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Maroondah Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) Champions program


A FOGO service is coming to Maroondah in 2023 and we are looking for residents to help us spread the word! 

From May 2023, the community will be able to place food scraps in the garden organics bin in addition to garden materials. Food waste that’s diverted from landfill will be turned into nutrient rich compost that will improve the soil on Victorian farms and gardens.

We are looking for Maroondah residents who are passionate about sustainability to join our team of FOGO Champions. 

Our FOGO champions are passionate about creating a more sustainable Maroondah and supporting the community during the transition to a FOGO service.  

Read more about how to become a FOGO Champion or hear from some of our current FOGO Champions in the drop down boxes below!  


Morgan, Waste Education and Engagement Officer with FOGO Champions Jane and Neil from Ringwood.

Why did you sign up to become FOGO Champions?

Jane: “We’re passionate about playing a role to reduce food ending up in landfill and helping our community to move towards a more regenerative relationship with the Earth.”

What aspects of the FOGO Champion program are you looking forward to participating in?

Jane: “Talking with people in our neighbourhood; as well as family and friends about this exciting initiative and supporting them in understanding the role they can play.”

Neil: “Working through the process to ensure that it is easy and practical”

Why do you think FOGO will be beneficial for the Maroondah community?

Neil: “Removing food from landfill will be a real game changer for limiting greenhouse gasses and it will also empower myself and others to play our role as responsible citizens.”

Jane: “It will help people feel they are able to contribute to redressing the damage we have been doing to our beautiful planet; it will help people feel proud of the leadership being shown by Maroondah City Council.”

Why are you looking forward to using the FOGO service in your household? 

Jane: “We have a compost system and worm farm, but we’re looking forward to using the FOGO to dispose of our citrus, onion and meat scraps; as well as learning how to support others in using the system.”

Neil: “It will help me be more responsible for the disposal of food waste and allows me to be confident in contributing such items as meat scraps, citrus and onions; and the process looks easy.”

FOGO Champions will help inform, support and educate the Maroondah community.

As a FOGO Champion you will:

  • ensure your local community and networks are kept informed and are ready to go FOGO from 1 May 2023
  • provide Council with feedback on education approaches and messages
  • connect with like-minded residents, meet new people, build new friendships and expand your network
  • build community engagement and leadership skills
  • receive training from waste education specialists

To apply to be a Maroondah FOGO Champion, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form below.

If you need assistance with your application or have any further questions, please contact our Waste Team by emailing or phone 9298 4511. 

FOGO Champion EOI

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