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.

We are currently asking for community feedback on FOGO. Visit Imagine Vincent to find out more, or contact us on 9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

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.

FOGO FAQ's

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?

The proposed rollout for the FOGO system is October 2020.

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.

How can I have a say?

We are currently asking for community feedback on FOGO. Visit Imagine Vincent to find out more.

You can also contact us via email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or call us 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 ($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.