Food Organics Garden Organics Bin (FOGO)

Project Overview

The WA State Government requires all local governments in Perth and Peel to move to Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) by 2025. The Shire's adoption of FOGO is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce waste and reduce greenhouse gases.

Right now, up to half the contents of our general waste bin is organic material that ends up in landfill. The new organics bin service will divert a significant amount of organic waste from landfill, and will instead recover the material, turning it into compost. Organic waste is a problem in landfill as it produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Although, many residents within the Shire have chickens or home composts, our last compositional audit of resident kerbside bins showed that over 50% of the material in the general waste bin is organic waste that could be composted. Turning the FOGO into compost reduces the impact on the environment and allows waste to become a usable product.

Next steps

From Monday 1 July 2024, the Shire will begin implementing the new Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) household waste management system. The service will be delivered to all households with an existing domestic Rubbish and Recycling bin service. We will advise of the specefic start date prior to the roll-out.

As we work towards rolling out the new bin system we will keep you up to date via this project page or visit the FAQ section for more information.

Council has been working on implementing the third bin service since 2020, with the State Government encouraging local governments to take up the 3-bin system by 2025 to divert food waste from landfill

A Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin service was approved by Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting in August 2023.