Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)

Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government are excited to have launched a trial food and/or garden collection service to a number of pre-determined households. As part of this trial, approximately 1,500 households across Townsville have now received either a new Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin or Garden Organics (GO) bin.

The trial aims to reduce the amount of organic material that ends up in landfill. This material currently makes up approximately 46% of the average Townsville general waste red lid bin. Council aims to divert this material from landfill in order to work towards our goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030.

The roll-out of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) / Garden Organics (GO) bins is an action outlined in the Australian Government’s National Waste Policy. The Queensland Government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy also supports the diversion of organic material from landfill.

What is FOGO and GO?

FOGO is food organics and garden organics generated within your home and garden.

GO is garden organics only generated within your yard and garden.

Households that are part of the FOGO trial will receive a:

  • Kitchen caddy
  • Roll of compostable kitchen caddy liners certified AS 4736
  • New 240-litre FOGO lime green lid wheelie bin for food organics and garden organics.

Households that are part of the GO trial will receive a:

  • New 240-litre GO lime green lid wheelie bin for garden organics only.

For participating households, the fortnightly collection capacity is increasing by 240 litres with the addition of a FOGO/GO bin. During the 12-month trial, the existing total waste collection of 720 litres will increase to 960 litres every fortnight.

How do I provide feedback on the FOGO and GO trial?

If you are a trial household in Burdell, visit here.

If you are a trial household in Idalia, visit here.

If you are a trial household in Vincent and Heatley, visit here.

Who is in the FOGO trial?

Three areas within Burdell (FOGO), Idalia (FOGO) and Vincent/ Heatley (GO service only) will participate in the trial. Find below maps for each trial areas:

How many households are participating?

Approximately 1,000 households will participate in the FOGO trial in the Burdell and Idalia areas.

Approximately 500 households will participate in the GO trial in the Vincent and Heatley areas.

The Queensland Government contributed funding to enable Council to conduct the FOGO and GO trial.

How do you know if you are part of the FOGO or GO trial?

Introductory packs were mailed to all participating households in early August.

Refer to the maps of the trial areas for more details.

When will the FOGO trial commence?

The trial commences in October 2021 and runs for 12 months.

Why FOGO and GO?

  • The Australian Government have set an action to introduce FOGO and/or GO collection services to households and businesses by the end of 2023. The Queensland Government co-funded this trial to assist council to understand the potential for full scale rollout and how FOGO / GO systems operate in Queensland communities.
  • FOGO makes up around half of the average Townsville households waste stream and is a valuable material that can be converted to compost or used to improve soil health.
  • Returning valuable organic material to the soil is a better outcome than landfilling it. In landfill, organic material does not produce compost but instead consumes expensive landfill space and generates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.
  • Council’s landfill has limited capacity, and all efforts to conserve this asset need to be made to defer future increases to waste management costs.

FOGO Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

For tips and advice on how to start composting at home, visit our composting page.