Residential Waste Services

The Shire recently introduced the 3-bin FOGO system in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Below is some useful information to assist you in better understanding the 3-bin system.

View your waste calendar here: Waste services calendar


The New 3-bin FOGO System

Get to know what to put in what bin. Correctly sorting waste, helps to reduce what goes to landfill and creates a cleaner compost.

Find out what to put in each bin below:

TIP: If it once grew then it goes in the FOGO bin. 

What happens to my waste? 

Search items that go in each bin.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

If you have a question 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 the waste that needs to be taken to special facilities for disposal or recycling.

Waste Guide Index

Search items that go in each bin

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 the FOGO bin.

Bag Checklist


Until recently, soft plastics could be placed in your yellow-topped kerbside recycling bin.

Now that we understand more about what happens to our plastic waste in China, we advise you to take your soft plastic to a REDcycle bin where we know it is reprocessed in Australia.


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 Phone: (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 and tours to the organics processing facility, the types of waste that goes in each bin, answer waste disposal questions, provide presentations to community groups, schools and events – and more.

More information on the Watch Your Waste website