Three Bin FOGO System

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 wasteservices@bassendean.wa.gov.au

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?

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 & dairy
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Meat, bones & seafood
  • Prunings & leaves
  • Dog poo, kitty litter, 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:

  • Soft plastics (otherwise taken to a Redcycle collection point)
  • Nappies
  • Hygiene products
  • Polystyrene and foam packaging

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

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

Household batteries, globes, mobile phones, spectacles and Nespresso coffee pods can be recycled by taking them to the Bassendean Memorial Library.

Residents can take the following items to the Baywaste Transfer Station to be safely disposed of free of charge:

  • Car batteries
  • Waste oil (up to 20 Litres)
  • E-waste (televisions, computers, and peripherals)
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean, flattened cardboard
  • Polystyrene
  • Aerosol cans (empty only)

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

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

Recycling & Waste Calendar PDF

Three Bin FOGO System FAQs