In February 2015 the Cooma township implemented a kerbside food and garden (FOGO) organics collection service. This service complements the compost processing facility at Cooma Landfill.
The service is dedicated to collecting food and garden waste and at the time of introduction, each household was provided with a new 240-litre lime green lidded bin, which is collected fortnightly on the off recycling week.
In addition to the bin, each household also received a bench top kitchen caddy and compostable liners to help collect unavoidable food waste (fruit and vegetable peelings).
Food and garden waste make up approximately half of all household waste. Separating waste into three different categories (organics, recyclables and residual) will reduce waste going to landfill and increase recycling.
In addition, organic waste when placed in the landfill produces methane gas which has a potential environmental impact over 20 times higher than carbon dioxide. Therefore removing organic waste helps the environment and is an essential step in building a sustainable future.
Please do not pack your bin too tightly as it can become stuck and make collection difficult.
What is organic/food waste?
Organic waste is any waste that was originally from a plant or animal. This includes all food waste including tea bags and coffee grounds and unavoidable food waste (cooked or raw). It also includes green waste which is the waste produced in your garden including grass clippings, twigs, weeds, leaves and flowers.