Buried deep in our household rubbish bin lies an opportunity that could see the Shellharbour City divert almost half of our household bin waste from landfill and instead turn it into a valuable resource.

Shellharbour City Council implemented FOGO in 2016 and since then has processed over 58,000 tonnes of food and garden organics.

In the last 12 months alone, Shellharbour residents have sent 13,000 tonnes of FOGO to the Dunmore Waste processing facility to be turned into nutrient-rich compost. Council believes there is still room for improvement.

So, what is FOGO?

All food waste can go into the green bin along with garden organics, lawn clippings and leaves.

Organics are then reprocessed into compost mulch at Shellharbour's own FOGO processing facility.

How does your FOGO go?

Your FOGO top tips

My top FOGO tip is ...

15 September, 2021

Meg says:

Freeze your FOGO until bin day to reduce the yuck. We've an area in our freezer for FOGO. Line big bin too then frozen FOGO on bin night.

7 September, 2021

Geg says:

Wrap all food scraps in newspaper to avoid sticking to the green bin

7 September, 2021

SuzyCollum says:

Give the choice of a 140ltr bin without having to downsize the yellow bin.We DO NOT have lawn so are stuck with a huge bin for food scraps .

7 September, 2021

Jo says:

Even if you line your FOGO before use, pop it through the dishwasher when emptied to help reduce smells.

6 September, 2021

Gong_Stu says:

Using Hellofresh paper bags as caddy liner

6 September, 2021

SBryla says:

I line the bottom of my bin with ripped up cardboard and shredded newspaper, and i always use the green approved bags for my food waste.

6 September, 2021

SafetyCross says:

Use cardboard or garden clippings to line the bottom of your Green bin to prevent your FOGO contents sticking to the bottom of the bin.

5 September, 2021

Amanda says:

Keep stinky, loose /sloppy food in fridge/freezer until the weekend (Monday bin collection)

24 August, 2021

SarahHollingworth says:

Pizza boxes that are dirty with cheese and crusts can go in the green organics bin. If they’re clean put them in the yellow recycling bin.

21 August, 2021

Kirstl says:

Tissues and paper towel can go in fogo.

20 August, 2021

Julz says:

Freeze any raw meet in the little green bag for bin night so it doesn't have to sit out in the sun for days.

20 August, 2021

Stewart says:

Let your green dry out before putting in bin you will get more in and will go in easier too

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