Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)

Food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection services provide a significant opportunity for councils to reduce emissions associated with waste. When food and garden waste is recycled it can reduce landfill costs and improves the environment.

MWRRG has developed a comprehensive guide to help councils design, implement and maintain a high-performing and cost-effective FOGO service. Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service – A guide for local government brings together the latest research, modelling and lessons from FOGO pioneers.

Download an interactive pdf of the guide below. 

Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service - A guide for local government

Research into community attitudes towards FOGO

In 2016-17, MWRRG commissioned independent social research to explore the community’s willingness to separate and recycle food waste via their kerbside waste collection system.

The results from the research are being used to help inform the development of the FOGO Guide for councils.

Key findings from the research included:

  • 70 per cent of respondents were open to separating their food waste from their general waste
  • residents were more motivated to separate their food waste if they knew what happens to it when it’s recycled
  • most residents believed the service should be rolled out universally, with a weekly collection
  • residents were concerned about the smell of food waste, maggots and vermin
  • council providing compostable bags would increase the likelihood of residents separating food waste and using the service
  • messaging and terminology should be kept simple.

Full findings from the social research can be downloaded below.

Resources

Last updated: 26/09/2018