View the results from our community survey.
In late 2021 and early 2022, City of Parramatta Council invited community feedback regarding the introduction of a Food and Garden Organic waste collection service.
The survey concluded at 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated.
On Monday 22 August 2022, Council was presented the survey and workshop results for consideration.
Council resolved to approve ‘Service Option 3’ to be specified in the future waste services tender. Service Option 3 is as follows:
This service option is anticipated to commence in 2024, when Council's waste contracts renew.
To view the options presented in the survey, please see Resources and Frequently Asked Questions.
The reasons for supporting Option 3 were:
Councillors also discussed:
Food Organics and Garden Organics include meat, bones, bread and dairy scraps as well fruit and vegetable waste.
All of this can be recycled, rather than sent to landfill.
For this reason, Council is proposing to change the way your waste is currently collected - a proposal that has now been endorsed.
The overall bin capacity is not reduced.
Below are some interesting facts and frequently asked questions (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Learn about the impact of food waste and reducing the amount of food going to landfill here.
Learn about waste reduction programs here.
Learn about the nappy and sanitary rebate program here. (Please note this program has been fully expended. Council is seeking an extension so stay in touch for updates).
Food waste must be placed in the red-lidded bin until the end of Council’s current waste contract in November 2024.
Before the new FOGO service rolls out, Council will provide households with kitchen caddies and biodegradable bags, along with education and support.
Almost half of the waste in our red-lidded general waste bin is food waste. When food waste is sent to landfill, it degrades and generates harmful greenhouse gases.
Food and garden organics are a valuable resource. If collected and processed appropriately, it can be turned into compost that can be used in parks, sportsfields, and farms.
The NSW government has set the target for all households in NSW to have a food waste collection service by 2030. With Council’s waste contracts ending in 2024, now is the perfect time for us to start planning for our future waste services so that they can deliver great outcomes for our environment, and our community.
Food waste degrades in landfills and produces harmful greenhouse gases.
Introduction of the new FOGO service will mean food waste will be placed into the 240L green-lidded garden organics bin and collected weekly.
There are a number of benefits to collecting food and garden organics separately to the general waste.
Council has endorsed the option for a 240L weekly FOGO bin; a 240L fortnightly yellow-lidded bin; and an 80L weekly red-lidded bin for general waste.
The current service provides a 140 litre red-bin for general household waste collected weekly; a 240 litre yellow bin collected fortnightly and a 240 litre green bin for garden waste collected fortnightly. The current cost for collection and disposal is $349.49 with a potential diversion from landfill of 58%.
Council intends to roll out bins as part of the new waste service to all households.
Council is exploring options to introduce food and organics collections for all housing types. The number of bins and frequency of collection will depend on the size /density of the complex and space available to store bins.
With food waste moving into the green lidded bin with your garden waste, the collection of these bins (the FOGO bins) will become weekly when the new contract comes into effect (after November 2024).
Modelling of the different options based on current charge rates for collection and processing of landfill and organics* indicate that the introduction of a food and organics (FOGO) service will cost less than continuing to send our food waste to landfill.
*as of December 2021
Council's decision means the general waste bin (red lid) will change from 140L to a 80L bin collected every week.
While this would ultimately be up to the successful tenderer, most FOGO processors accept all food items such as fruit and vegetable scraps, meat products, bread, pasta, rice, dairy products, tea and coffee grounds, as well as small bones and shellfish.
The green-lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) can be used for items that you might not currently compost, such as dairy, bones, meat/fish scraps and weeds.
With the introduction of a food and organics (FOGO) service, you will actually receive double the capacity in the green lidded bin over the period of a fortnight, as the green-lidded FOGO bin would now be collected weekly instead of fortnightly.
If you need assistance, or you would you like information in another language or format, please contact the Waste Team via 1300 617 058 or email@example.com.
If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.
市议会致力于确保每个人都能获得所需要的信息。如果您需要以其它语言或格式获取信息，请致电 1300 617 058 或发送电邮至 firstname.lastname@example.org
如果您希望以其它语言进行电话交谈，请致电 131 450 联系 TIS 全国服务中心获取免费传译服务。告诉他们您想与 Parramatta 市议会通话和您选用的语言，他们就会为您接通。
काउंसिल यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है कि सभी लोगों को अपनी ज़रूरत की जानकारी सुलभ हो। अगर आप किसी अन्य भाषा या फॉर्मेट में जानकारी चाहते/चाहती हैं, तो कृपया 1300 617 058 पर कॉल करें या email@example.com पर ईमेल भेजें
अगर आप फ़ोन पर किसी अन्य भाषा में बात करना चाहते/चाहती हैं, तो निःशुल्क दुभाषिया सेवा के लिए 131 450 पर TIS National को कॉल करें। उन्हें बताएं कि आप सिटी ऑफ़ पैरामाटा काउंसिल से अपनी चुनी हुई भाषा में बात करना चाहते/चाहती हैं और वे आपको कनेक्ट करेंगे।
카운슬은 모든 사람이 필요한 정보를 이용할 수 있도록 최선을 다해 지원합니다. 다른 언어나 형식으로 된 정보를 원하시면‚ 전화 1300 617 058번 또는 이메일 firstname.lastname@example.org로 연락하십시오.
다른 언어로 전화 문의를 원하시면, 통번역 서비스(TIS National) 전화 131 450번으로 연락해 무료 통역을 이용하십시오. 파라마타 시 카운슬과 통화를 원한다고 말하고 해당 언어를 선택하시면 연결됩니다.
يلتزم المجلس بالتأكد من إمكانية وصول الجميع إلى المعلومات التي
يحتاجونها. إذا كنت ترغب في الحصول على معلومات بلغة أخرى أو نسق
آخر، يُرجى الاتصال على الرقم 1300617058 أو إرسال رسالة إلى
TIS National اتصل بـ
للحصول على خدمة ترجمة
مجانية. اخبرهم بأنك تريد التحدث إلى مجلس مدينة باراماتا وحدِّد لهم لغتك
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The City of Parramatta and Harvest are subject to the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. These Acts give people some control over the personal information they provide to an agency and the right to know how it will be used.
What is personal information?
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“Participate Parramatta” uses social media sites to share and promote information resources and services. The City of Parramatta abides by the privacy policies and terms of service of third-party social media providers we use. We will not share personal information when we post to social media. We remind users to be mindful not to post any personal information that they do not wish to be made public, and to seek consent before posting the personal information of others.
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“Participate Parramatta” will only collect personal information which you provide to us and will only use it for the purposes for which it was collected. We keep the collection and retention of personal information to the minimum required to support our functions. The provision of personal information is voluntary; however, some services are only available to registered users or where certain information is provided.
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Anonymous information is also collected for statistical purposes, to monitor usage of our site and services, and to gather information to help us see how we can make future improvements.
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Our third-party partners may provide “Participate Parramatta” with your contact details if required to resolve any service issues. Non-identifiable data will also be used by Harvest for analytical purposes.
The provision of personal information to third-party providers is voluntary, however some services can only be made available to identified users.
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The City of Parramatta uses the third party community engagement platform owned by Harvest to handle registrations and logins on “Participate Parramatta”. This platform allows for limited profile sharing across the website. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn).
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We collect your feedback to understand your views on projects, which shape the City. Providing personal details is required for feedback forms and submissions. Any information you choose to give us is used to understand community views and to inform decision-making. Information such as ideas and views on projects may be released under the Government Information Public Access Act (GIPA) that is de-personalised.
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An individual must give consent for the use of their photograph or video image for an event. If consent is not provided no identifiable, photos or videos footage of you are taken.
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For security reasons, Harvest also uses some visitor data to detect and respond to criminal activity. We use software programs to monitor network traffic and identify unauthorised attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to our organisation.
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Any personal information collected by the City of Parramatta through this website will only be used for the purpose for which it has been collected, which includes to properly consider your feedback and submissions and to communicate with you further about these matters, if required.
The City of Parramatta will only publish personal information on the website if it has been collected for this purpose with your knowledge and consent.
Any personal information collected can be accessed by you and may also be available to third parties in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, Council's Access to Information Policy and Privacy Management Plan.
You may contact City of Parramatta at 126 Church Street, Parramatta to access to, and correct, any personal information you have provided. Enquiries concerning this matter can be addressed to City of Parramatta’s Privacy Contact Officer, by contacting City of Parramatta on 1300 617 058. City of Parramatta’s offices are located at 126 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150.
Except for when required by law, the City of Parramatta will not disclose your personal information to any third party unless you have authorised us to do so. Under no circumstances will the City of Parramatta sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.
City of Parramatta is subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA). Applications to access information are considered under (GIPA) in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.
Personal information may be disclosed under services contracts entered into by the City of Parramatta as a service provider in connection with the specific customer service provisions of “Participate Parramatta”.
Access to aggregated website data is restricted to a limited number of authorised staff who analyse and report on the success of the website in order to meet the City of Parramatta’s communication and access objectives. In the event of an external investigation, a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the “Participate Parramatta” logs.
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The City of Parramatta will take reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. Should you wish to access or amend this information, please contact email@example.com.
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Further information on NSW privacy law can be found at the NSW Information and Privacy Commission website.
This Statement is regularly reviewed and updated.
Date of last revision: September 2021
The following Terms and Conditions govern the use of Participate Parramatta (“the site”). The software platform is owned by Harvest Digital Planning Pty Ltd (Harvest) and operated by us, the City of Parramatta Council.
What are the conditions with a user’s account?
We are not responsible for the content on the site that has been provided by the users of the site. Any content posted by you is subject to the rules of our Moderation Policy. Your contribution to the site may be edited, removed or not published if we consider it inappropriate (refer to Moderation Policy). Contributors should also be aware that their posts may remain online indefinitely. Where practical, you may choose not to identify yourself, deal with us on an anonymous basis or use a pseudonym.
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You must understand and agree that, without limitation:
Can your account be suspended or terminated?
We may terminate or suspend access to your site and/or account immediately, without prior notice, including without limitation if you breach the Terms. We may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all the related files and information in your account. After your account has been terminated, the content you have posted may also remain indefinitely on the site.
If you want to terminate your own account, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The City of Parramatta Council, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors and other partners are not responsible for any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising from a breach of this agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.
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