Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)

Food organics and garden organics collection services provide a significant opportunity for councils to reduce emissions associated with waste. When food and garden waste is recycled it can reduce landfill costs and improve the environment.


Guide to introducing FOGO collection services 

MWRRG has developed a comprehensive guide to help councils design, implement and maintain a high-performing and cost-effective FOGO service. Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service – A guide for local government brings together the latest research, modelling and lessons from FOGO pioneers.

Download an interactive pdf of the guide below. 

Introducing a kerbside food and garden organics collection service - A guide for local government

Evidence based guidelines for communicating food waste recycling

Clear and effective messages and images is essential to successfully implement a food waste collection service that is well used with low rates of contamination.

MWRRG commissioned research to assess communications which encourage high levels of food waste recycling participation, compliance and satisfaction. The guidelines provide advice on communications channels, collateral types, timing and design principles, use of images, stickers and pledges.

Download the evidence-based guidelines for communications and the full food waste recycling social research below.


Research into community attitudes towards FOGO

MWRRG commissioned independent social research to explore the community’s willingness to separate and recycle food waste via their kerbside waste collection system.

The results from the research have been used as an evidence base for the guide to introducing a FOGO collection service and communications guidelines to support its implementation.

Full findings from the social research can be downloaded below.


Last updated: 20/05/2020