Future of FOGO not going to waste

Published on 01 August 2023


After nearly two years, the Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial will come to an end with results set to shape a regional roll out in the future.

Waste and Recycling Councillor Shane Latcham said the FOGO trial, which will conclude soon, has provided incredible insight into organics management.

“Our FOGO champions involved in this trial have done a fantastic job and their active participation and dedication is greatly appreciated,” Cr Latcham said.

“The wealth of data collected during this period has been invaluable and through thorough evaluation we have been able to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of a kerbside organics service.”

Councillor Latcham said that careful consideration was given to extending the trial period however several key factors are still hindering a final recommendation as part of the business planning process.

“The implementation of a widespread regional organics collection service is a complex undertaking and at this point in time, we need to carefully balance the environmental benefits and affordability,” Cr Latcham said.

“Although we had hoped to roll this service out to our Rockhampton region community by 1 July 2024, our primary focus continues to be providing a final recommendation and delivering a robust organics business case that is further supported by the State Government.

“A well-developed business case is an important factor in this rollout and Council will continue advocating for support at both the state and federal level to ensure any financial impacts to residents are kept to a minimum.

“We strongly encourage our FOGO champions and wider community to continue exploring alternative ways to manage your organic waste, as we journey towards a zero waste future together.”

FOGO trial participants will be notified this week of their bin changeover date and final FOGO collection.

The trial will conclude on 31 August 2023.

Read more about the ways you can reduce food waste and compost at home: https://www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/CouncilServices/Rockhampton-Regional-Waste-and-Recycling/Bins-and-Collections/Future-of-FOGO