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Your FOGO bin has a lime green lid. It is collected each week on the same day as your recycling bin. Find your bin day

Common contaminants 

If your FOGO bin contains items that cannot be composted, it could result in the entire truckload being sent to landfill. Achieve the best environmental outcome by preventing contamination.

These are the top 7 items that can contaminate your FOGO bin. 

  1. plastics
  2. food packaging
  3. nappies (including compostable types)
  4. pet waste and kitty litter
  5. glass
  6. tin cans and metal
  7. concrete and bricks

What we collect

We collect most food and garden waste. 

Food waste 

We collect most food waste, including:

  • fruit and vegetables - cooked or raw
  • meat and fish - cooked or raw (excluding cooked bones and shellfish shells)
  • dairy products
  • eggs and egg shells
  • bread and cakes
  • rice and pasta 
  • loose tea leaves and coffee grounds (excluding tea bags and coffee pods)
  • spoiled food

Garden waste 

We collect most garden waste, for example:

  • lawn clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings
  • twigs and branches up to 75mm in diameter, cut to fit in the bin

Please keep garden waste loose and not bagged.

Paper waste

Clean and dry paper and cardboard should go into your recycling bin. You can place most soiled cardboard and paper waste into the FOGO bin, including: 

  • newspaper
  • tissues
  • wet and oily paper or cardboard

Download list of items accepted in your FOGO bin

How to put your bin out

    Please put your bin out the night before your collection day:

    • on the naturestrip
    • close to your driveway
    • clear of all obstacles, such as trees, poles and parked cars
    • with the bin handle facing your property.

    Avoiding bin smells 

    Our top tips for avoiding smells in your FOGO bin and caddy:

    • Keep your FOGO bin in the shade.
    • Don't overfill your bin or caddy so that the lid remains securely closed.
    • Tie a knot at the top of your compostable caddy liners to contain your food waste before placing it in the bin.
    • Wrap food waste in a layer of used paper towel or newspaper.
    • Wash your caddy regularly using detergent or eucalyptus oil, or in the dishwasher.
    • Sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) in your caddy and FOGO bin to absorb smells. Note: please don’t use any synthetic bin freshener powders or sprays. 
    • Layer food waste between lawn clippings, garden prunings or other garden waste.

    Approved compostable caddy liners

    The organics processing facility only accepts the use of Council-approved compostable liners. They do not accept any other types of liners or plastic bags, even if they are labelled compostable or biodegradable. These items can contaminate the entire truck load of FOGO material, resulting in the entire load being sent to landfill. 

    When you commence FOGO, we will provide each household with a one year supply (150) of approved caddy liners when we deliver your kitchen caddy. This equates to using 2-3 liners per week.

    Our caddy liners are made from 100 per cent corn starch. 

    Details on how to get more liners will be provided by December 2020.

    Larger caddy liners

    Larger food waste liners can be used provided they meet the following mandatory requirements: 

    • Lime green in colour
    • Display both the AS4736 and AS5810 symbols. 

    Caddy liner alternatives

    You can use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy or wrap food waste.

    Order a second or larger FOGO bin

    If you need more space in your FOGO bin, you can:

    • Upsize your 120 litre bin to a 240 litre bin. There is a one-off $129.50 fee.
    • Order a second 240 litre FOGO bin. There is a one-off $129.50 fee.

    Download the form below and return it to us. 

    Bin collection on public holidays

    Bins are collected as usual on all public holidays, except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. An alternative collection day will be advertised prior to these days.

    More information

    To learn more about how our FOGO collection works, see our FOGO information page.

    For more information, contact our Customer Service team on 9278 4444 or at [email protected].

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