Kerbside bin service

Surf Coast Shire has a four-bin kerbside collection system:

Green-lidded FOGO bin

Bin-FOGO.gif All food scraps go in this bin along with your garden waste, the same as Anglesea households have done since 2018.

This is called a FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) collection.

Your FOGO bin is collected weekly in urban areas, and fortnightly in rural areas*.

The two biggest benefits of a FOGO collection are:

  • Food and other organic materials will be turned into a resource – compost – that will be used by farmers.
  • Composting creates much less methane (a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide) than if we dispose of FOGO in landfill.

Learn more about the FOGO bin


*If you are a rural resident that receives Council’s kerbside collection service:

  • Your 240L landfill bin has been changed to a green-lidded FOGO bin for organics.
  • You have received a 140L red-lidded landfill bin.

If you have not received the new lid and new landfill bin, let us know now.

Yellow-lidded Recycling bin

The recycling bin collects many recyclable household materials, keeping them from landfill.Bin-Recycling.gif

This bin is collected every fortnight.

It accepts the following recyclable material:

  • Plastics numbered 1-5
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

Glass is now collected in a separate kerbside bin.

Find out more about what can go in the recycling bin

Purple-lidded Glass-only bin

Bin-Glass.gif Glass bottles and jars (without lids) go in this bin which is collected every four weeks.

The type of glass accepted includes:

  • Jars that held food
  • Drink bottles
  • Beauty product jars
  • Medicine/vitamin bottles

Please remove lids and place in the landfill bin.

We conducted a trial in November 2019 to test the bin size and collection frequency, and to gain feedback from local households.

Benefits to getting the glass out of the yellow recycling bin include:

  • Co-mingled recyclable materials collected in the shire will be free from glass contamination.
  • Council can choose how the glass is reused or recycled, so there will be more transparency and control in managing this stream.
  • Some facilities that recycle materials won’t accept glass as it can be very wearing on sorting equipment. Having our glass separated gives us more options for processing our other recyclables if there are issues with sorting facilities in future, making our service more resilient.

Red-lidded Landfill bin

Bin-Landfill.gif This remains the bin for other general household waste.

This bin is collected every fortnight.

Our audits showed that 40% of what used to go in this bin was food waste, and a further 16% was recyclable material.

Putting these in the correct bin makes a fortnightly collection adequate.

Find out more about the landfill bin