Get to know the new 3-bin system and find out more about waste, recycling, commercial waste services and disposal of other items.
|What does FOGO mean?||
FOGO stands for Food Organics, Garden Organics and refers to the weekly collection of food scraps and garden organics, which once collected will be turned into compost at the Banksia Road Organics Facility.
A handy way to think about FOGO is ‘If it didn’t live or grow, it isn’t FOGO.’
|Why have we gone to a 3-bin system?||The Harvey Shire Council has determined the most appropriate model to meet the State’s Waste Strategy with the introduction of the Food Organics Garden Organics bin.
The FOGO system is the WA Waste Authority’s preferred kerbside collection system and is considered most suitable for achieving the State Government’s target of 50 per cent diversion from landfill by 2020 in regional areas.
The 3-bin FOGO system has been implemented in the majority of local governments in the state’s South West and is being introduced to more local governments in the Perth Metropolitan area.
The system has proven to divert more than 65 per cent of waste from landfill per year.
|Where does FOGO waste go?||Organic waste from the lime green organics bins (currently operating in the City of Bunbury and the shires of Capel, Collie and Donnybrook-Balingup) is taken to the facility and deposited in large windrows. A large proportion of the material collected in bins is high in nitrogen, so mulched green waste which is high in carbon is added to the mix and the composting process begins. The windrows are aerated to minimise odours and speed up the composting process. Compostable bags break down quickly once the composting process begins.
After testing, most of the product is sold in bulk. Some compost is taken to the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility where it is sold by the scoop. Contact Stanley Road for up to date pricing of our organic compost phone: 9797 2404
|What goes in what bin?
||The average general waste bin contains about 60 per cent organic waste that can be composted.
All food organics including raw and cooked meat, bread, dairy, bones, shells and garden organics. The contents of this bin will be 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 all food packaging is removed and placed in the correct bin, as any plastic/foam packaging will contaminate the compost.
You can also place pet droppings and kitty litter into a compostable liner or straight into the FOGO bin.
Biodegradable or any other plastic bags/liners are not to go into your FOGO bin, only compostable liners provided by the Shire are to be used, as they will break down naturally in the composting process.
All items should be clean, dry and empty with lids removed and placed in the bin loosely.
The following items should not be placed into your yellow-lidded recycling bin:
Red/green lidded general waste bin (fortnightly): General rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled, such as:
The following items should not be placed into your red/green-lidded general waste bin:
|What if I already compost at home?||You are doing a great job! The FOGO bin can complement your compost as it can take the things that your compost can’t – like weeds, seeds, excess lawn clippings and leaves, meat, bones and dairy products.
Compost needs the right blend of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ materials so if you’ve got excess of one type you can add it to the FOGO bin knowing that it will still be composted. Branches that are too thick for the compost can also be put in the Organics bin.
Worms can be fussy eaters and often do not like onions, citrus, potato peels, bread products and eggshells. You can put the things they don’t like in the FOGO bin. Chooks are great at turning organic matter into fertilizer. There are some things that chooks won’t eat which can instead be put in the FOGO bin.
|I’ve used all my compostable bags, where do I get more?||Residents were provided with 4 rolls of bags (200 bags) which should be enough to supply a household for 1 year. The Shire has committed to supplying 4 rolls of 50 bags for the 2020/21 financial year. These will be available via a coupon system attached to the annual waste calendar.|
|What if I moved into a rental property that didn’t have a kitchen caddy?||You will need to speak to the rental agent as it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that the kitchen caddy is left at the property.|
|Will the Shire be introducing FOGO to businesses, schools and community groups.||FOGO is currently being rolled out to residential properties only. However, the Shire is investigating offering the 3-bin FOGO system to local businesses, schools and community groups in the future.|
|How can I keep my caddy from smelling?||Here are some hints to help keep your caddy fresh for longer;
|What can I do if my FOGO or general waste bin smells?||
Using the compostable bags supplied by the Shire for food scraps helps
Disposable nappies should only be placed in the Rubbish bin.
If the odour is a real issue for you there are products you can purchase to reduce the odour in the bin, for example, Bin Bombs is a product that removes odour from your bin.
|Do I need to put everything that goes into my FOGO bin in the compostable bags? ie garden waste||
No, you can place any food or garden organics loose into your FOGO bin. You do not need to place them in compostable bags. We encourage you to use the compostable bags in your kitchen caddy, and any garden or lawn clippings can be placed straight in the FOGO bin. In fact, the compost likes it when you mix the food and garden waste together. You could place your cardboard and garden waste at the base of your bin and your food waste on top to absorb the liquid.
|Do you require special assistance with medical waste?||If you or a member of your family has a long term medical condition that produces medical waste that creates an unhygienic environment, the Shire of Harvey may be able to assist with a weekly general waste collection. Please complete the attached form and return to the Shire.
The Shire provides a weekly FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) and a fortnightly recycling and general waste bin collection service to households in designated collection areas.
Want to know more?
|Further information on what happens to your waste and an A-Z guide|
A weekly rubbish bin collection service is available to commercial properties. Please note collection days have changed to a Tuesday and Friday every week from 20 August.
Please contact the Shire’s contractor Cleanaway on 1800 049 193 for all missed bins.
If your bin is damaged or stolen please contact the Shire’s Rates Department on (08) 9729 0311 to arrange repairs or a replacement bin.