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Residential Bins

Find out all about residential bin collections, including when your bins are collected, what to put in each bin, public holiday bin collections, your Waste and Recycling Calendar and Frequently Asked Questions.

Find Your Bin Days

Enter your address in the box below to find out your next FOGO, general waste and recycling bin collection dates, or download the 2021-2022 Waste Calendar (PDF)

Find Your Bin and Verge Collection Dates

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Public Holidays Bin Collections

For all public holidays in 2022, there are no changes to your bin collection dates.

Types of Bins and What Goes in What Bin

We use the FOGO 3-bin system in the City of Melville. This system is the State Government and Waste Authority's best practice 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.

All individual households and most units and apartments (except for some units and apartments) are provided with:

  • A red-lidded bin for general waste
  • A yellow-lidded bin for recycling materials
  • A lime green-lidded bin for food organics and garden organics (FOGO bin)

FOGO bins are collected weekly, while recycling bins and general waste bins are collected fortnightly on alternate weeks.

View a basic list of what goes in what bin. This is also available in:

For a detailed list or to search for a specific item or material, use the A-Z guide on the Recycle Right website.

Items That Should Not Be Placed in Your Bins

Some items are hazardous and should not be placed in any of your bins, including:

  • Aerosols / spray cans
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Electronic waste
  • Flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas bottles
  • Light globes and fluorescent tubes
  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Printer ink cartridges

Find out how and where to dispose of these items on our Waste Items for Drop Off page

Requesting a Bigger General Waste, Recycling or FOGO Bin

If you are having capacity problems you can request a bigger recycling or general waste bin, free of charge. We do not offer bigger FOGO bins.

To request a larger recycling bin, fill in our online form. If you have the larger bin and still need extra space, you can pay for an extra recycling bin. See our Schedule of Fees and Charges for current costs. You can request an additional recycling bin by filling in our online form.

Before we will upgrade your general waste bin, we need to conduct a bin audit. The purpose of this audit is to check that you are placing the right items in the red bin and that the additional size is required. If you are placing items in your red bin that should go in your recycling or FOGO bin, you will not be able to receive the larger general waste bin. To request a general waste bin audit, contact us. Alternatively, you can pay for another general waste bin. See our Schedule of Fees and Charges for current costs and fill in our online form to request another bin.

Although we do not offer larger FOGO bins, you can pay for an extra FOGO bin. See our Schedule of Fees and Charges for current costs. You can request another FOGO bin by filling in our online form.

Broken, Damaged or Stolen Bins

Use the below links to request bin repairs or to report broken or stolen bins:

What to Do If We Don’t Pick Up Your Bin

If we haven’t picked up your bin, it may be because it was contaminated with the wrong materials, it was too heavy, or it was put in a location where the truck was unable to access it. If this is the case, we will leave a sticker on your bin and a letter in your mailbox letting you know why we were unable to collect it.

If we haven’t picked up your bin by 2.30pm on your scheduled bin day and no sticker or letter has been left, we may have accidently missed your bin. If so, please fill in our online form and we will empty your bin within 3 working days.

Bulk Waste and Garden Organics Verge Collections

For information about your verge collections, visit our Bulk Verge Collections page.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

For information about compostable kitchen caddy liners, visit our Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners page.

Waste and Recycling Calendar

Every year we post a waste and recycling calendar to all residential households in the City of Melville.

This calendar contains your compostable kitchen caddy liner tokens as well as your bin and verge collection dates and an A-Z guide of what goes in what bin.

Download the 2021-2022 Waste and Recycling Calendar

FOGO, General Waste and Recycling Fees and Charges

Your rates include a waste service charge for a weekly FOGO bin collection and fortnightly general waste and recycling bin collections. If you need additional bins or collections, you will have to pay extra.

For current fees and charges, download the Schedule of Fees and Charges. These fees and charges are reviewed and updated every year as part of the budget process.

Containers for Change

Containers for Change is a state-wide container deposit scheme where you can cash in eligible containers for 10 cents each when they are returned to an approved refund point. The scheme encourages recycling, reduces litter, reduces waste to landfill, creates employment opportunities and provides fundraising opportunities for schools, sporting clubs, community groups and charities.

For more information, visit the Containers for Change website

Frequently Asked Questions

Circumstances make it difficult for me or someone I care for to separate waste properly. Are alternative services available?

We understand residents may require alternative or special services. Please contact us to discuss what tailored solutions we can provide.

I don’t have enough space in my bin, can I request a larger size?

See ‘Requesting a Bigger General Waste, Recycling or FOGO Bin’ above.

Do my bins have a weight limit?

All 240L and 360L bins have a maximum weight limit of 70kg each. Your 140L red-lidded general waste bin has a maximum weight limit of 65kg.

I live on a small block and don’t have enough room to store three bins on my property. What can I do?

Please contact us to arrange a site visit from member of our waste team. They will work with you to help find a solution.

I live in a unit or apartment complex, why don’t we have the 3-bin FOGO system yet?

We are gradually transitioning units and apartment complexes to the 3-Bin FOGO system. We will notify affected properties when the change is about to take place.

Is the 3-bin FOGO system being rolled out to businesses?

At this stage, the 3-Bin FOGO system is only available for residential properties. We are currently investigating the possibility of offering the system to local businesses.

My general waste bin is smelly and is attracting insects. What can I do?
  • Do not put any food in the general waste bin
  • Rinse any dirty items, like meat packaging, before putting it in bin
  • Empty the contents of nappies into the toilet before disposal
  • Wrap nappies and other hygiene products tightly in a nappy sack or plastic bag before placing it in the bin
  • Keep your bins in the shade with the bin lids tightly closed
  • Squeeze excess air out of bin liners and tie off tightly before placing the bag in the bin
  • Try sprinkling baking soda, kitty litter, vinegar, oil of cloves or lemon juice into the bin after it has been emptied 
  • Try using a deodoriser in the bin - available from most hardware stores
  • Clean your bin regularly with hot soapy water 
  • Spray insect surface spray around the inside of the bin and lid to deter pests
My FOGO kitchen caddy is smelly and attracting insects. What can I do?
  • Empty the kitchen caddy into the FOGO bin frequently. Even if your household is not producing a lot of food waste, it is still recommended to empty the caddy every two or three days.
  • Place newspaper or paper towel at the bottom of the kitchen caddy to absorb moisture
  • Keep your kitchen caddy in the fridge
  • Wrap and place any odorous food scraps such as seafood shells in the freezer until collection day
  • Keep the lid of the caddy tightly closed when not in use and store out of direct sunlight
My FOGO bin is smelly and is attracting insects. What can I do?
  • Put your FOGO bin out for collection every week, even if it’s not full
  • Dirty cardboard/paper (e.g. pizza boxes, paper towel, tissues, shredded paper, newspaper) and garden organics in the bottom of your FOGO bin help to absorb liquids and prevent waste sticking to the inside of your bin. If you’re putting cardboard in the FOGO bin, please make sure you remove any sticky tape
  • Wrap and place any odorous food scraps such as seafood shells in the freezer until collection day
  • Keep your bins in the shade with the bin lids tightly closed
  • Where possible, allow lawn clippings and garden cuttings to dry out before going in the bin, and cut garden waste to size so the lid can be closed. There is a weight limit of 70kg on FOGO bins and overfull bins may not be collected
  • Try sprinkling baking soda, kitty litter, vinegar, oil of cloves or lemon juice into the bin after it has been emptied 
  • Clean your bin regularly with hot soapy water
  • Try using a deodoriser in the bin - available from most hardware stores

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