FOGO 

In December 2018, Vincent Council gave in-principle support for a third food organic and garden organic (FOGO) bin collection. At the 5 March 2019 Council Meeting, a business case was approved for a three bin FOGO collection system, with a proposed date of implementation of October 2020. The business case looked at implementation, benefits, costs and the communications and consultation required before a third bin can be introduced.

The business case for FOGO came shortly after the State Government released their new Waste Strategy, with a three bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system for all local governments by 2025 as its centrepiece. An estimated seven Councils in the Perth and Peel region have also approved or are close to approving the adoption of a FOGO system.

***PLEASE NOTE

Plans to switch to a three-bin system have been put on hold for a year while the City of Vincent focuses on managing the impact of COVID-19 in the community.

The City had planned to introduce a third Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin from October 2020.

At a special council meeting held 30 March 2020, Council voted to defer the introduction of the three-bin system until October 2021.


FOGO 2019 Consultation

From August - September 2019, we surveyed residents about our plan to switch to a third Organics (FOGO) bin, to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

We heard from over 700 residents which is a fantastic outcome. We identified potential issues and community sentiment around FOGO to help us ensure the transition next year is as smooth as possible.

Click below to find out what we heard from our community during the consultation.

Consultation findings

Overview

Here's a snapshot of how our community is feeling about FOGO.

  • 50% of respondents were aware the City is moving to FOGO
  • 86% of respondents supported the City's plan to move to FOGO
  • 44% had concerns about the 3 bin FOGO system

Main concerns

The three main concerns that we heard from residents were lack of space (13%), incorrect use of bins (11%) and concerns over frequency of collections (11%). 

Lack of Space

Over the next few months and prior to the 3 bin rollout, the City will look into different bin options to find a solution that is suitable for as many households as possible. We understand that not all households are the same, so if you find that you have issues with the size or capacity of any of your bins once the new FOGO service commences, please contact the City and a waste education officer will be able to help.

Incorrect use of bins

To help all members of the community understand how to use the new 3 bin FOGO system, the City is developing a comprehensive communications and engagement strategy which includes workshops and engagement sessions, information materials, waste guides, bin stickers and much more.

Collection frequency

The new FOGO system will have a collection schedule as follows:

  •  Lime green lidded FOGO bin (240L) - collected weekly
  •  Yellow lidded recycling bin (240L) - collected fortnightly
  •  Red lidded general waste bin (140L) - collected fortnightly

City of Vincent waste audits conducted in 2018 showed the following breakdown of contents in a typical general waste kerbside bin:

  •  55% food and garden organics
  •  14% recyclables
  •  31% general waste

The shift to a 3 bin system will move all the organic material from the general bin to the FOGO bin. As the majority of your waste will be composted through the FOGO bin or recycled through the yellow lid bin, general waste collections will move to fortnightly under the new system.

There are no plans to increase the collection frequency of the yellow recycling bin, as this would incur significant costs. However, the City does offer a larger 360L recycling bin for a small extra charge per year. Please speak with our waste team on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au if you are interested.

Current waste behaviours

During the consultation, we put residents to the test by asking them to sort particular items of waste into general waste (dark green lid), recycling (yellow lid) or neither bin.

The results were good, with many residents sorting the majority of items correctly. However there were some common mistakes, which highlight misconceptions and areas that need to be worked on.

ITEM COMMON MISTAKES CORRECT SORTING
Non-rinsed bottle/container 48% incorrectly sorted non-rinsed containers into the recycling bin Recyclables should be clean, empty and dry. If bottles or containers are not emptied and rinsed, they should be placed in the general waste bin.
Plastic bags & soft plastics 23% incorrectly sorted plastic bags and soft plastics into the recycling bin Plastic bags and soft (scrunchable) plastics cannot be recycled in kerbside recycling bins and should be dropped off for recycling at RedCycle bins at Coles or Woolworths or placed in the general waste bin.
Electronic waste 16% incorrectly sorted e-waste into the general waste bin and 4% incorrectly sorted e-waste into the recycling bin E-waste cannot be disposed of in your kerbside bins and should be properly recycled by dropping off at Balcatta Recycling Centre or left out during bulk verge collection.
Household batteries and light globes 52% incorrectly sorted light bulbs into either the general waste bin or recycling bin, and 23% incorrectly sorted batteries into either bin. Household batteries or light globes cannot be disposed of in either kerbside bins and should be dropped off at a City of Vincent recycling station (at the Library, Main Admin Centre, Beatty Park, North Perth Plaza or Mt Hawthorn's Mezz).
Clothing and textiles 53% incorrectly sorted clothing and textiles into the general waste bin and 3% incorrectly sorted into the recycling bin Clothing and textiles cannot be recycled and should be reused by donating to charity. If clothing/textiles are in unusable condition, please dispose of in your general waste bin.
Broken glass 29% incorrectly sorted broken glass into the general waste bin Broken glass should be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Frequently Asked Questions | FOGO

If you have any questions not covered by the below FAQs, please give us a call on 9273 6000 or email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au to speak with the City's waste team.

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics and refers to the collection of food scraps and natural material from your garden to create high quality compost.

Why is the City implementing FOGO?

Around 55% of rubbish in our green topped bins is organic – food and garden waste. A FOGO bin system will have a major impact on diverting our rubbish from landfill and a great leap towards our target of zero waste to landfill by 2028.

Additionally, under the State Government’s recently revised Waste Strategy 2030, all Councils will need to move to a three bin FOGO system by 2025.

How will it work?

Standard Vincent households will have three bins; a lime green lid FOGO bin, a yellow lid recycling bin and a red lid general waste bin. Households will also receive a 6 litre kitchen caddy for food scraps. For people living in a unit or apartment complex where bins are shared, the number of bins required for your unit complex will be based on the size of the units and current bin usage.

When will the new service start?

Plans to switch to a three-bin system have been put on hold for a year while the City of Vincent focuses on managing the impact of COVID-19 in the community.

The City had planned to introduce a third Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin from October 2020.

At a special council meeting held 30 March 2020, Council voted to defer the introduction of the three-bin system until October 2021.

What will go into which bin?

  • Lime green lid FOGO bin: All food organics (raw and cooked), meat, bones and garden organics. This bin will be composted so it’s important to keep plastic, metal and glass out of this bin.
  • Yellow lid recycling bin: Recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminium and steel cans, glass and plastic containers. Please ensure items are emtpy, clean and placed in the bin loose with all lids removed.
  • Red lid rubbish bin: General rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled, such as nappies, plastic bags and hygiene products.

I already have a compost system at home. Do I still need a FOGO bin?

We encourage you to continue to compost at home, however, you can use your lime green lid FOGO bin for things you can’t put in your home compost bin, like bones, meat and seafood.

I live in an apartment/unit. How will the FOGO system work for me?

For people living in a unit or apartment complex where bins are shared, the City will determine how many of each of the three bins are required for your unit complex based on the size of the units and current bin usage.

Will the FOGO system be rolled out to businesses?

At this stage the City will only be implementing FOGO waste collections for residential properties.

How will I prevent odours in the bin?

The new FOGO bin will be collected weekly and contains the odorous food and organic matter that currently goes in the general waste bin.

To minimise odours always ensure that the lids on your bins are properly closed. Research has shown that odours peak after one day and don’t get noticeably better or worse. Washing your bin out with detergent and a broom can also help to alleviate odours.

If your bin/bin lid requires repair contact the City on 9273 6000.

Will the extra bin cost me more?

There will be no additional costs to residents for the standard three bin FOGO service.

My recycling bin is always full, can I have this collected weekly?

There are presently no plans to increase collection of recycling bins to weekly. If your recycling bin is full, the City currently offers a larger 360 litre recycling bin for a small additional charge (currently $43 per year).

What is the size and capacity of the new bins?

Lime green-lidded FOGO bin has a capacity of 240L and this is collected weekly.

Yellow lidded recycling bin has a capacity of 240L and will be collected fortnightly.

Red-lidded general waste bin has a capacity of 140L and will be collected fortnightly.


Bin sizes are as follows. The maximum footprint of the standard 3 bin system will be: 1,705mm x 730mm.

140 Litre 240 Litre
Width 535mm 585mm
Depth 615mm 730mm
Height 915mm 1060mm

How will I fit everything in?

Residents will have an additional 70 litres capacity per week with the FOGO bin introduction. The sizes of the bins are based on current best practice and supported by audits of Vincent bins, which show the majority of waste (around 70%) is organic or recyclable materials.

I don't have room on my verge for three bins?

You will only be presenting two bins for collection each week. One week you will present your FOGO bin with your recycling bin, and on the alternate week your FOGO bin with your general waste bin.