Southern Grampians ready to go FOGO

Southern Grampians Shire Council is set to introduce a new compulsory Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service commencing from 1 July.

The new service will include fortnightly collection of bins, with kitchen caddies provided for the collection of household food scraps. The service will accept all garden waste, as well as food waste including meat, bones, processed foods, fruit and vegetable scraps and spoiled paper.

Southern Grampians Shire Mayor Chris Sharples said that the new FOGO service would provide significant benefits for the environment and community.

“We know that more than 50% of the waste in garbage bins in the Southern Grampians Shire is organic food and garden waste – waste that doesn’t compost in landfill. This material breaks down without air and releases harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere,” Cr Sharples said.

“With the introduction of the compulsory FOGO bin, this organic material will be composted and returned to farm land to improve soil health. Importantly, it also saves Council on costs associated with landfill charges, EPA levies and transport costs”.

Previously Council have offered a voluntary FOGO service to Hamilton and Tarrington residents only.

Since Council decided to introduce the service last year, the Victorian Government announced that all residents will have access to FOGO services by 2030.

For more information, visit www.sthgrampians.vic.gov.au