3-Bin FOGO

A trial of a 3-Bin Food Organics Garden Organics or FOGO system will take place to around 7,000 households in the City of Melville in October 2017. The use of a 3-bin FOGO system will be the first of its kind in the Perth Metropolitan area and will mean some great outcomes for the community and environment. 

The trial is a joint project between the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle and its success will determine the expansion of the system to all residents across all three councils.

The 3-Bin FOGO System Explained

Frequently asked questions

Why is a 3-bin system needed?

For a long time, the standard 2-bin system has worked well and everyone has done a great job ensuring they reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible!


But we can always do more and moving to a 3-bin system will make it easier to separate waste, which in the long term will lead to:

•  cleaner compost which can be used on farms, parks and gardens

•  less landfill creating harmful greenhouse gasses

•  reduced costs of processing materials.

When is the new system being introduced?

The new system will be trialled to around 7000 households in the City of Melville. Those households involved will be contacted in the coming months with lots of information about the changes.


Throughout the duration of the trial we will be conducting lots of research and gathering feedback from the community which will help to improve the service.


The success of the trial will then determine whether the City of Melville along with the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle decide to rollout the system to all residents.

How will the changes take place?

Those households involved in the trial will be contacted later in the year and will be provided with lots of information about when and how they will get their bins.    

Those involved in the trial will also be provided with:

•  a new lime-green lid bin for all Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) materials collected weekly

•  a new kitchen caddy and compostable liners to separate food waste in the kitchen

•  a new, smaller red-lid bin for general rubbish items that can’t be composted or recycled collected fortnightly.


The recycling bin will remain much the same but will be collected fortnightly. This should be enough for most households, however if they find they need more space, larger recycling bins will be made available to residents free of charge.

What will happen to the old green bin?

Many of the dark-green general waste bins are 15-20 years old and coming to the end of their life. These bins will be taken away for reuse by the council or will be recycled into new bins.

What if I'm not in the trial, when will I get my bins?

If you aren’t in one of the lucky 7000 households initially involved, then don’t worry, you can keep up the great work by making sure you are using your 2-bin system as best you can!


Keep an eye out for more information on the Recycle Right website, news and social media.

What are the costs for residents?

The trial will result in no additional costs to ratepayers and one of the overall goals of the project is to reduce processing costs.

Is this the same system as other councils around Perth have introduced?

The 3-Bin FOGO system is different to the 3-bin system many councils around Perth have introduced which currently only allow for garden materials to be placed into in the lime-green lid bin, leaving food waste to rot away in landfill sites, producing harmful greenhouse gases.


By putting all food organics and garden organics into the same bin, we can reduce our impact on the environment and produce a high-quality compost, a valuable product for Western Australia’s soils.

For media coverage from Channel 7, Channel 9 and ABC Radio Perth, head to smrc.com.au/3-bin-trial-media-coverage/