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Three Bin FOGO system 

The Three-Bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system was rolled out to the Town of East Fremantle in July 2019. The FOGO waste service provides a separate bin for the collection of food waste and garden waste to create a high quality compost.

The FOGO system provides residents with greater separation for their household waste, increasing diversion from landfill and avoiding organic waste going to landfill producing harmful methane gas.

2021-22 THREE BIN - WASTE CALENDAR

THE FOGO BIN(Collected Weekly)  

Lime-green lidded FOGO bin :

All food organics including raw and cooked meat, bread, dairy, bones, shells, and garden organics. 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 food is removed from packaging before being placed in the bin as any plastic packaging can contaminate the compost.

You can also place pet droppings and kitty litter either straight into the bin or in a compostable liner, however, biodegradable plastic liners are not to go into your FOGO bin; only compostable liners as they will break down naturally in the composting process.

Remember, cardboard, shredded paper, and newspaper can also go in the FOGO bin. 

For a full A-Z on what goes in each bin A-Z Waste Guide or refer to the 2021-22 THREE BIN - WASTE CALENDAR 

Where Can I Get Compostable Liners?

To purchase liners online visit CompostaPak Cardia Coles  Zero Store

For more information on Compostable liners Click Here 

For buying liners online from Compostapak Click Here

What is the difference between compostable bags and plastic bags?

Compostable = degrades in a natural biological process producing only carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass, with no visible or distinguishable toxic residue. Unlike plastic bags, compostable liners are made of organic fibers from corn and wheat, which break down much quicker than degradable and plastic bags. Other options to use in your FOGO bin other than compostable liners include newspaper or simply having your food waste lose in the FOGO bin.

Biodegradable - The term biodegradable doesn’t mean anything because everything is biodegradable eventually. The problem is, in Australia, regular plastic bags are being labeled ‘Biodegradable’. This misleads consumers to think these bags are made from plant matter and will return to nature which isn’t always the case. Unlike Australia in other countries, there is legislation to prevent the term “biodegradable” being used on products that do not break down naturally into the environment.

‘Degradable and OXO Degradable bags’ are made from normal plastic and have an ingredient which makes them break down faster. Plastic and degradable bags are made of petroleum and do not break down into organic material, instead, they break down into smaller particles of plastic.

FOGO Processing 

How to Line your FOGO Caddy with Newspaper

THE RECYCLING BIN(Collected Fortnightly)

Yellow lidded recycling bin: Recyclable materials including:

  • Paper (excluding shredded paper)

  • Cardboard (flattened)

  • Glass (clean and empty)

  • Plastic containers and plastic bottles (clean and empty)

  • Aluminium cans (clean and empty)

  • Steel cans (clean and empty).

All items should be clean, dry, and empty with lids removed and placed in the bin loosely.

For a full A-Z on what goes in each bin Click Here or refer to the 2021-22 THREE BIN - WASTE CALENDAR

What goes in the Recycling Bin?

For a Print Friendly Version Click Here 

Items that don't belong in the recycling bin 

For all local governments in the Perth Metropolitan Area, there have been changes regarding what can and can’t be recycled in your recycle bin.

These changes are part of an effort to reduce contamination and make recycling easier for everyone.

A clear and consistent list of items that go into your kerbside recycling bin will lead to cost effective and improved recycling outcomes for Western Australia.  

For a full A-Z on what goes in each bin Click Here

Special Recycling Items 

Some waste materials can't be processed in kerbside bins, either because they contain hazardous materials or because they contaminate waste streams. For this reason, the Town offers the collection of some specialist materials 

For a full A-Z on what goes in each bin Click Here

The Town Hall, 135 Canning Highway has a special collection drop off point for hard to recycle items:

  • Batteries
  • Mobile Phones
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Plastic Bottle Caps
  • Pens
  • Bread Tags 

COMPUTERS AND IT

For recycling of old computer equipment including desktops, notebooks, servers, monitors, printers, cables and other items, contact:

  • Fremantle Recycle Centre 1300 693 736

X-RAYS

  • WMRC 60 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park 6008

SOLAR PANELS

  • Total Green Recycling 16-30 Sheffield Road, Welshpool 9258 6009
  • Fremantle Recycling Centre 1300 693 736

MATTRESSES

CLOTHING AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

  • Fremantle Recycle Centre
  • Items can also be donated to charity, for more information visit GIV.org.au

MEDICAL WASTE

  • Medical or biohazardous waste should never be put in any bin.
  • Please check with your health care provider as to the correct method for disposal or visit Health Engine

THE GENERAL WASTE BIN (Collected Fortnightly)

Your General Waste Bin is for:

  •  Nappies and hygiene products
  • Soft plastics and packaging (bread bags, chip packets, lolly wrappers)
  • Polystyrene
  • All meat trays
  • All coffee cups and coffee pods
  • Long life cartons (Tetrapaks)

For a full A-Z on what goes in each bin Click Here or refer to the 2021-22 THREE BIN - WASTE CALENDAR

If you would like to recycle plastic bags and soft plastics:

Please take all soft plastics (except cling wrap) to REDcycle bins in major supermarkets (Woolworths and Coles).

What goes in the General Waste bin?

The General Waste bin is the last place for waste, General waste items are those that are inorganic and cannot be recycled.

What is REDcycle?

you collect

  • Collect all the soft plastics that you can’t recycle at home. This includes plastic bags, lolly wrappers, chip packets, and other scrunchable plastics.  
  • Please ensure they are dry and as empty as possible.

you drop

  • Drop your soft plastics into your nearest REDcycle collection bin and RED Group will do the rest.
  • REDcycle bins near East Fremantle are located at:
    • Woolworths Palmyra, Stammers Shopping Centre, 265 Canning Highway
    • Coles Fremantle, Cnr Cantonment & Goldsbrough Sts, Fremantle 
  • REDcycle bins are typically located near the checkout. There are currently a few different types of REDcycle bins in use depending on the store so please ask at the customer service desk if you can’t locate the bin.

They recycle 

  • The collected plastic is returned to RED Group’s facility for initial processing, then delivered to Victorian manufacturer Replas where it undergoes an incredible transformation.
  • Replas uses the material as the resource to produce a huge range of recycled-plastic products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more.

 Bin Tagging

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) is implementing a bin audit and education program on behalf of the Town, as part of the rollout of the new 3-bin FOGO system.

The tagging program will be implemented in the City of Melville, City of Fremantle, and Town of East Fremantle. The program is aimed at educating residents about how to use the new system and providing them with individual feedback to improve their efforts at home. The program will focus on education rather than enforcement.  Click here for further information