How to FOGO

How to FOGO

Currently in Glenorchy, more than 50 per cent of our general waste collection is made up of FOGO waste (FOGO stands for Food Organic Garden Organic). This adds up to more than 4,000 tonnes of organic waste a year from Glenorchy residents.

Glenorchy's FOGO collection service started on Feb 17th 2020, with the goal of diverting all this organic waste from landfill and instead turning it into healthy compost for agricultural use. This will save landfill space and reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.


- Learn how to FOGO by watching the short videos at the bottom of this page;

- or read our FOGO FAQs for answers to common questions;

- or download our All About FOGO leaflet, FOGO Top Tips, or our handy YES/NO FOGO guide; or

- watch our Public Info Session on YouTube (with Auslan translation).

- Want to raise awareness of FOGO? Download our poster!

- HOW TO FOGO information is available in 11 languages, please click here for printable guides

FOGO is part of Glenorchy's Waste Management Strategy, which has three key goals:

  1. To promote the sustainable management of resources;
  2. To provide convenient and affordable waste services that meet the needs of the community;
  3. To minimise negative impacts of waste on the natural and built environments.

To learn how FOGO achieves all of these objectives, please read our FOGO FAQs.


We encourage everyone to recycle their food waste and garden waste in their FOGO bin - not only does it make good compost for farmers, but it also helps reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. FOGO is an easy way to make a big difference, and your organic waste in a FOGO bin, no matter how small, will help. But we recognise that some people may not need or be able to use the FOGO service. There are FOGO Exemptions available for dedicated home composters who manage all their own organic waste, and for those who have exceptional or unusual circumstances - please read this document if you feel this may apply to you.

You can apply for a FOGO exemption by downloading the paper application form here, or by contacting Council and asking for a paper version to be mailed to you. Please note that Exemptions apply for two years, and that you will need to provide original photographs to demonstrate how your property qualifies for an exemption.