Why did Council introduce a FOGO service?
Implementing a FOGO service in Maroondah is one of the biggest opportunities we have to reduce carbon emissions, support sustainable food production and achieve our strategic aim of halving waste to landfill by 2030.
Over 40 per cent of waste collected in Maroondah is food waste. In landfill, food releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. The FOGO service will divert food waste from landfill and turn it in to nutrient-rich compost for use on Victorian farms and gardens.
According to the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Policy, all Victorian Councils must introduce a food organics garden organics service, and standardise their bin lid colours, by 2030.
Reducing waste to landfill by introducing a food organics garden organics service is one of the priority actions of Maroondah’s Waste, Litter and Resource Recovery Strategy 2020-2030.
Request an additional food organics garden organics bin
You can request additional general waste, mixed recycling or food and garden organics bins, or second full suite of bins. Conditions apply so please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 to check if you’re eligible.
See fees and charges
Will there be any changes to when and how often my bins are collected?
No. There will be no changes to the frequency or day of your collections with the introduction of the FOGO service. The FOGO bin and mixed recycling bin will continue to be collected fortnightly and your general waste bin will continue to be collected weekly.
We will continue to monitor and review the performance of the FOGO service. If Council considers changing the frequency of the waste services, community consultation and research will be undertaken prior to any service changes.
Since the FOGO service has started, I have noticed my general waste bin isn’t as full. Can I change the size of my general waste bin?
The standard bin size for Maroondah residents is a 120L general waste bin. Now that you are placing your food waste into your FOGO bin, if you find that your general waste bin is not as full each week, you can downsize to an 80L bin. A $72 discount applies to the 80L bin, and it is perfect for those with limited bin storage space, waste-wise households, singles, couples or small families. Contact Council to change the size of your general waste bin. The charge is applied pro-rata if you change your service during the financial year.
If you are a tenant, you will need to contact your landlord or real estate agent to arrange a change of bin size on your behalf.
My FOGO bin is already full each fortnight, I won’t have space for food waste as well, what should I do?
If you find that your FOGO bin is full each fortnight, you may wish to consider establishing a home composting system.
A home composting system can complement the use of your FOGO bin, by using additional garden waste and food waste to create compost for your garden, in addition to using your FOGO bin. Council offers Maroondah residents up to 60% off a range of home composting systems delivered for free to your door via Compost Revolution. Visit Council’s Compost Revolution website for more information and to order.
You might be surprised how much food waste can fit in your FOGO bin. Food scraps are dense and do not take up a lot of volume in your bin. To maximise the space in your FOGO bin, try layering your food waste with garden waste.
If you find you still have an excess of garden and food waste materials, you can order an additional garden waste bin. Conditions and fees apply so please contact Council to check if you’re eligible. A second FOGO bin will cost an additional $230 per year. If you are a tenant, you will need to contact your landlord or real estate agent to arrange a change of bin service on your behalf. For more information about Council’s waste charges see our fees and charges
I do not have a FOGO bin. Will these changes still affect me?
The FOGO service is not available for businesses, schools and other non-residential properties. Only households with a current residential waste collection service are eligible for FOGO at this time.
If your property is serviced by a private waste collection contractor, these changes will not affect you.
Speak to your owners corporation or landlord to discuss your options for recycling food waste. If you would like to start composting at home, visit the Compost Revolution webpage to receive up to 60 per cent off the price of a range of home composting systems.
If you have a Council-provided waste service, but do not currently have a food organics garden organics bin, please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 to check if you’re eligible.