Media release: Get ready: Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) starts this July

14 Mar 2023
Resilient Environment

Manningham’s new Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service starts in July and every household with a Council residential waste service will soon receive a FOGO starter kit. 

Once FOGO starts for Manningham households, food waste will go into your existing green lid bin along with garden waste for it to be recycled into compost. 

Set to be delivered during April and May, the FOGO starter kits include a kitchen caddy, a roll of certified compostable liners and an information pack to help Manningham households get started with FOGO. 

Manningham Mayor, Cr Deirdre Diamante, said the FOGO starter kits include everything you need to get going with the Food Organics Garden Organics service.

“The FOGO kitchen caddy and the compostable liners have been designed to help you collect and carry food waste from your kitchen out to your green lid FOGO bin. 

“You won’t need a new green lid bin – from July your existing green lid garden bin will become your green lid FOGO bin and it will be collected weekly instead of fortnightly.

“You will be able to place all food waste into your green lid bin, including fruit and vegetable scraps, bread, pasta, rice, meat, bones, dairy, seafood, loose tea leaves and coffee grounds.

“We know many in Manningham are keen composters, FOGO can complement your home composting and is great for items that usually aren’t usually suitable for home compost systems, like citrus, meat, bones and dairy products,” Cr Diamante said.

FOGO is about reducing the amount of waste that is being sent to landfill and its impact on our environment. In landfill, food waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

“Going FOGO in Manningham is one of the simplest ways we can all reduce our emissions and divert up to 20,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year – while instead creating compost that will be used in gardens and farms across Victoria,” Cr Diamante said.

For more information about Manningham’s Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service, visit