Managing waste wisely

FOGO – coming to you from mid-2022

From mid-2022, FOGO is heading your way. Here’s how going FOGO will affect you.

What is FOGO?

Why are we moving to FOGO?

When will FOGO start?

Looking ahead – how will FOGO affect me?

I already have a lime green-lidded bin. Can I start putting food scraps in it now?

Cottesloe slide presentation May 2022

More info

What is FOGO?

FOGO stands for Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) and refers to the collection of food scraps, garden vegetation and lawn clippings in a single bin to create compost or soil conditioner. Most of our Member Councils collect Garden Organics in a dedicated lime green lidded bin at the moment, once we change over you will also be able to put your food scraps into this bin. City of Subiaco residents will receive a new lime green lidded bin when they go FOGO.

Why are we moving to FOGO?

  • Adding Food Organics to the Garden Organics collection means that our processors can make compost for growing more food.  When trapped in landfill, FOGO produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that harms the atmosphere and environment.
  • Landfilling FOGO is a waste of a valuable source of nutrients for our soils.
  • Composting FOGO is better for the environment because it reduces methane production and recovers and returns valuable nutrients to the soil in the form of compost.
  • The WA State Government also requires all local governments in Perth and Peel to move to FOGO by 2025. Click for more information about State and Federal targets for waste diversion and resource recovery.

When will FOGO start?

FOGO rollout will start for Cottesloe residents living in houses (not apartments yet) from mid 2022. It will then be rolled out to the remainder of the WMRC Member Councils by 2025. See staged timeline below:

FOGO rollout timeline

Stage Year Description
1 2022 onwards Start pilot FOGO rollout in Town of Cottesloe for residents living in houses (not apartments).
2 2023 onwards Start rollout for residents in remaining member councils, adopting learnings from Cottesloe’s rollout.
3 2025 onwards Start rollout in apartments once FOGO is well established in houses.

Looking ahead – how will FOGO affect me?

Going FOGO simply means that you will combine your household food scraps and garden waste in your green-lidded bin. To make things easier, your council will give you a kitchen caddy and a supply of compostable liners for your food scraps.  You will receive more info on how to use your caddy and liners when FOGO is due to commence in your council.

Will I get a new green bin?

Subiaco residents will receive a green-lidded kerbside bin to replace their greenwaste bags. Residents who already have a green-lidded bin will start using it to collect food scraps as well as garden organics. Please do not put food scraps in your garden organics bin until FOGO officially rolls out in your area.

Will it cost more?

No. You won’t be charged more for the standard three bin FOGO service.

Will my bin collection days change?

No, but what is collected each week will change.  FOGO will be collected weekly, while general waste and recycling will be collected fortnightly on alternate weeks. Your council will advise which bins will be collected on which weeks before rollout commences in your area.

What can I FOGO?

When FOGO officially commences in your area, you will be able to put food scraps, some greasy paper products in your green-lidded bin along with your existing greenwaste. You will receive a full list of what can / cannot go in your FOGO bin when FOGO gets rolled out in your council.

Why aren’t apartments going FOGO at the same time as houses?

Best practice guidelines for introducing FOGO suggests a multi-stage process, whereby FOGO is implemented in single unit dwellings first (eg. houses) so that lessons learnt can be applied to multi-unit dwellings (eg. apartments).

I already have a lime green-lidded bin. Can I start putting food scraps in it now?

No, please don’t put food scraps in your green-lidded bin until FOGO is officially introduced in your council area. Currently, your green-lidded bin is for garden organics (GO) only. Adding food scraps to greenwaste destined for mulch causes contamination and reduces what can be mulched. Please only put garden vegetation and lawn clippings in your Garden Organics (GO) bin for now. Click here for more info on what goes in your GO bin.

Cottesloe slide presentation May 2022


More Info

  • Call our Recycling Hotline on 9384 6711
  • Contact our Community Education Team via email.
  • Follow us on socials to be kept up to date of any changes as they happen.
  • Check your Council’s website.