29 November, 2023

New bins to come out for food and garden waste

City of Moreton Bay has awarded an estimated $63.5 million organics collection service contract to Cleanaway, which is scheduled to commence in December 2024.

New bins to come out for food and garden waste - feature photo

City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery said the new service signals a significant step towards environmental sustainability and proactive waste management within the city.

“Food scraps and garden clippings are nearly half of all waste in our domestic general waste bins,” Cr Flannery said.

“The introduction of garden organics bins is expected to bolster the city’s recycling and environmental sustainability efforts.”

The organics collection service is set to unfold in two stages: Stage 1 will see the implementation of a new 240L lime green lidded bin for garden organics (GO), with collection service anticipated to start in December 2024.

Stage 2 will transition the GO service to a Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) service.

Cleanaway’s scope of services under this contract involves the supply and maintenance of bins, as well as the collection of organic material.

Council anticipates $7.5 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s ‘Growing the Recovery of Organic Waste via Food Organic Garden Organic (GROW FOGO)’ program to support the initial organics bin roll-out.

Specific eligibility criteria for the kerbside organics service will apply, with the GO and FOGO collection services offering varying bin sizes and collection frequencies.

By processing food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste, the service aims to generate valuable resources, curtail landfill waste, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This initiative will contribute to Moreton Bay’s ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions by 2039.


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