Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) will be rolled out in the shire from 1 July 2024.  

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics waste. A proposed three-bin kerbside collection system will separate food organics and garden organics from other waste categories.

Why is the Shire introducing a FOGO bin?

Council has been working on implementing the third FOGO bin service since 2020, when the State Government adopted a State Waste Strategy which included encouraging local governments to take up the 3-bin system by 2025 to divert food waste from landfill.

Reducing landfilled food and garden organics is a major waste minimisation priority for national and state government.
Organics represent the single largest fraction in a household garbage bin and downstream produces detrimental environmental impacts within the landfill environment.

In its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, the WA Government has set a target that by 2030 only 15 per cent of waste within Perth will be landfilled.

In response, many local governments are introducing kerbside food organic and garden organic waste collection, for subsequent processing in a FOGO specific processing facility.

When will the FOGO bin service start? 

FOGO is expected to be introduced in the shire from 1 July 2024.

What can be put in the FOGO bin?

If it didn’t live or grow, it’s not FOGO. Only food, garden waste, paper products and council supplied compostable liners go into your FOGO bin!

What can go in the lime-green lidded FOGO bin? 

  • Bread and dairy

  • Fruit and vegetables

  • Meat, bones and seafood

  • Prunings and leaves

  • Dog poo, kitty litter, paper towel, serviettes and tissues 

Why are bin lid colours changing?

The general 140L waste bin will be changed to a red lid in line with the Waste Authority’s bin guidelines. Existing bins will be gradually changed when the existing lid is damaged or broken, and new services will receive a new bin with a red lid.

What can't go in the FOGO bin?

  • No aerosol cans or gas bottles
  • No batteries or electronic waste
  • No clothes or textiles
  • No materials in bags
  • No glass
  • No metal

What changes will happen to my bin service? 

The new FOGO bin will be collected weekly while the general waste and yellow-lid recycling bins will be collected on alternative fortnights.

Who will get a FOGO service?

All Shire of Mundaring residential properties will receive a FOGO service.

Can I opt out of having 3-bins and remain with just the 2-bin system?

As the Shire is working towards meeting the State Government's target of only 15 per cent of waste within Perth to be landfilled by 2030, the three bin system will be compulsory for all residents. 

Will the FOGO service cost me more? 

The overall waste costs are expected to be relatively cost neutral with higher costs to occur in collecting a third bin but lower gate fee costs for FOGO material delivery as compared to landfill disposal. The costs of all Shire waste service are included in the annual waste charge.

What can I do if I don't have room on my verge for three bins?

With alternating fortnightly collection of the recycling bin and FOGO bin, only two bins on any day of collection need to be put out, unless additional bins have been arranged with the Shire. 

Will commercial properties receive a FOGO bin service? 

Commercial properties can enquire if their property is suitable for separate FOGO bin collections and opt in for this service for a fee.