Bio-Filter Lid

How effective are the biofilter lids at neutralizing odors?

The biofilter lids are highly effective at neutralizing odors. They are designed to prevent the escape of unfiltered odors by using a bio-filter system that transforms foul-smelling fermentation gases into odorless carbon dioxide and water through the action of microorganisms. This system not only eliminates odors but also reduces the formation and release of harmful fungal spores.

Are the biofilter lids easy to install and integrate into our existing systems?

Yes, the biofilter lids are easy to install and integrate into existing waste management systems. They come with a universal fixing bolt that ensures a quick and easy fit onto all common bin systems, allowing for a seamless integration without the need for an overhaul of your current setup.

How durable are these lids against weather and wear and tear?

The biofilter lids are designed to be robust and reliable, with a patent-protected design that works even in the roughest environments. The use of HD-PE (High-Density Polyethylene) and UV-stabilizer can withstand weather and wear and tear.

What kind of maintenance do these lids require?

The biofilter lids require no maintenance cost during the filter material’s 2-year lifetime, indicating low maintenance needs. After this period, it may be necessary to replace the bio-filter material to maintain effectiveness.

Can these lids handle the volume of waste our operation produces?

The biofilter lids come in various sizes (60/80 and 120 litres for small/medium bins and 240 litres for large bins), suggesting flexibility to accommodate different volumes of waste. For operations with significant waste output, assessing the appropriate lid size and possibly using multiple bins could ensure that the lids can handle the volume.

FOGO - Food Organics Garden Organics

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics. It is a waste management initiative that involves separating food and garden waste from other waste types for composting and recycling, reducing landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: EPA NSW

Why is FOGO important?

FOGO helps divert organic waste from landfills, where it decomposes anaerobically and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By composting organic waste, we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and recover valuable resources.

Source: Manningham Council

What can be placed in the FOGO bin?

You can place all food waste (including fruit and vegetable scraps, meat and bones, dairy products, and bread) and garden waste (such as leaves, grass clippings, and small branches) in your FOGO bin.

Source: Ipswich City Council

Can I put compostable plastics in the FOGO bin?

Most councils do not accept compostable plastics in FOGO bins because they do not break down in the industrial composting process at the same rate as organic waste. It’s important to check with your local council for specific guidelines.

Source: Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual

How does FOGO benefit the environment?

FOGO reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, decreases methane emissions, and produces compost that can enrich soil, improving soil health and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
Source: Dr. Anita Vandyke on Instagram

What happens to the waste collected in FOGO bins?

The organic material collected in FOGO bins is processed into compost, which is then used to enrich agricultural lands, gardens, and parks, supporting soil health and plant growth.

Source: Community Engagement on FOGO Trial

Is participation in FOGO mandatory?

Participation requirements vary by council. Some councils have made FOGO collection a standard service for all households, while others offer it as an opt-in service. Check with your local council for specific participation guidelines.

Source: Yarra Ranges Council

Does FOGO increase household waste collection costs?

While implementing FOGO may involve initial costs, it can lead to savings in waste management and landfill fees over time. Specific impacts on household waste collection costs vary by council.

Source: Sunshine Coast Council

How do I start a FOGO system at home?

Starting FOGO at home involves setting aside a separate bin for food and garden organics. Many councils provide residents with a FOGO bin and kitchen caddy for collecting food scraps. Contact your local council to get started.

Source: Port Phillip Council

Can I include pet waste in FOGO?

Generally, pet waste is not accepted in FOGO bins due to health and safety concerns. However, guidelines can vary, so it’s best to check with your local council for their specific rules.

Source: Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual

How do I prevent odors and pests in my FOGO bin?

To prevent odors and pests, wrap food scraps in newspaper or use a compostable liner, keep the lid closed, and regularly clean your bin. Some councils also recommend freezing meat and fish scraps until collection day. Best method is using the bio-filter lid from Smart Biz Oz. Ask your council!

Source: EPA NSW

What should I do if I don't have a FOGO service in my area?

If FOGO is not available in your area, consider starting a home composting system for your organic waste or contact your local council to express interest in starting a FOGO program.

Source: Have Your Say Townsville