FOGO collection is available in the following areas:
Trevallyn - All urban areas in Trevallyn from Bowen Ave and Reatta Road north to the Hydro Electric Commission reserve.
Riverside - All urban areas in Riverside up to the Junction of Rowsphorn Road and Ecclestone Road, and including New Ecclestone Road and north to Cormiston Creek.
Legana - All urban areas of Legana including Danbury Drive, Acropolis Drive, Kavala Street to Bridgenorth Road Junction and Stella Court. North to Bindaree Road and all areas adjacent to Freshwater Point Road, Beach Road and Nobelius Drive and West of the highway in Legana including Outreach Drive and Sunrise Drive. Collection area will NOT include Muddy Creek Road, Legana or further north. Collection area will NOT include Bridgenorth Road west of Kavala Street junction.
A detailed map of the areas in which the FOGO service is available can be found in this FOGO Map (711KB).
Why is FOGO NOT available in my area?
Council introduced the voluntary FOGO service in the more densely populated suburbs of Trevallyn, Riverside and Legana. We are now expanding the service to areas of Grindelwald, Rosevears, Lanena, Blackwall, Gravelly Beach, Exeter, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point. This service will commence on 15th July 2022, check out the extension map to see if it's available to you.
What is the cost for this service?
There is an annual fee included on your Rates & Charges for the FOGO service of $100 (22/23 year). The fortnightly FOGO service includes a 240 litre wheelie bin, 7 litre kitchen caddy and a brochure with details on waste suitable for composting.
Why do City of Launceston have different FOGO charges to the West Tamar Council?
There are a few differences between CoL and WTC. The green waste processing plant is run by CoL and based there, therefore WTC pay CoL to accept our green waste, and we also have to pay higher transport costs to get it to their facility in Mowbray.
We have also chosen to charge an annual fee to ensure that costs incurred by the service are covered by those who decide to opt-in.
How many FOGO bins can I get?
One bin and one kitchen caddy per property.
Can I opt in to the FOGO service if I rent?
Yes, but you need to contact your landlord or real estate agent for them to arrange, as the annual fee goes onto the owner's Rates and Charges notice.
Can I take my FOGO bin with me if I move?
West Tamar Council's FOGO bins remain the property of Council. If you move to another eligible FOGO area and wish to continue using the service, you can take your bin with you, but you will need to notify us of your new address so that we can ensure the bin is emptied.
If you're moving to an area which doesn't receive a FOGO service, or would no longer like to receive the service, please contact us so that we can collect your bin.
When do I put the FOGO bin out?
The FOGO bin is collected fortnightly in Week A. Check your waste calendar or the Recycle Coach app for more details. Place your bin out by 6am on the morning of collection.
How much can my bin weigh?
The mechanical arm on the collection vehicle cannot lift bins over approximately 80kg.
What happens if my bin is too heavy?
If your FOGO bin weighs over 80kg, it may not be collected and you will receive a sticker on the bin or notice in your letterbox. Your options are to remove some organic material and wait two weeks until the next collection, or remove some organic material and contact Customer Service who may be able to arrange a second lift if the Contractors truck is still working in the area.
How can I keep my FOGO below 80kgs?
• Ensure grass clippings are not excessively wet, or alternatively, only partly fill your bin with wet grass clippings.
• Plan ahead, combine some heavier materials, and some lighter material.
• Give green leaves and other green material a chance to partly dry out in the sun.
• Follow the what can and can't go in the FOGO bin guide.
• Shake soil off all weeds and unwanted plants.
How do I register for this service?
Registrations will be available via the Council website, or if you are unable to register using the web, contact the council office at Riverside.
When will my FOGO Service commence?
Green Waste bins will be delivered approximately two weeks after you register for the service. As soon as you have your bin, you're welcome to start using it. Your FOGO bin will be collected in Week A. If you're registering for the new service, bins are due to be delivered in June 2022 with the service commencing on 15th July 2022.
Do I have to use the FOGO service?
No, participation is optional, but Council encourages residents to participate in the service as it has important environmental benefits.
I already compost my garden and food scraps so why do I need a FOGO bin?
FOGO allows you to easily dispose of a larger variety of organic waste than most residents would compost in a home composting system. Composting food waste at home attracts vermin, ants and odours. Commercial composting guarantees high grade compost with none of these problems for residents.
Can I put compostable/biodegradable coffee cups and bags into my FOGO bin?
Compostable coffee cups can go in the FOGO bin if you are 100% certain there is no plastic lining, look for cups such as bio cups with the green stripe they are definitely compostable. To double check a coffee cup for plastic lining, peel back the outer liner to see if there is plastic underneath, the plastic liner is used in most of coffee cups to protect the customer from the heat, and to keep the drink contained so it doesn't end up seeping onto your lap. You will possibly find plastic inside if you pull those paper cups apart.
Stay away from biodegradable as they don’t break down completely, they break down into smaller pieces when exposed to high temperatures, but there is always something leftover at the end. There are coffee cup lids around that are compostable but at the moment the majority are plastic and can just go into the recycling bin. This is the same reason we are saying no to all types of bags in FOGO bins, as there is too much confusion around compostable and biodegradable packaging, and manufacturers branding often tricks people.
What sort of cardboard should go into my FOGO bin?
Contaminated cardboard such as pizza boxes and other cardboard packaging that is covered in grease etc. should go into the FOGO bin. Clean cardboard needs to still go into the recycling bin as it's a valuable commodity.
Another thing worth noting is that shredded paper can't go into the recycling bin as it's too small for the sorting process to pick out, but it can go into the FOGO bin!