A large proportion of the material collected in bins is high in nitrogen, so mulched green waste which is high in carbon is added to the mix and the composting process begins. windrows are created and aerated to minimise odours and speed up the composting process.
After testing, most of the product is sold in bulk. Some compost is taken to the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility where it is sold by the scoop. Call 9797 2404 for pricing of our organic compost phone.
The FOGO system is the WA Waste Authority’s preferred kerbside collection system with the system proven to divert more than 65 per cent of waste from landfill per year.
That’s great! The FOGO bin can complement your compost as it can take the things that your compost can’t eg. Weeds, seeds, extra lawn clippings and leaves, meat and/or bones and dairy products.
Compost needs the right blend of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ materials so if you’ve got excess of one type you can add it to the FOGO bin knowing that it will still be composted.
Branches that are too thick for the compost can also be put in the organics bin.
Worms can be fussy eaters and often do not like onions, citrus, potato peels, bread products and eggshells. You can put the things they don’t like in the FOGO bin.
Chickens are great at turning organic matter into fertilizer. There are some things that chooks won’t eat which can instead be put in the FOGO bin.
Residents are provided with 150 bags, which should be enough to supply a household for financial year. Attached to the annual Waste Calendar is a voucher which can be utilised in January. Extra bags may also be purchased at the Shire Offices or your local supermarkets.
When purchasing more bags please ensure they are certified compostable bags with the AS4736 logo.
You will need to speak to the rental agent or property owner as it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that the kitchen caddy is left at the property.
Here are some hints to help keep your caddy fresh for longer:
- Tie the caddy liner up securely
- Line the caddy with newspaper or paper towel
- Freeze meat and seafood scraps until closer to the collection
- Allow hot substances to cool
- Dispose of your bin liner when you have placed wet food scraps into it.
No, you can place any food or garden organics loose into your FOGO bin. You do not need to place them in compostable bags. We encourage you to use the compostable bags in your kitchen caddy, and any garden or lawn clippings can be placed straight in the FOGO bin. In fact, the compost likes it when you mix the food and garden waste together. You could place your cardboard and garden waste at the base of your bin and your food waste on top to absorb the liquid.
If you or a member of your family has a long-term medical condition that produces medical waste that creates an unhygienic environment, the Shire of Harvey may be able to assist with a weekly general waste collection. Please complete the Weekly General Waste Agreement Form and return to the Shire.