Three Bin FOGO System

A new three bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system was recently rolled out to Town of Bassendean residents. The new bin system is comprised of the yellow lid Recycling bin along with a new FOGO bin with a lime-green lid, a new General Waste bin with a red lid as well as a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to collect food scraps in the kitchen.

Changing to FOGO means that food scraps, organic garden waste, and other organic waste like animal droppings and bones are collected weekly in your lime-green lid bin. The contents of the new bin are used to create a quality soil improver.

When organic waste goes to landfills it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The compost produced from the third bin can be used for improved crop yield and to replenish WA’s soil. The new three bin system will enable the Town to meet important waste reduction targets set by the WA Government for a 75% diversion of waste from landfills.

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

  • Food scraps
  • Garden waste
  • Bread
  • Dairy
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Seafood
  • Egg shells
  • Prunings
  • Leaves
  • Lawn clippings
  • Pet poo
  • Kitty litter
  • Soiled cardboard
  • Soiled newspaper
  • Soiled paper towels
  • 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:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Milk and juice cartons

These items must have lids removed, be clean, and placed loosely (not in plastic bags) in your Recycling bin.

General Waste Bin (red lid)

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

  • Soft plastics
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene and foam packaging
  • Meat trays
  • Other household waste that cannot go into your FOGO bin or your Recycling bin

The red lid General Waste bin will collect on the alternate fortnight to the Recycling bin, the waste in this bin will go to landfill.

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

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