Belconnen suburbs to trial combined kitchen and garden waste collection service

Ian Bushnell 3 October 2021 139
FOGO bins

A kitchen caddy being emptied into a green bin for FOGO collection. Photo: City of Port Phillip.

A government kitchen and garden waste pick-up service will be trialled in selected Belconnen suburbs later this year.

The pilot Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service will be rolled out in Belconnen, Bruce, Cook and Macquarie.

The scheme is part of ACT Government plans to reduce waste going to landfill and turn household scraps into valuable compost.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the FOGO pilot would allow Canberrans to make better choices to stop waste going to landfill and take everyday action on climate change.

“About a third of our residential garbage bin contents are food waste which currently goes to landfill and contributes to our emissions,” Mr Barr said.

“Food waste breaks down in the airless conditions in our landfill and emits methane, an extremely powerful greenhouse gas.

“The ACT has a target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and achieve net zero emissions by 2045 so reducing these emissions from our waste stream is an important part of the Government’s action on climate change.”

Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said the pilot suburbs had been selected because of their mix of single residential dwellings and multi-unit properties.

“The FOGO service will enable Canberrans to take everyday action on climate change by removing valuable organics from landfill and helping to reduce waste emissions by up to 30 per cent,” Mr Steel said.

He said the pilot would focus on contamination rates, and how FOGO collection can be implemented successfully across a mix of single residential houses and multi-unit apartment dwellings before it was rolled out to the rest of Canberra.”

Green-lidded bins will change from garden waste only to FOGO bins, and participating households that do not already have a green waste bin will be provided one free of charge.

All participating households will be given an easy-to-use kitchen caddy with compostable liners as a convenient way to collect their food scraps. The compostable bags can then be emptied into the FOGO bin along with garden waste.

Waste collection for single-residential households in the pilot suburbs will change, with green FOGO bins collected weekly instead of fortnightly, and garbage bins collected fortnightly instead of weekly.

“The approach for the pilot will be similar to other local councils that have already adopted FOGO and we will be educating Belconnen residents in the pilot area on how to make this change,” Mr Steel said.

“Participating households will be contacted by way of letter and we will work closely with residents to support their transition to the FOGO service ahead of the pilot commencing later this year.”

The FOGO pilot is intended to continue through to when the service is rolled out to all Canberra households in 2023.

The government says recent survey results show that 92 per cent of Canberrans support a fully-fledged FOGO collection service in the ACT.

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139 Responses to Belconnen suburbs to trial combined kitchen and garden waste collection service
Julia Felton Julia Felton 11:13 pm 06 Oct 21

Don't know how this will work for large families where most of the weekly garbage isn't compostable scraps.

Mark Vearing Mark Vearing 10:16 pm 06 Oct 21

Adelaide has had this for ages and I thought they were behind the times. We even bought our bin and bags across when we moved here only to find out we couldn’t use it.

Brian Kilgannon Brian Kilgannon 8:09 pm 06 Oct 21

Canberra runs by fools.

Brian Kilgannon Brian Kilgannon 8:08 pm 06 Oct 21

Victoria has been doing this for the last 5 years.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 1:56 pm 06 Oct 21
Susan Guelman Susan Guelman 12:00 pm 06 Oct 21

Like the idea, but not sure how it would work for me. I have one small bench bin of food waste each week. I don’t put my green bin out every two weeks, especially in winter. Will I have to put my large green bin out every week just to have the green truck pick up one small bag of food scraps? 🥺 Will the compostable liners be free and where will you get them from?

    Sharon Caldwell Sharon Caldwell 6:59 pm 06 Oct 21

    Susan Guelman yep. I don't have garden waste. I have 1 small green bag of food waste.... big bin just for that..... we can pick up free compostible green bags from the library.

Siang Jin Law Siang Jin Law 9:19 am 06 Oct 21

Aveline Yang not Turner yet but 👀

Bridget Phillips Bridget Phillips 10:53 pm 05 Oct 21

Not sure why there needs to be a trial.

Just look at other cities and towns who have been using them for ages.

Just give them to everyone now.

Kristen Cantrill Kristen Cantrill 10:29 pm 05 Oct 21

Yes. This is amazing

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:15 pm 05 Oct 21

The best thing to come out of Belconnen is the road to Tuggeranong.

Samantha Schwarz Samantha Schwarz 7:57 pm 05 Oct 21

Best thing to come out of Belconnen!!! Ryan Harris

    Ryan Harris Ryan Harris 7:58 pm 05 Oct 21

    Samantha Schwarz you’re forgetting the water rats

    Samantha Schwarz Samantha Schwarz 7:59 pm 05 Oct 21

    Ryan Harris I amend my comment: second best think to come out of Belconnen

Liz Lyell Liz Lyell 7:03 pm 05 Oct 21

Sounds wonderful!

Emma McFarlane Emma McFarlane 11:58 am 05 Oct 21

Sabrina Costa get on it!

    Sabrina Costa Sabrina Costa 8:19 pm 05 Oct 21

    Emma McFarlane thanks lovely, I’ve signed up!

Grace Odell Grace Odell 10:08 am 05 Oct 21

Aaron Fahey - food organics and waste service collection - worth looking into

Hugh Jones Hugh Jones 9:49 pm 04 Oct 21

Went to see family in Newcastle about 6 years ago and they have been doing this for years and they put their compost bin out every week and their normal garbage out each fortnight

Amanda Wilson Amanda Wilson 9:12 pm 04 Oct 21

Carolyn Jamieson you might finally get the food waste bin 😃

    Carolyn Jamieson Carolyn Jamieson 9:13 pm 04 Oct 21

    Amanda Wilson yes I saw that.

    Would be great. Xx

Frank Calipari Frank Calipari 8:35 pm 04 Oct 21

Where does all the household greenwaste go?

Who has the sorting contract?

Burntout Bookings Burntout Bookings 8:34 pm 04 Oct 21

Super excited to hear this, what a great green step forward!

Joanne McRae Joanne McRae 7:35 pm 04 Oct 21

Looking forward to this!

Alison Warburton Alison Warburton 6:52 pm 04 Oct 21

About time.

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