Bega Valley Shire Council has expanded the sale of its food and garden organics bin collection service compost from two tips to four.
Council said the expansion is due to the “positive community response” to the program.
Waste Services Coordinator and FOGO project manager Joley Vidau, said the expanded distribution is made possible by the addition of food organics to green bins in late October to more than 12,000 households.
“We are rapt to have this compost available at the four tips and to also have more of this valuable resource for our community,” Ms Vidau said.
More than 40 Councils in NSW are using FOGO to keep food out of landfill and produce high quality compost for sporting fields, parks, public spaces and private gardens.
The biggest risk to FOGO is contamination, but in the first week of the program the green bins had a contamination rate of one per cent.
This dropped to 0.8 per cent in the second week and 0.6 per cent in week three, council said.
“Some councils have up to 80 per cent contamination rates when they first introduce FOGO so we are over the moon that our community has embraced the new service so well,” Ms Vidau said.
FOGO is part of Council’s 10-year Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy ‘Recycling the future’ which aims to reduce valuable resources going into landfill.
The compost produced from its FOGO bins, which now includes food waste, will now be available at Wallagoot, Bermagui, Eden and Merimbula for $31 per cubic metre.