What is the 3-Bin FOGO Trial

Intro to FOGO

In October 2017 we introduced a 3-Bin Food Organics, Garden Organic (FOGO) trial to 7,000 households across the City of Melville. FOGO is the collection of food waste and garden waste to create high quality compost. While 3-bin FOGO systems have been implemented in a range of councils across Australia and several councils in the state’s south west, all other 3-bin systems in the Perth Metropolitan area currently only offer residents a third bin for Garden Waste (GO), excluding valuable, nutrient rich food waste.

The FOGO 3-Bin system is the Waste Authority's preferred waste approach, and also assists to meet the State's target of 65% diversion from landfill by 2020. Melville have already exceeded the 2020 target with 66.5% diversion within the first six months of the trial.

What Goes in What Bin?

Check out the video to find out what goes into what bin.

FOGO Lime Green Topped Bin

  • Food leftovers
  • Garden waste
  • (Top tip - if it lived or if it grew it goes in the FOGO bin)

Rubbish Red Topped Bin

  • Polystrene and soft plastics
  • General rubbish (not food or garden waste or recycling)
  • Nappies and hygiene products

Recycling Yellow Topped Bin

  • Plastics and plastic containers
  • Glass
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Paper, cardboard and newspaper

How is the Trial Going?

The food and garden waste collected through the FOGO bins is currently processed at the Waste Composting Facility (WCF) located at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale. The trial so far has produced more than 1,200 tonnes of FOGO compost, equivalent to approximately 120 waste trucks’ full worth of material which could otherwise be rotting in landfill, producing harmful methane gas.  

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