In-line with council’s new Resource Recovery Strategy council is running a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) trial for selected households in Bellbird Park and Raceview.

The FOGO trial will run for 12 months starting in September 2021.

Households selected to participate in the FOGO trial will receive information in the mail during July and August.

Not in the FOGO trial? Find out how you can get a FOGO bin.

FOGO is coming for everyone in Ipswich, but first we need to run a trial to see what works and what doesn’t work.

For more information on the FOGO trial email us at or call council on (07) 3810 6666

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics and is a kerbside bin where you can put all your food scraps and garden waste. The organic waste is collected and turned into compost at a local composting facility. This compost is then used to improve soil quality and grow more food - closing the loop on organic waste in Ipswich.


Did you know that in Ipswich last year almost 30% or 15,500 tonnes of General Waste (red bin) material was organic matter suitable for composting?

In landfill food and garden waste creates harmful greenhouse gases. We can prevent this material going to landfill by putting it in the FOGO bin. Together we can turn valuable food and garden waste into compost that can be used for green spaces in Ipswich.

FOGO is a convenient kerbside organics composting system, planned to be rolled out city-wide in 2023-2024.

By going FOGO:

  • we can reduce organic waste to landfill
  • increase organics recycling
  • reduce disposal costs
  • mitigate the impact of the Waste Levy Rebate removal to ratepayers
  • provide a significant positive environmental outcome through closing the loop on organic waste

Why is council running a FOGO trial?

Did you know there are more than 70 councils across Australia which provide a FOGO service to their residents?

In preparation for a city-wide FOGO rollout, council are running a FOGO trial.

Why were the areas in Bellbird Park and Raceview selected for the trial?

The trial areas were chosen for logistical reasons, with these areas having the ability to cut bin collection routes. The areas represent an average contamination rate for recycling in Ipswich.