The Best We've Ever Bin



The roll-out of bins will run from 6 May to 28 June 2019 with the 3 bin service going live from 1 July 2019.

Residents are asked to leave their bins on the verge from 6am to 6pm on their collection day while the bins are being rolled out.

The 3 bin service, will see the current general waste bin transition into a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin, complete with a new lime green lid. This bin will be collected weekly and is for items such as kitchen scraps, meat, lawn clippings, small branches and garden debris, as well as a variety of other organic items can be placed in the FOGO bin.

Residents will also receive a new 140L red lidded general waste bin, while the current yellow lidded recycling bins will stay in place. Your recycling and general waste will be collected on alternate fortnights.

Q: How much is this going to cost?
A: The annual fee for the 3 bin kerbside collection service is $318

Q: How are my bins changing?
A: Your current dark green lidded general waste bin will be transformed into your Food Organics / Garden Organics or ‘FOGO’ bin. We will swap the lid on your bin to a fresh new lime green lid or, if your bin is a different type or in poor condition, we will replace it completely. A new and smaller 140L red lidded bin will be delivered to your property for General Waste. Your yellow lidded recycling bin will remain the same.

Q: How do I use my new bins up until 1 July?
A: Your general waste bin will continue to be serviced weekly until 1 July 2019. Depending on the amount of waste you have you can choose to use either your new 140L general waste bin or your transformed FOGO bin. All material placed in these bins will go to landfill, only until 1 July 2019.

Your Recycling service will remain the same.

From 1 July 2019 your weekly lime green lidded FOGO bin can be used for Food and Garden Organics only.

Q: I paid for my bin, I don’t want it changed.
A: You may keep the bin that you purchased, however, from 1 July 2019 the Shire will not service any residential 240L bins with a dark green lid. If you choose to retain your bin you can collect a sticker from either of the Shire offices to place on the lid of your bin. This will inform our contractors that you do not want your bin removed.

You will still receive the new 3-bin service if you choose to retain your old wheelie bin. If you decide in future that you no longer have use for the bin, the Shire will collect the bin on request and will ensure it is recycled.

Q: I have multiple general waste bins now – how does this work for me?
A: Every property with a kerbside collection service will receive the mandatory 3 bin service which includes a 240L FOGO bin collected weekly, a 240L Recycling Bin and a 140L general waste bin collected on alternate fortnights.

This configuration is actually an increase in capacity from the current standard service available from the Shire.

If you decide that you still need the extra capacity this can be supplied for additional costs.

Q: I don’t need 3 bins – how can I opt out?
A: The 3 bin service is mandatory and if you are on a kerbside collection route you are not able to opt-out. The Shire decided to implement a mandatory service so that we were able to get a competitive price for the service and avoid a hefty increase in kerbside collection fees for our ratepayers.

We understand and appreciate that many of our residents are already doing great things at home to reduce their waste footprint and we hope to bring in further incentive programs in the future once we have this system working well.

Q: I have a commercial business/property how does this affect me?
A: There will be no change to commercial services at this time. Your weekly dark green lidded general waste service and fortnightly yellow lidded recycling service will continue as normal. You are also still required to have registration stickers on your bins for them to be collected.

Q:Why Should residents embrace the 3-Bin Service?

A:The Shire is aiming to reduce landfill by up to 75 per cent and the 3 Bin service will help do this. It will also help to prolonging the life of Davis Road Waste Management Facility. Other benefits of the 3 Bin service include producing nutrient-rich compost that can be used across our horticulture and agricultural industry.

Q:What will be the key Benefits of The 3 Bin Service?

A:The service is an easy way for householders to actively make a positive difference to our environment. The collection of FOGO material reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions, and produces quality compost. FOGO material is 100% processed at a local organic processing facility.  Other benefits include:

  • Saving on rising landfill costs
  • Reducing leachate that is generated from the landfill
  • Helping preserve the air quality of our environment
  • Capturing food waste full of nutrients that are too valuable to waste
  • Producing quality compost to return to the soil
  • Improving the soil and water retention

Q: How do I collect FOGO inside the home?

A: Residents can store food waste in any container at home. We suggest using an old bucket or jar with a lid on it or you can purchase a kitchen caddy at the local hardware store. Empty the caddy into the lime green-lidded bin daily or at least three times a week. Bin liners should not be used as many are not degradable and are unable to be composted. onto reduce the need to wash out your bucket / caddy after you empty it, try lining it with newspaper, which will help to soak up moisture and keep it clean.

If you feel like you can’t use the service without lining the container, please ensure the bags you buy are 100% compostable as any other type of bag will contaminate the compost.

Q: Will my green-lidded organics bin become smelly and attract pests?

A: Food organics can create some odours as they decompose or if they are over exposed to heat, which is another reason why the Shire will be making weekly collections.

Householders can also help by:

  • wrapping all food scraps in either newspaper, junk mail or paper towel;
  • For very smelly food scraps - like prawn shells and meat scraps - it may be beneficial to place them in the freezer, and in the organics bin on the night prior to collection;
  • Layering food waste among garden organics will also reduce odours and minimise the mess in your bin;
  • Lining the bottom of the green-lidded organics bin with cardboard to avoid organic waste sticking to the base; and
  • Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda to neutralise odours inside the bin or caddy naturally.

Q: What happens to the collected food and garden organics?

A: FOGO collected from the green-lidded organics bin is transported to an organic composting facility for processing where the material is converted into a nutrient rich compost. The Shire will be working towards returning some of this product back to the community so it is important not to contaminate this bin with other materials.

This is a sustainable waste management alternative which results in a more positive, long term environmental outcome for our community and environment.

Q: Is it different from the household waste management service in Perth?

A: The 3-bin FOGO service is different from other 3-bin garden organic (GO) services that already exist in metropolitan Perth. The FOGO service takes food and garden waste, combining them together in the same bin to create a high-quality compost, whereas the GO service only takes garden waste, leaving valuable food waste to go to landfill and produce harmful methane gases and leachate which add to global warming.


Q: Has a similar service been used at other councils in Australia?

A: Yes, very successfully. Several Councils in the eastern states have been using FOGO waste collection services for a number of years. They have reduced landfill in some cases by more than 50 per cent with residents playing a very committed role.


Please contact the Shire’s Waste Team on (08) 9780 5255 or if you have any questions about the new 3 bin service.

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