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Please leave your green waste bin out until 5pm on your collection day so we can change your bin lid in preparation for FOGO. More details.

FOGO bin collections will start for most residents from 4 May 2020. You can start adding food waste with your garden waste from 27 April.

How FOGO works

  • You can put food waste and garden waste into the FOGO bin.
  • Your FOGO bin will be collected weekly.
  • We will provide a one year supply of caddy liners.
  • To collect food waste, use the kitchen caddy we provide or source your own container. When it is full, empty it into your FOGO bin.
  • Put loose garden waste straight into the FOGO bin.
  • FOGO bin contents will be hot-composted to produce soil conditioner products for agricultural and horticultural use.

Your FOGO bin is collected each week on the same day as your recycling bin.

What we collect

We collect most food and garden waste items.


We collect most food waste, including:

  • fruit and vegetables (including hard-to-compost items)
  • meat - cooked and raw (excluding cooked bones)
  • fish and seafood - cooked and raw (excluding cooked bones)
  • raw bones
  • all dairy products
  • eggs and egg shells
  • all bakery items including bread and cakes
  • rice and pasta products
  • loose tea leaves and coffee grounds  (excluding tea bags and coffee pods)
  • curries, soups, sauces and dips
  • fast food leftovers
  • offcuts
  • plate scrapings
  • spoiled food.


We collect most garden waste, such as:

  • lawn clippings and weeds
  • leaves
  • bark chips
  • dead flowers
  • light prunings
  • twigs and branches up to 75mm in diameter, cut to fit in the bin.


You can place most paper waste into the FOGO bin, including:

  • paper bags
  • paper napkins
  • paper towels
  • newspaper
  • tissues
  • wet and oily paper.

What we don't collect

  • medical waste
  • nappies
  • pet poo and litter
  • glass
  • bricks, rocks and concrete
  • stickers on fruit and vegetable
  • cooked bones
  • tea bags
  • coffee pods.

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.
  • Keep seafood and meat scraps in the freezer until the night before your collection day.
  • Store your caddy in the fridge.
  • 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.

Alternatively, use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy or wrap food waste.

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

More information

To learn more about the 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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