What goes in each bin?

This page provides information on what can be placed in your three kerbside bins.

The City of Bayswater was an early adopter of the three-bin system, which includes the following kerbside bins:

FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics)

  • Lime green lid
  • Collects food scraps, garden cuttings and food-soiled compostable items.
  • 240L capacity; collected weekly
  • Maximum 70kg


  • Yellow lid
  • Collects the five – paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, and aluminium and steel cans.
  • 240L capacity; collected fortnightly
  • Maximum 70kg

General Waste

  • Red lid
  • Collects household waste (excluding food and garden waste, recycling and hazardous waste)
  • 240L capacity; collected fortnightly
  • Maximum 70kg

See more information about the City's waste services in the Waste and Recycling Guide.

Some residents living in a multi-unit development such as a townhouse, apartment or unit have a shared bulk bin collection instead of kerbside bins. If this is your situation, the information below on what goes in your general waste bin may be different for you. If you don't have a FOGO or Garden Organics bin, continue to put your food scraps and garden organics in the red-lidded general waste bin.


Your lime green-lidded FOGO bin is for food organics, garden organics and other compostable items, and is collected weekly.

Why did we move to FOGO?

The less we send to landfill, the better for our environment. Right now, up to half the contents of our red-lid general waste bin is organic material that ends up in landfill. Under the FOGO system, we can divert this organic material from landfill and turn it into compost. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a positive and lasting impact on our environment.

The WA State Government requires all local governments in Perth and Peel to move to FOGO by 2025. The City's early adoption of FOGO is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce waste and reduce greenhouse gases. Reducing the amount sent to landfill will also help minimise future landfill charges for disposal of organic waste

Maximum 70kg

Place these items in your lime-green lid FOGO bin: 

All food organics including:

Tick Vegetable and fruit scraps
Tick Meat and bones
Tick Seafood
Tick Eggshells
Tick Teabags and coffee grinds
Tick Dairy products
Tick Take away food (no containers).

Garden organics:

Tick Grass clippings
Tick Prunings, cuttings, trimmings
Tick Twigs and sticks
Tick Palm fronds
Tick Weeds.

Other compostable items, including:

Tick Animal droppings
Tick Hair
Tick Paper products with food oil on them (e.g. pizza boxes)
Tick Tissues, paper towel and shredded paper. 

Tick Certified Compostable Liners to Australian Standard AS 4736 - look for the seedling logo

Do not place these items in your FOGO bin:

 No products you currently put in your yellow lid recycling bin 
 No plastic bags (bread bags, shopping bags or garbage bags)
 No plastic packaging (bubble wrap)
 No nappies (including both disposable and cloth nappies)
 No personal hygiene products
 No treated and painted timber

 No sand or soil
 No building products
 No metals
 No glass
 No plastic plant pots, garden hoses, seedling trays or garden tools
 No textiles (e.g. old clothing or cloth nappies).

Why is it important to put the right things in my FOGO bin?

Putting non-compostable items in your FOGO bin can reduce the quality of the end product. FOGO materials are processed over 8-12 weeks to assist in breaking down food scraps, garden cuttings and certified compostable liners. Non-FOGO items (particularly plastic and glass) are very difficult to remove, and therefore may end up in the end product used on your garden. If it didn’t live or grow, it’s not FOGO.

See what happens to your FOGO materials once it gets picked up from your verge here.


Your yellow-lidded Recycling bin is for co-mingled recyclables, and is collected fortnightly,

Maximum 70kg

Place these items in your yellow lid recycling bin:

Tick Glass bottles and jars - rinsed and lids removed
Tick Paper - not shredded (including newspaper and magazines)
Tick Cardboard - flattened
Tick Plastic bottles and containers - clean, empty and no lids
Tick Steel and aluminium cans - clean and empty.


Keep recyclables:

  • Loose, never in bags
  • Rinsed and free from food residue
  • Lids off

Do not place these items in your yellow lid recycling bin:

 No aerosol cans or gas bottles
 No batteries or electronic items
 No clothes or textiles
 No materials in plastic bags
 No nappies, hygiene or sanitary products
 No soft plastics (e.g. plastic bags and wrappers)
 No ropes, cables or hose

 No coffee cups
 No UHT cartons (e.g. long-life milk, soy milk).

Why is it important to put the right things in my recycling bin?

Once collected, separated and processed, recycled items become valuable materials that can be used to produce new products. Some items are recycled into the same product (like bottles becoming new bottles), while others are recycled into completely new products (like cans into car parts, or glass into roadbase). Recycling produces new jobs so the economy grows, which is great when some materials, like steel and aluminium cans, can be recycled unlimitedly.

Making sure we only recycle the five means that we’re able to create a cleaner stream to sell to market, so that we can continue to recycle and send less to landfill.

See what happens to your recyclable materials once it gets picked up from your verge, here.


General waste

Your red-lidded General Waste bin is for general rubbish items, and is collected fortnightly.

Maximum 70kg

Place these items in your red lid general waste bin:

Tick General rubbish items

Tick Soft plastics
Tick Hygiene products, including face masks

Tick Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) kits

Tick Kitty Litter
Tick Nappies
Tick Polystyrene, foam and soft plastic packaging
Tick Coffee pods

Tick Meat trays
Tick Disposable coffee cups
Tick UHT cartons with silver linings (e.g. long-life milk)
Tick Unusable clothing and textiles

Tick Garden hose and rope

Do not place these items in your red lid general waste bin:

 No food organics or garden organics
 No clean recyclables
 No hazardous waste including aerosols, light globes, chemicals or batteries
 No hot ashes or liquids
 No sand or soil
 No building products (bricks, tiles etc.).

What if I want to reduce what I put in my general waste bin?

Some of the items listed above can be recycled or reused, but not through your kerbside recycling bin. Here’s where you can take them instead of putting them in your general waste bin:

  • Clothing can be donated to charity shops, if it is in good condition (e.g. if it is good enough that you would give it to a friend). Visit https://www.charitybins.com.au/perth/ to find a charity drop-off point near you.
  • If the clothing is not in a condition suitable for donation, consider recycling it through textile recycling organisation, UPPAREL.
  • Some brands of coffee pods/capsules can be recycled, by dropping them off at a collection point or posting them. Nespresso accepts Nespresso-branded coffee capsules for recycling at various locations. Several brands of coffee pods/capsules offer collection programs through TerraCycle.
  • Polystyrene can be taken to the Baywaste Transfer Station free of charge by City of Bayswater residents. This gets transported for recycling, to be made into household items like photo frames.

Treat landfill as the last resort.


FOGO and waste sorting in other languages

Brochures about the FOGO service are available in several languages:


Find out more

Schedule a FOGO presentation with a waste education officer: The presentation will cover how the FOGO system will help the environment, how the move to FOGO will work, how to use your kitchen caddy, what goes in your FOGO bin and other kerbside bins, and will provide opportunities for your questions to be answered. 


Recycle Right

Want more information? Download the Recycle Right WA app or visit recycleright.wa.gov.au for an A-Z guide for your recycling, FOGO and general waste bins, plus find your nearest drop off point for items that don’t belong in any bin.


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