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Wollongong City Council


FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics.

In late 2020, we rolled out a new FOGO service using your existing green bin. If you haven't received your FOGO caddy and starter kit, please contact Wollongong Waste.

Your green bin can now be used for all food waste and garden organics, which we'll reprocess into quality compost. This will help the environment by sending less waste to landfill and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Food scraps make up about 40% of waste in our city's household red bins. By using FOGO, we can recover and reuse this waste, and save about 150kg per household from going to landfill.

Please only use the compostable bags supplied by Council, or ones displaying the AS 4736 code and seedling logo. These can be found at most supermarkets.

Read the FOGO page on the Wollongong Waste website to find out more about this new system.

Extra green waste

You can take extra garden waste to our Waste Depot at Whyte's Gully, including:

  • grass clippings and leaves
  • prunings and twigs
  • untreaded timber (no painted or manufactured wood, such as MDF)
  • small branches less than 150mm in diameter.

Fees apply. Tell the weighbridge staff that you have green waste, and they'll direct you to the drop off area.

Home composting and worm farms

If you'd like to set up a home compost or worm farm as well as (or instead of) using FOGO, see our Compost and Organic Waste page for details.