Introducing a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection

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This consultation is closed.

The City of Launceston invites your feedback on plans to introduce a kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection.

A 2014 study in Launceston identified that 52% of the waste collected in our kerbside waste bins and sent to landfill is compostable food and garden organics.

In an effort to further reduce our effect on the environment and improve kerbside garbage services, the City of Launceston is planning to introduce a kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection. FOGO waste is all organic waste - including food scraps, meat, fish, bones, dairy, small branches, pruning's, grass clippings, shredded paper and even hair. If it used to grow it is FOGO waste.

The Council proposes to offer the FOGO kerbside service on a voluntary basis to those properties currently receiving a kerbside recycling service in the urban area of Launceston and Lilydale. Research in other council areas has shown that voluntary services are generally more successful due to lower contamination rates in collected organic materials. Residents that do not wish to participate in the scheme are not forced to do so.

There will be no change to the current collection schedule - weekly garbage and fortnightly recycling. For those who choose to participate FOGO will be collected fortnightly, on the opposite week to recycling.

Those who participate will need to buy their own 240 litre lime green lidded wheelie bin from the Council. These would be available through Council at around $55 delivered to your property. Should the Council proceed with this service, residents will be asked to register their interest.

To support the service the Council will provide, at no direct cost to the resident, a 5 litre kitchen caddy and education materials to those who choose to participate in the collection.

The kitchen caddy provided to participants will make it easier to transfer food scraps to the new bin. The Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group (NTWMG) has agreed to cover the cost of education materials and a kitchen caddy.

Bin liners should not be used as many are non-compliant and unable to be successfully composted (even when the language on the liner may indicate otherwise).

To process the collected organic materials the Council will construct an Organics Processing Facility (composting) at the Launceston Waste Centre. This facility will utilise aeration technology.

The net cost to the Council to provide this service will be $0.5 million per year. Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval is required before this facility can be completed.

What do you think about this proposal to introduce a FOGO service and collection? Would you participate?

Have your say by completing the feedback form by Monday 28 March 2016.



This consultation is closed.

The City of Launceston invites your feedback on plans to introduce a kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection.

A 2014 study in Launceston identified that 52% of the waste collected in our kerbside waste bins and sent to landfill is compostable food and garden organics.

In an effort to further reduce our effect on the environment and improve kerbside garbage services, the City of Launceston is planning to introduce a kerbside Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection. FOGO waste is all organic waste - including food scraps, meat, fish, bones, dairy, small branches, pruning's, grass clippings, shredded paper and even hair. If it used to grow it is FOGO waste.

The Council proposes to offer the FOGO kerbside service on a voluntary basis to those properties currently receiving a kerbside recycling service in the urban area of Launceston and Lilydale. Research in other council areas has shown that voluntary services are generally more successful due to lower contamination rates in collected organic materials. Residents that do not wish to participate in the scheme are not forced to do so.

There will be no change to the current collection schedule - weekly garbage and fortnightly recycling. For those who choose to participate FOGO will be collected fortnightly, on the opposite week to recycling.

Those who participate will need to buy their own 240 litre lime green lidded wheelie bin from the Council. These would be available through Council at around $55 delivered to your property. Should the Council proceed with this service, residents will be asked to register their interest.

To support the service the Council will provide, at no direct cost to the resident, a 5 litre kitchen caddy and education materials to those who choose to participate in the collection.

The kitchen caddy provided to participants will make it easier to transfer food scraps to the new bin. The Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group (NTWMG) has agreed to cover the cost of education materials and a kitchen caddy.

Bin liners should not be used as many are non-compliant and unable to be successfully composted (even when the language on the liner may indicate otherwise).

To process the collected organic materials the Council will construct an Organics Processing Facility (composting) at the Launceston Waste Centre. This facility will utilise aeration technology.

The net cost to the Council to provide this service will be $0.5 million per year. Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval is required before this facility can be completed.

What do you think about this proposal to introduce a FOGO service and collection? Would you participate?

Have your say by completing the feedback form by Monday 28 March 2016.



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