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40% of the contents of the average household red-lidded general waste bin in Wollongong is food.

This is approximately 4kg of food waste per household per week, 208kg per household per year or 17,565 tonnes per year across all households. This is the equivalent of 1,950 buses.

At the moment the contents of your red-lidded general waste bin is sent to landfill, where nothing is recovered or recycled. The presence of food in landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas, as it decomposes in an environment without oxygen. Removing food from landfill will reduce the amount of methane produced.

We want to stop sending food waste to landfill and compost it instead.

Council has committed to working towards the New South Wales state target of increasing resource recovery rates for municipal waste to 70% by 2021/22. To achieve this target, we must change the way we collect and process our waste.

In order to investigate this Council has resolved to undertake a twelve week Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) trial in selected streets across three suburbs within the Local Government Area.

There will be no change to the collection frequency of the red-lidded general waste bin or green-lidded organics bin as part of this trial. The only change will be the addition of food waste in your green-lidded organics bin.

If you are within the trial area it’s important you participate as data collected from the trial will be used to evaluate the merits of a city-wide roll out.

Throughout the trial period, participating households will be supported with ongoing education material and access to online forums. Further information relating to this will be provided in the FOGO Trial Information Pack.

40% of the contents of the average household red-lidded general waste bin in Wollongong is food.

This is approximately 4kg of food waste per household per week, 208kg per household per year or 17,565 tonnes per year across all households. This is the equivalent of 1,950 buses.

At the moment the contents of your red-lidded general waste bin is sent to landfill, where nothing is recovered or recycled. The presence of food in landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas, as it decomposes in an environment without oxygen. Removing food from landfill will reduce the amount of methane produced.

We want to stop sending food waste to landfill and compost it instead.

Council has committed to working towards the New South Wales state target of increasing resource recovery rates for municipal waste to 70% by 2021/22. To achieve this target, we must change the way we collect and process our waste.

In order to investigate this Council has resolved to undertake a twelve week Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) trial in selected streets across three suburbs within the Local Government Area.

There will be no change to the collection frequency of the red-lidded general waste bin or green-lidded organics bin as part of this trial. The only change will be the addition of food waste in your green-lidded organics bin.

If you are within the trial area it’s important you participate as data collected from the trial will be used to evaluate the merits of a city-wide roll out.

Throughout the trial period, participating households will be supported with ongoing education material and access to online forums. Further information relating to this will be provided in the FOGO Trial Information Pack.

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