Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)

Green Bin


Vegetable peelings
Fruit scraps
Egg shells
Tea bags
Coffee grounds
Fallen leaves and fruit
Cereal, pasta and bread plus cake and pastry items
All meat scraps, fat and bones including chicken
All grass clippings, prunings and weeds
All fish scraps and bones
Office paper, newspaper and cardboard
Pizza boxes clean or with food scraps
Paper towel
Paper plates
Serviettes or napkins
Pet hair or fur
Fruit stones e.g. peach stones and avocado seeds
Dead animals
Dead flowers
Dairy items such as cheese
All leftovers

Compostable caddy liners -Australian Standard (AS4736)



  • Put ALL food waste in your green food and garden waste bin which is collected weekly.

  • Put your FOGO waste bin out on the verge the night before collection every week even if it is not full.

  • If your waste bin is missed or damaged please phone JR Richards Waste Hotline on 1300 725 415

  • Use a piece of paper towel or newspaper in the base of a kitchen caddy to sop up small amounts of liquid or moisture in the caddy.

  • Keep your green bin as dry as possible. Please do not place liquids into the food and green waste bin, caution should be taken when tipping liquids down the kitchen sink also. Line with newspaper, cardboard or lawn clippings before adding food scraps to soak up any moisture and prevent any loose food waste from sticking to the bottom of the bin. Alternate food scraps with a layer of leaves or lawn clippings or weeds to reduce odours and prevent flies form accessing food waste. Allow grass clippings to dry before placing them in the bin.

  • Any extra paper or cardboard recycling that won’t fit into the yellow lidded recycling bin can be placed in the food and green waste bin.

  • Ensure the lid of your bin is completely closed to reduce odours and risk of vermin.

  • Cut down oversized garden waste to ensure the lid of the bin can always be closed

  • If your bin is lost or stolen please submit the Lost and Stolen Bin Declaration or phone Council on (02) 6333 6100.

  • For more information on food waste as well as how to avoid it, storage and shopping tips and some fantastic recipes visit

Inside your Home - Use a Kitchen Caddy for Food Waste

  • Remember that all food waste should be placed in the green bin which is collected weekly. Use a kitchen caddy to make this easier.
  • Sort and separate food waste, recyclables and general waste at the source. As well as using your kitchen caddy for food scraps, consider having two small bins - one for recyclables and one for general waste.
  • Keep the lids on all your bins tightly closed, especially the kitchen food waste bin. This prevents flies and pests getting into your waste and laying eggs.
  • Keep all food covered and put scraps in the kitchen food waste bin straight away. Leaving food waste exposed allows flies to lay eggs.
  • Double-wrap meat, bones and unwanted pet food as this will help reduce the smell and stop flies.
  • Place left-over meat, prawn shells and similar food scraps in the freezer until collection day.
  • Drain or wash excess liquids from food scraps before putting them in your kitchen bin. Line your food waste caddy with paper towel to soak up wet residues.
  • Keep your kitchen food waste bin out of direct sunlight, preferably in a cupboard to prevent flies.
  • Empty your kitchen food waste bin frequently, either every day or every second day.
  • Wipe up spills inside your kitchen bin and wash or disinfect regularly both inside and out.
  • You can continue to compost at home. Council’s food and garden waste green bin can take many things you can’t compost at home such as citrus, bread, bones, seafood, chicken and meat, tea bags and paper products.
  • Wash hands and work surfaces after contact with waste.
  • Rinse all solid food packaging (recyclable and non-recyclable) before putting it in the yellow and red bins. Rinsing yoghurt pots, meat trays and other packaging will help reduce smells.
  • Try not to buy, prepare or throw away more food than you need to. Plan your food menus and use your leftovers – there are many internet sites that can show you how.
  • Visit Love Food Hate Waste for tips on how to cut down your food wastage, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Look up when your waste will be collected here....