caddy is a small, plastic container used for storing and transporting your food scraps. It has a handle and a lid.

It is useful in collecting your food scraps as you prepare food in the kitchen, or when cleaning up after a meal. Once full, carry it to your green lidded food and garden waste bin and tip in the loose food scraps.

You can line your caddy with 1 - 2 sheets of newspaper or paper towel. But no plastic bags or liners of any kind  (not even compostable ones) can be placed in the kitchen caddy or food and garden waste bin, as these cannot be processed through our contracted composting facilities.

Kitchen caddies are made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials and are dishwasher safe.

Nappies

We are here to assist you with the new service.

We want to reassure you that while many families in our recent FOGO trial had concerns at the beginning of the trial, most found they had adequate room once their food waste moved into their green lid bin.

You rubbish bin size will be increased in size if you currently have an 80L bin. You will receive a 140L bin.

Reusable nappies are another option and to help we run workshops with families that are looking to reduce the volume of disposable nappies sent to landfill. Give us a call on 9490 4222 for details on how to participate.

If needed, you can pay for an upsized larger 240L bin.

Composting | we're already doing it

That's fantastic, thank you! Continue your at home composting and use the Food and Garden waste service to complement your home composting.

Any food waste that you may not add to your compost, bokashi or worm farm, for instance meat, seafood, dairy, citrus, garlic, onion, bones, eggshells, leftover food can be added to the food and garden waste bin.

Extra costs for FOGO

There will be no additional costs to residents for the Food and Garden waste service.

Composting

Watch this short video to find out how your organic waste becomes compost.

If you have any questions, email us at LetsRethinkOurWaste@banyule.vic.gov.au or call 9490 4222.