What is the 3-Bin FOGO system

Intro to FOGO

The new 3-bin Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) system has now been rolled out to households across the City. FOGO is the collection of food organics and garden organics which is placed in the lime green-lidded bin together to create high quality compost.

The City has moved to the new 3-bin FOGO system for several reasons including:

  • Recycling valuable nutrient rich food organics, which when combined with garden organics creates a high quality, Australian standard compost
  • Compost created from the contents of the FOGO bin can be used in parks, gardens, reserves and farms
  • Diverts food and garden organics from landfill which reduces harmful methane gas which contribute to global warming
  • It is the State Government and the Waste Authority's preferred, best practise waste approach and the only system that will meet State diversion from landfill targets of 65% by 2020 and material recovery targets of 70% by 2025
  • No additional costs for residents with an expected reduction in processing and disposal costs

While 3-bin FOGO systems have been implemented in a range of Local Governments across Australia and several Local Governments in the State’s south west, many other 3-bin systems in the Perth Metropolitan area currently only offer residents a third bin for Garden Organics (GO), excluding valuable, nutrient rich food organics. 

What is FOGO?

Check out the video to find out what FOGO is and how it works by watching this short video.

What goes in the FOGO bin

Top tip - if it didn't live or grow, it isn't FOGO

You will be supplied with a kitchen caddy and a years supply of compostable liners for all your food scraps.

The FOGO lime green-lidded bin is for the following materials:

  • All food leftovers (including meat and bones)
  • Garden organics (including grass and small prunings)

Please note this bin will be collected weekly.


Many ‘degradable’ and ‘biodegradable’ liners/bags are still partially made with plastic and break down into harmful micro-plastics.

Companies want to persuade you to buy their products, so sometimes they make their products look ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ when they’re actually not - this is called  greenwashing. Stick to the facts: liners/bags displaying these symbols and certified Australian Standard numbers are a go for FOGO!

Liners/bags made from a mixture of plant and plastic materials must be placed in your red-lidded general waste bin, as they cannot be recycled.

3-Bin FOGO Game

Test your 3-bin FOGO knowledge and see how many items you can get in the right bin.

Play against your friends and see who is the FOGO champion.


What Bins to Put Out and When

In moving to the 3-bin FOGO system, your yellow-lidded recycling and red-lidded general waste bins will now be collected fortnightly and your lime green-lidded FOGO bin will be collected weekly.

So each week you will place out your FOGO bin and either your recycling or general waste bin. 

Find out which bins to put out on what day by entering your address below:

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