Green Waste

Order a food and garden organics bin

Our green waste collection is an opt-in and payable service.

If you own a residence you can order a food and garden organics bin online or call Customer Service on 9249 4000 to organise a new service.

If you’re renting, speak to your landlord about getting a food and garden organics bin as they need to order it on your behalf.

Collection day

Green waste is collected once per fortnight on the same day as your garbage, alternating with your recycling collection. Download our waste collection calendar for details.

Material is taken for processing at Veolia’s organic processing facility in Bulla. It is placed in a large vessel for 10 days then turned into nutrient rich compost and mulch. These products remain on-site to mature for a few weeks and are then used on farms and gardens.

What goes in your food and garden organics bin

  • grass clippings
  • weeds
  • ivy and creepers
  • twigs and small branches
  • bamboo
  • leaves
  • flowers
  • straw and hay.
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • meat, seafood, bones
  • dairy (cheese, butter, yogurt)
  • eggs and their shells
  • bread, pasta, cereal
  • leftovers
  • spoiled food
  • loose coffee grounds and tea leaves.

What doesn’t go in your food and garden organics bin

  • plastics
  • biodegradable and compostable bags/bin liners
  • nappies
  • garbage
  • coffee pods, tea bags
  • paper, cardboard, paper towel, tissue
  • glass
  • tree stumps and roots
  • soil
  • foam
  • metal, gas bottles, cans, tin, star pickets, gardening tools, wire
  • building materials, concrete, brick, tiles, rubble, glass
  • kitty litter
  • animal droppings
  • oil.

Tips to reduce the chance of odours and pests

  1. layer food with garden waste. When possible place grass clippings or garden pruning’s at the base of the bin before adding food waste
  2. store your food and garden organics bin in the shade
  3. don't overfill your bin to make sure the lid stays closed
  4. put your green bin out for collection even if the bin isn’t full
  5. sprinkle bicarb soda and a squeeze of lemon juice or eucalyptus/lavender/mint oil at the bottom of your bin and caddy
  6. let hot food cool down before placing it in your caddy or bin
  7. clean and dry your kitchen caddy regularly.

Kitchen caddy giveaway

With every new FOGO bin order, you'll receive a complimentary kitchen caddy while stock lasts. This is to make collating food scraps easier to then deposit into your food and garden organics bin.

The kitchen caddy has 7 litres capacity with a lid and handle, and made from 100% recycled material.

Bin liners do not go in food and garden organics bins

Lining a kitchen caddy makes it easier to clean. However, none of the below listed items are permitted to go in your food and garden organics bin as they cannot be processed at the organics processing facility.

  • newspaper
  • paper towel
  • bin liner (plastic or compostable).

If you decide to line your bin you must place that liner into your garbage waste bin.

Any non-permitted items placed in the food and garden organics bin spoils the load and cannot be processed.

Contact us

If you have any questions about green waste you can reach us at or 9249 4000.