FOGO masterclass series
The NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WaSM) introduced new requirements for councils to provide food and garden organics (FOGO) collections to all NSW households by 2030.
To support councils to roll out FOGO services we have developed a series of masterclasses covering the delivery of FOGO services. Australian and international speakers will share their experiences on delivering FOGO.
Recordings of the classes and related resources can be accessed from the tabs below.
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Laying the foundations
Planning your service roll out for smoother FOGO transition. This masterclass highlights the key stages of a FOGO service business plan, providing information around important topics to consider through the planning stages.
- Rod Carr, Director, Marden Jacobs
- Katherine Driscoll, Principal, Impact Environmental Consulting
Contracts and procurement
A FOGO service may be contracted out, either partially or entirely, to your preferred service provider. Here, we focus on procurement considerations specific to FOGO collection and/or processing contracts.
- Loren Tunbridge, Contract Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City Council
- Peter Wadewitz, Director, Peats Soils
Educating for success
Securing buy in from your community is key to a successful FOGO service. In this masterclass we’ll discuss resources and where to find support, and how you can use education to drive behaviour change within the community, leading to increased participation and a clean FOGO stream.
- Libby Eustance, Manager Communications & Education, WMRC
- Jenni Macklin, Research Fellow, Behaviour Works
The roll out
Now the planning and procurement are done, what does the actual roll out look like? This masterclass will familiarise you with the on-the-ground activities involved in implementing FOGO in your community.
- Marco Ricci, Sustainability Expert, Italy
- Lisa Hack, Principal Advisor, Insight Waste and Resources Advisory Limited, New Zealand
- George Fietje, Principal Advisor, Insight Waste and Resources Advisory Limited, New Zealand
Turning FOGO into compost is just one incredible way of handling this nutrient-rich material. Here, we deep dive into the exciting, innovative, well known and emerging organics processing options for FOGO. We’ll also touch upon important considerations when choosing the right fit for your community.
- Matthew Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, USA
- Olympia Yarger, CEO, Goterra
Completing the cycle
FOGO services are more than just a way of diverting organics from landfill, they’re about reducing emissions and driving a circular economy for our communities. In our final masterclass, we’ll open the door to a range of organics market opportunities, and you’ll leave with a wealth of information and research on organics markets, including bringing it back into your community.
- Ben van Delden, Partner, Management Consulting, Head of AgriFood Tech and Circular Economy Advisory, KPMG
- Steve Leisk, Oxenthorpe and Norah Creek Pastoral Co
- NSW Guide to food waste recovery in multi-unit dwellings (PDF 5MB)
- Better Practice FOGO services - A step by step guide, Waste Authority WA
- Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual and factsheets, DCCEEW
- Household food waste collection guide WRAP UK
Data and reports
- Report: Analysis of NSW Green Lid Bin Audit Data Report 2020 (PDF 2.3MB)
- Report: Community Nappy Trial, Lake Macquarie City Council 2014 (PDF 7MB) – see document library section of webpage
- Report: Review of International Food Waste Collection Systems in MUDs (PDF 1.75MB)
- Compost Facility Management training (you will need a free account - create an account)
- Composting for professionals video
Other related resources
- Manual: Carbon Credit income from FOGO (PDF 1.4MB)
- Factsheet: Carbon Credit income from FOGO (PDF 240KB)
- Fact sheets: Emissions impacts of food waste recovery technologies
- Website: Love Food Hate Waste
Our FOGO page also contains links to a range of information and resource relating to FOGO.