FOGO: Food Organics and Garden Organics

Jun 16, 2021 | Sustainability

As of the end of 2020, you’ll notice the infamous green lidded bins that have been scattered around the Illawarra. These are called FOGO bins (Food Organics and Garden Organics).

 

The organic waste from your household can now be loaded into this bin and each and every week to be taken to an industrial composting facility. The FOGO is then converted into rich compost, which completes the cycle of the sustainable waste management program. 

 

Unfortunately, FOGO bins are not being given to all the businesses and shops around the Illawarra, including critically our restaurants and supermarkets. This is something our local government still needs to implement because at the moment it boils down to the initiatives of the individual businesses. Broken Bits Creations however plays a small and yet key part in managing the waste from demolition and building reclamation yards. We are recycling the timber and crafting them into beautiful, custom furniture and homewares all for you, our customers!

 

Our favourite part about all of this is that untreated timber and wood can also be put into the FOGO bins (as long as it’s less than 20cm thick). Here at Broken Bits Creations we are not only saving timber from ending up in our landfill and turning into harmful gases in our atmosphere, but we can use our own FOGO bins for most of our offcuts and sawdust leftovers.

 

What can actually go in our Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)?

 

  • Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
  • Meat & Bones (raw or cooked)
  • Takeaway Food (removed from packaging)
  • Eggshells, Eggs & Dairy Products
  • Seafood (shells, bones)
  • Bread, Cakes, Flour, Pasta & Rice
  • Tea Bags & Coffee Grounds
  • Spoiled Food (removed from packaging)
  • Shredded Paper
  • Food Soiled Paper Towel
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Compostable Liners that meets Australian Standard AS 4736
  • BioPak Compostable Products that meet Australian Standard AS 4736
  • Grass Clippings
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Flowers & herbs
  • Plant Cuttings
  • Pruning
  • Timber / Wood (Untreated)
  • Weeds

(Images taken from http://wollongongwaste.com.au/fogo-Collection-Services)

If FOGO waste ends up in our landfill, when it is decomposing it produces methane gas which is about 25% worse than carbon dioxide. By diverting FOGO from our landfill here in the Illawarra, we are hitting three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 11, 12 and 13.

(Taken from https://sdgs.un.org/goals)

It is still up to us however to make sure that we are managing our household waste properly and sustainably. We too can hit these UN sustainability goals by simple things such as:

 

  1. Not buying food that we won’t eat
  2. Eating our leftovers
  3. Knowing how to properly store all veggies and fruits
  4. Using all parts of the vegetables
  5. Remembering to use the new green bin for ALL our FOGO waste