FOGO, Recycling and General Waste Bins

The kerbside bin system provided to residents and businesses in the Town of Bassendean is the three bin FOGO system for separating food and garden organics from co-mingled recycling and landfill waste.

This bin system is comprised of a lime-green lid FOGO bin, a red lid general waste bin and a yellow lid recycling bin. Properties with a waste service also receive a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to collect food scraps in the kitchen. If you have recently moved to the Town of Bassendean and do not have a kitchen caddy please contact

Using the FOGO system means that food scraps (including meat, bones, dairy, egg shells), and organic garden waste are collected weekly in your lime-green lid bin. The contents of the new bin are used to create a quality soil improver, so it is really important to keep any other waste; such as glass, plastic and metal out of this bin.

Since introducing the three bin FOGO system the Town's kerbside diversion rate has increased from 16% to 67%. This means that 50% more waste from the kerbside bins is now being recovered and diverted from landfill.

What goes in each bin?

See the Town's Waste & Recycling Guide for the kerbside collection schedule for your area.

Need to know when to put your bins out? Head over to our Find Your Bin Collection Day page to find out.

FOGO Bin (lime green lid)

If it didn’t live or grow, it’s not FOGO. Only the items listed below, as well as the compostable liners supplied to you with your caddy, should ever go into your FOGO bin

  • Bread and dairy
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, bones and seafood
  • Prunings and leaves
  • Paper towel, serviettes & tissues

The lime green lid FOGO bin will be collected weekly.

Recycling Bin (yellow lid)

The following items can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars (clean and empty)
  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Plastic bottles and containers (clean, empty, no lids)
  • Steel and aluminium cans

General Waste Bin (red lid)

The following items can be placed in your red lid General Waste bin:

  • General household waste
  • Soft plastics
  • Nappies and hygiene products
  • Polystyrene and foam packaging

Recycling & Waste Calendar PDF

Three Bin FOGO System FAQs


Items that should not be placed in any bin!

There are some household waste items that should not go in any of the bins. These include:

  • Hot ash
  • Liquids e.g., cooking oil
  • Batteries – vehicle and household
  • Construction waste e.g. bricks, concrete, sand, soil or similar
  • All CFL or mercury based light bulbs/ tubes
  • Other types of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) e.g., mechanical oil, paint, solvents

Where can they go?

The Town currently offers drop off points for the following items at the Customer Service Centre and at the Bassendean Memorial Library:

  • Mobile Phones (Customer Service only)
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Batteries - household
  • Nespresso Pods
  • Writing instruments
  • X-rays
  • Printer cartridges

The EMRC Baywaste Transfer Station is located at 271 Collier Road, Bayswater.

The following items can be accepted free of charge for residents of Bassendean (please bring Photo ID):

  • E-waste (TVs, computers and IT equipment only)
  • Metal
  • Cardboard
  • Polystyrene
  • Aerosols cans (empty)
  • Engine Oil and Waste Oil (up to 20 litres)
  • Lead Acid batteries (car batteries)

    For an A-Z guide on how to dispose of items that shouldn’t go into any of your bins visit Recycle Right

    Recycle Right

    Reuse, Repair, Gifting and Drop Off Points