Food Organics Garden Organics - FOGO

Food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste, such as food scraps and garden clippings, currently makes up more than half of what goes into domestic general waste bins.

FOGO is a resource recovery project with the potential to bring our region’s recycling rate from 45 percent to over 60 percent by adding a new lime green lidded bin for organic material made up of food and garden waste from late 2025.

This organic material can be recovered to produce valuable resources instead of being disposed to landfill where it takes up space and produces harmful greenhouse gases. These resources can be used to make compost for farmers and residents and potentially biogas or electricity. 

Council currently produces electricity from landfill gases at its three landfill sites to power up to 7,000 homes in our region. Find out more about how we are turning landfill gas into energy.

We want to take this initiative a step further by committing to introducing a FOGO service to all our residents. This will complement our existing waste collection services and align with Queensland’s Organics Strategy 2022-2032 and Council’s commitment to the SEQ Waste Management Plan.

Steps to get there

This is a major process that won’t happen overnight. It requires several steps from Council with the funding support of the State and Federal Governments.

Develop a business case

The first step is the development of a detailed business case. This has now been initiated by Council. The business case will identify and evaluate options and inform an investment decision. Findings from the business case will be made publicly available by the end of 2022. 

Tender process

Council will then proceed with a tender process for the construction of an industrial facility that can process all food and garden waste, within our local government area. The site would be responsible for processing an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.

Council will work with the State and Federal Governments to secure funding towards this facility.

The State and Federal Governments have announced funding through various programs. The State Government has announced a $2.1 billion waste package and all levels of government have signed off on the SEQ City Deal which includes a number of initiatives on waste.

New lime green lidded bins

At this stage it is estimated that the new FOGO service with a new lime green lidded bin should be available from late 2025. This aligns with State Government's waste strategy.

This would include a large-scale community engagement and education process - delivered statewide and supplemented locally - to help establish a new kerbside collection service.

Council is incorporating learnings from trials being conducted in multiple Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Queensland and from the 21 percent of LGAs that already provide this service in other Australian states. These trials will allow Council to move directly into the delivery of a FOGO service to deliver it correctly the first time.

Council already receives and processes roughly 61,000 tonnes of garden waste at its waste management facilities. We encourage you to make good use of this service. Find out more about how you can manage and dispose of green waste.

We will keep you informed

Council will continue to provide updates as this high priority project progresses. The implementation of this project will include an extensive communication and education campaign to fully inform residents on how to get or use a FOGO bin.

The timeline of the FOGO communication and education campaign will:

  • provide information on findings of the detailed business case, which is expected to be completed in late 2022
  • provide education to residents about why Council needs it's own facility
  • gradually reach all Moreton Bay's residents about FOGO prior to the commencement of the facility opening in late 2025.

How do I get involved and keep current?

Council will proactively provide engagement and education to residents and businesses. To get involved or keep current on this project you are invited to consult this webpage as it will be updated as the project progresses. You can also keep informed via social media posts at Council’s Facebook hashtag #WasteTipsTuesday where we frequently provide updated information on various waste management programs.

FAQs

View the frequently asked questions for more information about the project and how the new bins will work.