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 yellow lid recycling bin and a red lid general waste 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 [email protected]

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.

Waste and Recyling Guide

Waste and Recycling Guide - DIGITAL PDF

Waste and Recycling Guide - PRINTABLE VERSION

What goes in each bin?

See the Town's annual 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.

Three Bin FOGO System FAQs

FOGO Bin (lime-green lid)

RECYCLING Bin (yellow lid)

GENERAL WASTE Bin (red lid)

If it didn't live or grow, it's not FOGO! Only compostable items and liners with the seedling logo should be placed in this bin.

• Compostable bin-liners

• Food scraps

• Tea and coffee

• Bones and peels

• Greenwaste

Place all items loose in the bin. Flatten cardboard, rinse containers and remove the lids.

• Steel and Aluminium cans

• Cardboard (flattened)

• Glass bottles and jars

• Paper

• Plastic bottles

General household waste items are to be placed in this bin. They will go to landfill.

• Soft plastics and polystyrene

• Silver-lined cartons

• Disposable cups and lids

• Damaged clothing and other items

• Nappies and sanitary products

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:

Item Where can they go?

Hot ash

Store ashes in a METAL container until they have completely cooled. Once cooled, place them in a combustible container like a box or bag and place them in the Red General Waste bin.

Liquids e.g., cooking oil

Small amounts of cooking oil and organic liquids can be placed in your FOGO bin if they are mixed/absorbed with paper towel and food waste.

For larger quantities find a drop-off location here:

Cooking Oil Disposal in Perth - Planet Ark Recycling Near You

Batteries – vehicle and household

Household Batteries - Take to the nearest B-Cycle collection point:

Find a B-cycle Drop off point

Car Batteries - Can be taken to EMRC Baywaste at 271 Collier Road

Construction waste e.g. bricks, concrete, sand, soil or similar

Can be taken to the Red Hill Waste Management Facility at 1094 Toodyay Road

Alternatively, book a private skip bin or construction and demolition waste removal service

All CFL or mercury based light bulbs/ tubes

Can be taken to the collection service at the Town of Bassendean Customer Service (35 Old Perth Road) or at the Bassendean Memorial Library (46 Old Perth Road)

Other types of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) e.g., mechanical oil, paint, solvents

Please visit a HHW Collection Facility:

Household Hazardous Waste

What about other drop-off locations?

The Town currently offers drop off points at the Customer Service Centre and at the Bassendean Memorial Library. For a full list of items and their drop off locations, visit:

    Reuse, Repair, Gifting and Drop Off Points

      How do I dispose of items that can't go in my bin?

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

      Recycle Right