Canberra Networking Breakfast

8:00am Thursday, 7 April 2022
10:00am Thursday, 7 April 2022
The National Arboretum - Margaret Whitlam Pavilion
Forest Drive off Tuggeranong Parkway
Molonglo Valley , Australian Capital Territory 2611

The beautiful Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at the National Arboretum will host our Canberra networking breakfast which will explore the successes and challenges of the ACT’s current FOGO pilot.

In the ACT, roughly one-third of household rubbish bins is food with around 26,000 tonnes of food waste going to Canberra’s landfill each year. The FOGO rollout has the potential to reduce Canberra’s waste emissions by up to 30 per cent, and recent surveys indicating that 92 per cent of Canberrans support a fully-fledged FOGO collection service.

On 22 November 2021, the ACT Government commenced their trial FOGO collection service with the pilot suburbs of Belconnen, Bruce, Cook and Macquarie receiving a weekly FOGO service with general rubbish moved to a fortnightly collection. The pilot aims to better understand contamination rates and how a FOGO collection service can be implemented successfully across individual households and multi-unit developments before being rolled out to the rest of Canberra in 2023.

AORA’s panel led discussion session will be facilitated by Christopher Malan (Cleanaway) and include key representatives from government, consultancy and industry to share their insights and key learnings from the experience so far:

·       Margaret Kitchin- Program Director, Services, Strategic Coordination & Planning, ACT NoWaste

·       Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting

·       Owen Bolitho - Horticultural Manager, National Arboretum Canberra and Stromlo Forest Park

·       Corkhill Bros - FOGO processor (subcontracted under the ACT FOGO collections contract)


This event has limited capacity, so tickets are essential:

$42 + GST for members 

$70 + GST for non-members 


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Lisa Lepore

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