Sunday, May 26, 2024

Rockhampton to extend FOGO trial

QUEENSLAND

Rockhampton Regional Council has endorsed an option for local Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial participants to continue to receive the service beyond the trial closing date of 30 September.

Waste and Recycling Councillor, Shane Latcham said the move was another step in the right direction toward Council’s Zero Waste by 2050 target.

“Overall, we have been very pleased at how the community in those trial areas have adapted to this new service,” Cr Latcham said.

“The results of a mid-trial survey conducted in June this year showed that 84% of the 144 respondents supported a continuation of the organics service.”

He said 63% of survey respondents were in favour of a compulsory continuation of the service.

“What Council has endorsed today, is an option for participants to opt in for the continuation of their FOGO service or return to a two-bin system.”

“Continuing this service for our current participants would come a cost to Council of just over $36,000 per year.

“A business case is currently being prepared in support of a community wide roll-out of the FOGO service, but this is not likely to occur before mid-2024.

“So, while this work is being done, we think this is a wise investment in a cohort of the community who have demonstrated their willingness to adapt to change, and may champion a future community-wide roll out.”

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