FOGO for apartment or unit complexes
Multi-unit developments (MUD) residential properties were not included in the initial rollout for FOGO due to their servicing complexity. The good news is that now MUD's are able to go FOGO! Please contact Waste Services on 9432 9999.
The process is simple:
- Resident(s) in the building becomes a 'champion' by contacting the City to register interest.
- Champion is provided with a supportive information flyer to gather interest from other residents.
- A site visit is organised with the property manager person (or equivalent) to discuss bin changeover (5-10 minutes)
- An email is sent to the City from the Council of Owners or strata approving the FOGO bin system, with a list of interesting units.
- Delivery of FOGO bins, caddy packs are delivered to the on-site property manager.
- Caddy's are distributed to residents.
Residents are provided with flyers, and magnets/ stickers to assist them in using the FOGO system correctly. Not everyone in the complex is required to use the system. Education sessions (20-30 minutes) are also available for residents who would like some one-on-one information.
About the three-bin FOGO system
The three-bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system was rolled out to over 11,000 City of Fremantle households in September 2019. FOGO is the collection of food scraps (FO) and organic garden (GO) waste, including dog poo and kitty litter.
The three-bin FOGO system provides residents with more options for separating their waste with the aim to improve recovery rates, increase diversion from landfill and reduce costs of processing material. By collecting organics in the FOGO bin, we generate high quality compost to use on farms, parks and gardens and avoid organic waste going to landfill, which produces harmful methane gas.
The three-bin system includes:
Bin lid colour
Food Organic Garden Organics (FOGO)
Download the three bin waste calendar.
What can be put in each bin?
Lime green-lidded FOGO bin
All food organics including raw and cooked, bread, dairy, bones, shells, and garden organics. FOGO waste is composted so it’s important to keep plastic and glass out of this bin. All food waste is to go into your FOGO bin either in a compostable liner, wrapped in newspaper or loose in the bin. Please make sure food is removed from the packaging before being placed in the bin as any plastic packaging can contaminate the compost.
- Fruit and vegetable scraps, processed food, and leftovers from meals such as meat, fish, chicken, bread, egg, eggshells, dairy products, rice, pasta, coffee grounds, and tea bags.
- All garden organics including grass clippings, flowers, weeds, herbs, small branches, and leaves.
- Paper towels and serviettes, tissues, shredded paper and pizza boxes can also be disposed of using the lime green-lidded bin. (Please no coffee cups or bioplastics ie: cornstarch)
- Wooden and bamboo disposable cutlery or plates, and paper plates.
- You can also place pet droppings and kitty litter into this bin either straight into the bin or in a compostable liner, however, biodegradable plastic liners are not to go into your FOGO bin, only compostable liners as they will break down naturally in the composting process.
Visit the compostable caddy liner FAQs page to find out about replacement caddy liners.
Yellow-lidded recycling bin
All items that go into the yellow-lidded recycling bin need to be clean, dry, and empty:
- Firm plastic bottles and containers; with lids removed, including cleaning product bottles, detergent bottles, punnets used to hold berries and tomatoes, bottles, trays, ice cream containers, plastic crockery, takeaway food containers, yoghurt containers and hard plastic packaging. Remember, if the plastic is scrunchable, it belongs in your general waste bin.
- Cardboard boxes; clean and flattened, including cereal boxes, packing boxes, egg cartons, clean pizza boxes, toilet paper rolls.
- Paper (excluding shredded paper) such as magazines, newspaper, office paper, paper bags, envelopes (including those with windows), and wrapping paper.
- Glass bottles and jars; clean and lids removed.
- Cans and tins; including baking trays, cake trays, cans, and foil that is clean and scrunched into a ball.
If you find the capacity of your recycling bin is an issue, you can request an upgrade to a larger 360L recycling bin by contacting the City on 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees apply.
Extra yellow bin recyclables can be dropped off at the Fremantle Recycling Centre on Montreal Street free of charge.
Red-lidded general waste bin
- General rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled, such as nappies, polystyrene, plastic bags, long-life tetrapak cartons, phone books, and soft plastics.
For a full list of items, visit Recycle Right.
Some items should not be placed into any of your bins and instead, can be dropped off at Fremantle Recycling Centre.
How do I order a new bin/replace a damaged bin?
Ordering new waste and/or recycling bin(s) for a new property or replacing a damaged or lost bin can be arranged by completing our online form.
Multi-unit developments (MUD) residents will need to complete a MUD application for waste and recycling bins instead.
Why did we change to a new bin system?
The three-bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system provides residents in the City of Fremantle, City of Melville, and Town of East Fremantle with more options for separating their waste, with the aim of improving recovery rates, increasing diversion from landfill and reducing costs of processing material.
By collecting nutrient-rich food waste alongside garden waste in the FOGO bin, we generate high-quality compost to use on farms, parks, and gardens and avoid organic waste going to landfill which produces harmful methane gas.
The three-bin system is the WA State Government’s preferred kerbside collection system and is considered the most suitable for achieving the State Government target of 70% diversion from landfill by 2025.
Is there an additional charge?
No. All City of Fremantle waste management services is covered by your rates.
Why has the size of the general waste bin changed?
On average, 50-60% of the waste we put into our general waste bin is FOGO material. When food and garden waste is sent to landfill, it generates harmful methane gas and contributes to higher processing costs through landfill fees.
Residents are encouraged to use their FOGO bin to ensure we can recover as much organic waste as possible and convert this material into much need compost. All your food waste including leftovers, peelings, cooked and raw meat, bones, shells, bread, seafood and dairy products can go into your FOGO bin, along with paper products like tissues, napkins, shredded paper, soiled newspaper and soiled pizza boxes.
If there’s not much going in your FOGO bin each week, you may wish to speak to your neighbour to see if you can set up a sharing arrangement.
We already compost at home, do we still need the FOGO bin?
We encourage you to compost at home, however, you can use your lime green-topped FOGO bin for things you can’t put in your home compost bin, like bones, meat and seafood.
My FOGO bin is too large
Even if you don’t have a lot of food or garden waste, residents are encouraged to use their FOGO bin to ensure we can recover as much organic waste as possible. If food and garden waste is sent to landfill, it generates harmful methane gas and contributes to higher processing costs through landfill fees.
All your food waste including leftovers, peelings, cooked and raw meat, bones, shells, bread, seafood and dairy products can go into your FOGO bin, along with paper products like tissues, napkins, shredded paper, soiled newspaper and soiled pizza boxes.
If you find there’s not much going in your FOGO bin each week, you may wish to speak to your neighbour to see if you can set up a sharing arrangement.
My FOGO bin is too small
If you find you don’t have enough space in your FOGO bin, contact the City’s Waste Management Team on 9432 9999.
In addition to the organics collection service provided through your FOGO bin, the City also provides Bulk Garden Organics pickups which are scheduled twice per year.
What happens to my FOGO material?
FOGO is delivered to the Resource Recovery Group in Canning Vale. The material is processed through a commercial composting facility and undergoes manual sorting where any items that don’t belong in the FOGO bin are removed. The system is only set up to remove a very small amount of contamination. If the amount of items that shouldn’t be placed into the FOGO bins increases substantially, the quality of the compost can be compromised and won’t be able to meet Australian Standards. The compost material is then processed and blended into products for the market by a contractor, to Australian Standard AS4454 .
This Recycle Right YouTube video shows how your FOGO material is processed from your FOGO bin to compost.
Is the compost available to residents?
Yes (subject to availability). The sale of FOGO derived compost is for sale at the Fremantle Recycling Centre for $5 per 25-litre bag, with a limit of 5 bags. The bags contain 30% FOGO-derived material from the FOGO bins in the City of Fremantle, City of Melville and Town of East Fremantle. By using this compost, residents are closing the loop on their food and garden waste.
I have questions about the caddy and liners
Please visit the caddy liner FAQ page.
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