Organics (FOGO) Bins

The new 3-bin system

Delivery of organics (FOGO) bins will start 15 July 2019 and the first collection service will be from 12 August 2019. 

After this date, your general waste bin will be collected fortnightly instead of weekly, on your normal collection day. Your recycling bin will continue to be collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your general waste bin.

This means that there will only be two bins put out for collection each week. The collection schedule is as follows:

  • Week beginning 05 August 2019: General Waste and Recycling Bin
  • Week beginning 12 August 2019: Organics (FOGO) Bin and General Waste Bin
  • Week beginning 19 August 2019: Organics (FOGO) Bin and Recycling Bin
  • Week beginning 26 August 2019: Organics Bin (FOGO) and General Waste Bin

The new bin is for organics waste – comprising of food and garden waste. See below for the A-Z guide of what goes in each bin.

All residential properties with an existing rubbish bin and recycling bin service will receive an organics bin. The main aim for introducing the organics bin service in the Shire of Harvey is to divert waste from landfill. As our community grows, so does the amount of waste generated. It is important that we act now – everyone can help reduce the impact of waste and improve environmental and public health outcomes by using their kerbside bins correctly.

Each household will receive:

  • 240-litre lime green coloured bin (FOGO);
  • A hard plastic 7-litre kitchen caddy with lid, to assist with collecting organics waste;
  • Several rolls of compostable bags as disposable liners for kitchen caddies; and
  • An information booklet on how to use the new 3-bin system.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ’s information sheet below answers some of the most common queries regarding organics bins.

This includes what exactly is organics waste!

If you have a query check here first to see if we’ve answered it! If not, refer to the Further Information section on this page below.



A-Z Waste Guide

Do you know what type of waste can go in each of your kerbside bins?

The A-Z Waste Guide below is colour-coded for quick & easy reference to help you make the right decision. It also includes waste that needs to be taken to special facilities for disposal or recycling.

Waste Guide Index

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Bag Types – what’s the difference?

It can be hard to know the difference between plastic, degradable, bio-degradable and compostable bags with all the marketing hype out there. Our checklist provides details on each type to guide better purchasing and disposal decisions.

Remember – only compostable bags can be put in organics bins!

Bag Checklist

Press Releases

The latest information on the introduction of the organics bin service can be found in the press releases below.

Organics December 2018



Organics Processing Facility

The waste collected in the new organics bins will be diverted from landfill and taken to an organics processing facility to recycle it into compost.

Here it is then pasteurised using a combination of static and forced air composting processes and tested to Australian Standards.

To find out more information on the process and see photos Click here to visit the Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council website.

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Further Information

We’re here to help! Making changes can be a challenge, but there is help available to make the transition to the new 3-Bin System as easy as possible for all residents.

Shire Office Ph: (08) 9729 0300

The Shire can be contacted for questions on bin collection days, new/repair/replacement bin orders, service charges and if you need a new bin collection calendar sent out.

Regional Waste Education Officers Ph: (08) 9711 1053

The Waste Education Officers can provide information & tours on the organics processing facility, the types of waste that go in each bin, answer waste disposal questions, provide presentations to community groups, schools and events – and more!

Look out for them at shopping centres and other public place displays in the Shire during 2019 – dates & times will be advertised prior.

Click here for the Regional Waste Education website.