FOGO 2020 Rollout

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 suggested implementation date of October 2020 provides the City with time to consult with its community, identify potential barriers, inform all households of the transition and marks the end of the City’s existing contract for waste collection.

The business case comes 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.


What does FOGO mean?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics and refers to the collection of food scraps, as well as natural material from your garden to create high quality compost. A handy way to think about FOGO is ‘If it didn’t grow, or it wasn’t alive - it’s not FOGO’.

Why do we need a FOGO system?

Under the State Government's new State Waste Strategy, all Councils will need to move to a three bin FOGO system by 2025. 

Around 55 per cent of rubbish in our green topped bins is organic - food and garden waste. A FOGO bin will have a major impact on diverting our rubbish from landfill. It will be a great leap towards Vincent's ambitious target of zero waste to landfill by 2028.

What will a FOGO system look like?

A FOGO bin system will mean households will have three bins, with the addition of one lime green lid FOGO bin.

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.

When will the new service start?

The proposed rollout for the FOGO system is October 2020.

What goes 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 and glass out of this bin.
  • Yellow lid recycling bin: Recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminium and steel cans, glass and plastic containers.
  • 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.

The three bin system will be the new standard waste service which means that every household will receive three bins.

If you find that you do not using the FOGO bin you can contact us and our waste team will look into a solution for you.

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.

Is the FOGO system rolled out to businesses?

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

How can i prevent odours in the bin?

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 help to alleviate odours.

If you are having continual issues closing your bin lids contact the City on 9273 6000 to get your lid repaired or request a larger bin following a needs assessment.

What is the 3-Bin FOGO MUDs Trial?

The City of Vincent is currently running a Resource Recovery trial in partnership with the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA), City of Perth and City of Stirling. The innovative trial aims to maximise resource recovery and recycling outcomes in Multi-Unit-Dwellings (MUDs) through waste education and guidance as well as through additional infrastructure (bins and bags) at these properties.

This Project forms Project 3 in the City’s Waste strategy 2018-2023.

Project Driver: Several factors require the City to consider the future of waste collections from MUDs within Vincent. The following are key factors that present both a challenge and a risk to the City:

  • Large volumes of infrastructure (multiple 240L/360L bins) with difficult access requiring long-hauling
  • Small bin stores requiring frequent collections drawing vehicles out of given collection rounds and resulting in in-efficient waste collection services. Limited bin storage areas can also impact on introduction of additional recovery services such as food waste or other household items
  • Anonymity in the usage of shared bins create issues with contamination
  • High population of English second language residents in MUDs with limited education materials
  • High frequency and number of instances of illegal dumping, likely due to high turnover in occupancies
  • MUDs sharing bin stores with Commercial premises can confuse bin ownership and complicate CoV monitoring of compliance and tonnages
  • • Location of MUDs can be in heavily used/high traffic flow areas with limited parking and thus reduced space for trucks to successfully complete collections.

The City recently started a FOGO trial in a number of MUDs.

Project updates will be available shortly.

If your building has been selected as a project property and you require further information, please feel free to contact us:

via email or call us 9273 6000

How can I have a say?

The City will start a community consultation process in July 2019 to explore implementation issues or concerns – such as bin storage and solutions for apartments and small lots, detailed costings, and how we will engage with our community before a third bin is introduced.

The community consultation will provide all residents the opportunity to voice their concerns or thoughts. All residents will be notified of the consultation - more info to come!

You can also contact us via email or call us on 9273 6000