Our FOGO bins are dark green with a lime green lid.
Use the FOGO bin to separate your food and garden waste from your household waste. We collect food and garden waste to turn it into compost product.
What goes in the FOGO bin
- Most food waste such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products, eggshells, spoiled food, loose tea leaves and coffee grounds.
- Most garden waste such as leaves, lawn clippings, weeds and small twigs and branches (up to 75 mm in diameter). Don't put garden waste in a bag.
- Most dirty or wet cardboard and paper, such as newspaper and tissues.
What can't go in the FOGO bin
These are the top items that can't go in the FOGO bin:
- tea bags
- any kind of plastic
- pet poo
- cooked bones
- stickers on fruits and vegetables.
For a full list of items we do and don't collect in your FOGO bin check our A to Z recycling and waste guide.
Using your FOGO caddy
You can use your FOGO caddy (the small kitchen FOGO bin) to collect food waste before placing in the larger FOGO bin.
You can use no caddy liner, or line it with:
- an accepted compostable caddy liner
- a paper bag
- paper towel.
If you use a caddy liner it must:
- be labelled as 'compostable'
- be made from 100% corn starch
- display both AS5810 and AS4736 codes.
Some examples of accepted liners include:
- 8 L Compost-A-Pak liners
- BioBag 8 L rolls
- Maze 9 L Slim Compostable Bags
- Multix Greener Mini Plant Based Compostable Bags
- Cardia Compostable 8 L Kitchen Tidy Bags.
Council supplied caddy liners
You can collect a free roll of 150 liners (about a year's supply) for your household from one of these locations:
- Customer Service Counter - 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell
- Greythorn Community Hub, Library Lounge - 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North
- Hawthorn Library - 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
- Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre - 8 Warner Ave, Ashburton
- Kew Library - Corner Cotham Rd and Civic Dr, Kew
- Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre - 157 Union Rd, Surrey Hills.
Our recycling bins are blue with a yellow lid and we are transitioning to bins with dark green bodies and a yellow lid. Read about why we are changing our bin colours.
What goes in the recycling bin
The only items that can be placed in the recycling bin are:
- plastic bottles like milk, juice and sauce bottles (leave lids on)
- hard plastic containers like margarine tubs, biscuit trays, punnets, yoghurt pots and takeaway containers
- glass jars and bottles (lids removed)
- paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail
- cardboard and cereal boxes
- steel tins
- aluminium cans and foil
- aerosol cans.
Make sure items are loose (not in bags) and empty.
What can't go in the recycling bin
These are the top items that can't go in the recycling bin:
- bagged recycling
- plastic bags and soft plastic wrappings (these must go in the household waste bin)
- green waste and food waste
- polystyrene packaging, cups and meat trays
- textiles and clothing
- ceramic plates, cups and crockery.
Find out how to recycle or dispose of items that can't be placed in your recycling bin in our A to Z recycling and waste guide.
Check the Australasian recycling labels (ARL)
Look for the Australasian recycling labels, now found on the back of most supermarket items.
These labels provide easy to understand information about what can be recycled.
The label will tell you where each piece of packaging from an item should go, for example the lid, the wrapper and the container.
Contaminated recycling bins
Contaminated recycling can lead to the whole truck load of recycling being sent to landfill.
If you put items in your recycling bin that are not accepted, you will be issued with an orange warning sticker about the contamination issue.
If you continue to contaminate your recycling bin, you will be issued with a red non-collection sticker and a postcard in your letterbox. We will not empty your recycling bin until you remove the items we do not accept. Once you have done this call us on (03) 9278 4444 to arrange for your bin to be emptied.
Our household waste bins are green with a dark green lid and we are transitioning to bins that are green with a red lid. Read about why we are changing our bin colours.
Use this bin for household waste that can't be separated into your recycling or FOGO bin.
The following items can't be placed in any bin:
Find out how to dispose of items we don't collect in our A to Z recycling and waste guide.
Download our posters about how to use your bins.