FOGO Trial group with caddy

Fogo Trial Group Southside

 Southside trial participants are located in three neighbourhoods in Allenstown and the Range.  

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Download the Southside collections service schedule calendar (PDF, 939KB)for the FOGO Trial Area.

FOGO caddy

This group are trialling a full Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service.  The trial group will be provided with a kitchen caddy, but Council will not provide  any compostable caddy liners.

Instead, each household will make their own decision as to whether they simply don't line their kitchen caddies, purchase their own compostable bags, or use an alternative solution to wrap their food such as newspaper or paper towel.

Have questions?

Some of the frequently asked questions you will find answers to below, but if you have more questions get in touch


When do I get my new bin?

New bins are being delivered in the final week of September.  You will see three changes:

  1. We will take the lid off your existing general waste bin and replace it with a FOGO (lime green) lid.  This is now your FOGO bin. 
  2. We will leave behind a new 140L general waste (red lid) bin.
  3. You will be provided with a 7 litre kitchen caddy
IMPORTANT: So that we can make this change over, it's essential that you present your general waste bin for collection on Tuesday 28 September.

How will this change my collections?

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Since your new FOGO (lime green lid) bin will have most of the smelly, “yucky” waste in it, it is now the weekly collection.  The smaller general waste (red lid) bin will now have much less waste and should contain nearly all dry materials.  This bin will therefore be collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your recycling (yellow lid) bin

There is no change to your current collection day.

Find out your scheduled collection bin day by typing in your street address on the My Neighbourhood page from the drop down menu on Community and Events page of the Rockhampton Regional Council website. Remember, if you are in the Southside trial group:

  •  your FOGO (lime green lid) will be collected weekly
  •  your General Waste (red lid) will be collected fortnightly
  •  your Recycling (yellow lid) will continue to be collected fortnightly on the alternate week.

How do I use my new service?

FOGO works in four easy steps:

  1) Place your food scraps and leftovers in a container/kitchen caddy kept on your kitchen bench, under the sink or in your fridge

  2) Empty your caddy or food waste into your FOGO bin on a regular basis as required

  3) Place your garden waste into your FOGO bin

  4) Put your FOGO bin out for collection every week on your usual collection day

Can I use liners or bags in the caddy provided?

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It is entirely up to you.  For households in your trial group, Council are not providing liners with your FOGO bin.   The reason for this is that we want to test the impact of households having to make their own decision about whether to line their caddies, and if so, what the preferred choices are.

There are several effective alternatives to manufactured caddy liners, including wrapping food waste in newspaper, paper towel or brown paper, or placing a layer of cardboard or dry leaves on the bottom of your caddy.

IMPORTANT: If you do choose to purchase your own compostable bags (available locally at supermarkets and hardware stores), it is critical that you only purchase bags with the AS5810 or AS4736 symbols on them compostable code symbols

Bags that say “biodegradable”, “degradable” or “plant based” are strictly not suitable as they still either contain or are entirely made from plastic, and we most definitely do not want to be contaminating compost with plastic as it will leach toxins into our soil, waterways and food crops.

Acceptable Materials

All of the following items can be put in the FOGO bin:

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  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and bones
  • Pasta, bread, rice and cereal
  • Eggs and dairy
  • Tea and coffee (but not tea bags)
  • Seafood and soft shells (but just not hard shells such as oysters, clams and scallops)
  • Cooked food and leftovers
  • Soiled cardboard, paper towel and shredded paper
  • Feathers and hair
  • Lawn clippings, flowers, leaves, weeds
  • Prunings, twigs and small branches (up to 10cm diameter)
  • Palm fronds (cut to fit in your bin)
  • Compostable bags
Unacceptable Materials

The following items cannot be put in your FOGO bin:

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  • General waste
  • Recyclable items that go in your yellow lid bin
  • Plastics of any sort
  • Biodegradable/degradable plastics
  • Soft plastics or plastic bags
  • Tea bags (due to plastic content)
  • Nappies
  • Clothing, fabric or rubber
  • Garden hoses, tools or pot plants
  • Gravel, dirt, rocks or soil
  • Treated timber
  • Concrete, glass, metals or building materials
  • Chemicals or paint
  • Hazardous waste
  • Large branches, logs and stumps (larger than 10cm in diameter)
  • Hard shells like oysters, scallops or clams)
  • Deceased animals

If you have large items, such as tree branches or roots, you will need to either drop them off at one of Council’s waste facilities or contact a local garden/waste services provider. 

Treated timber is not accepted in the bin as it contains chemicals and adhesives that contaminate compost.

What if my smaller General Waste bin is not enough?

You may feel that you need more space in your general waste (red) bin.  However, we have conducted waste audits over the last three years and found that up to 50% of the general waste bin is compostable material and a further 15-20% is recyclables. 

If you, therefore, use your FOGO and recycling bins correctly, you should have enough space in your waste bin, even with fortnightly collections.  In fact, your FOGO service now provides your household with a 70 litre per week increase in bin capacity compared with the regular two bin service.

If your household has exceptional circumstances e.g. several nappy users or specific medical requirements, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your options.

What if my FOGO bin starts to smell/attract vermin?

The contents of a weekly FOGO bin are no different to a weekly general waste bin service.  If you are concerned about odour or vermin, follow the tips below:

  • Store your bin out of direct sunlight
  • Make sure the bin lid is kept fully closed
  • Don’t leave standing water in the bottom of your bin
  • Wrap your food waste in caddy liner, newspaper, brown paper bags or paper towel
  • You can absorb odour by placing a layer of grass clippings, dry leaves, newspaper or shredded paper on top of the food waste when you place it in your FOGO bin
  • Keep your food scraps in the fridge/freezer and don’t place them in your bin until the day before collection.

How do I avoid fruit flies in my kitchen caddy?

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Fruit flies can be a problem in our climate, especially during the summer months.  To reduce the chances of fruit flies, we recommend you empty your caddy/caddy liner every 2-3 days.  You can also consider storing fruit in the fridge.

Fruit flies like overripe bananas, bruised fruit, potatoes, onions and other unrefrigerated produce.  Fruit flies can breed in anything moist or fermenting like drains, kitchen caddy or even in dishcloths.

You can also try a "trap" on your benchtop:

  • Place 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider, red wine or balsamic vinegar (but not white vinegar) in a bowl/jar
  • Cover the top tightly with a film wrap and a rubber band to hold it in place
  • Puncture the film with some small holes and leave it on the benchtop near the affected area for a couple of days.

Other detergents include essential oils such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil, diluted and sprayed around the problem area.

What if I moved house during the trial?

The kerbside bin is assigned to the property and not the individual.  If you are moving out of the trial area you should leave your FOGO bin and kitchen caddy at the property for the next occupants.

If you are moving into a FOGO trial area please get in touch with the Council's Customer Service Centre and we will organise a visit to explain to you the scheme.

I already home compost so don’t need the FOGO bin

Excellent!  Thank you for doing this – please keep doing it!

However, if you are still continuing to place some of your organic waste that is not suitable for composting in your general waste bin then an organics bin can actually complement your backyard composting - helping you to divert ALL your organic material away from landfill and making sure none of this valuable resource goes to waste.

Will I get to keep my FOGO bin at the end of the trial?

That is not going to be possible unfortunately.  Once the trial is complete in September 2022 all participants will be transitioned back to their regular service until such a time as Council is ready to commit to a whole of community roll-out.  More information on how this transition will happen will be provided to participants closer to the trial conclusion.

You can contact our Customer Services Centre on 4932 9000 or at enquiries@rrc.qld.gov.au to:

 FAQs - Food & Garden Organics

How often will my bin be collected?

Your kerbside bins will be collected weekly on your normal collection day, on the following cycle:  

• FOGO (lime green lid) will be collected weekly

• Recycling (yellow lid) will be collected fortnightly as per current cycle

• General Waste (red lid) will be collected fortnightly on the alternative week to your recycling

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the trial?

The only thing we need you to do is to have your bin out in the week of 27th September to 1st October on your normal collection day so that we can delivery your new bins and swap over your general waste bin.

How will the service work?

FOGO works in four easy steps:

1. Place your food scraps and leftovers in a container/kitchen caddy kept on your kitchen bench, under the sink or in your fridge

2. Empty your caddy or food waste into your FOGO bin on a regular basis as required

3. Place your garden waste into your FOGO bin

4. Put your FOGO bin out for collection every week on your usual collection day

What CAN I put in my FOGO bin?

Food waste – most food scraps, cooked and uncooked, including fruit, vegetables, dairy, eggs, rice, pasta, bread, cake, meat, bones, fish, seafood, leftovers, spoiled food, tea and coffee.

Garden waste – garden weeds, grass clippings, fresh or dry leaves, cut flowers, pruned bushes and sticks (no wider than 15cm in diameter).

So, can I put animal waste in the green lid bin?

Well, yes you can put pet waste (animal droppings, dog poo, kitty litter,etc) in the green lid bin!

BUT remember we need to keep the contents of the bin plastic free and compostable. This means you will need to be mindful that pet poo bags have the AS5810 or AS4736 symbols on them, or wrap them in paper or mingle with grass clippings and other garden waste loose in the bin.

Kitty litter can not be the synthetic type and plastic kitty litter tray liners can not be put in the bin. Plant based kitty litter will  also have the AS5810 or AS4736 symbols on the packet.

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What CAN'T I put in my FOGO bin?

Plastic bags or liners, nappies, soil, rocks, treated timber, building waste, tree stumps or prunings wider than 15cm in diameter, terracotta and plastic pots, soil bags, plant tags, string and hoses and garbage.

It is important that you only put organic and compostable items in the FOGO bin.  Inorganic materials such as plastic, metal and glass can cause serious issues in the composting process and affect the quality of the compost that is then going on our local farm land.

How do I collect and store my food scraps?

Council will be providing residents with FOGO bins a kitchen caddy.  Your kitchen caddy will be delivered between 27th September and 1st October along with your kerbside bin.  If you did not receive a caddy, please get in touch with our Customer Service Centre.

Do I need to use caddy liners?

There is no requirement to use caddy liners.  In fact, there are several effective alternatives to manufactured caddy liners, including wrapping food waste in newspaper, paper towel or brown paper, or placing a layer of cardboard or dry leaves on the bottom of your caddy.

IMPORANT: If you choose to purchase your own compostable bags in local supermarkets only purchase bags with the AS4736 or AS5810 compostable symbol on them.

Why can't I use biodegradable and other types of degradable bags?

You cannot use plastic, biodegradable, or other types of degradable bags in your FOGO bin. These products are made from plastic, with the "degradable" description referring to the fact that they will break down into smaller pieces of plastic. This will contaminate the compost product.

I have run out of caddy liners, where do I get some more?

Compostable bags can be purchased from most local supermarkets and hardware stores.  Remember, no plastic is allowed in the FOGO or GO bin.  Always make sure your bags have the compostable symbol on them for AS5810 and/or AS4736. 

What is happening with my general waste collection service?

Since you are receiving a full weekly FOGO service, your general waste collection is being reduced to a 140L bin and is moving to a fortnightly service.

What if my smaller General Waste bin is not enough?

You may feel that you need more space in your general waste (red) bin.  However, we have conducted waste audits over the last three years and found that up to 50% of the general waste bin is compostable material and a further 15-20% is recyclables.

Remember, most of the putrescible items are now going in to your weekly FOGO (lime green lid) bin.  So if you use your FOGO and recycling bins correctly, you should have enough space in your waste bin, even with fortnightly collections.  In fact, your FOGO service now provides your household with a 70 litre per week increase in bin capacity compared with the regular two bin service.

I have exceptional circumstances and I really do need a weekly general waste service?

If your household has exceptional circumstances e.g. more than 2 nappy users or specific medical requirements, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your options.  It is an important component of this trial that we understand and are able to respond to households who have genuine exceptional circumstances.

 

 See more FAQs on our FOGO home page

 

 

 

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