Kerbside bin service

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

Green-lidded FOGO bin

Bin-FOGO.gif All food scraps and leftovers go in this bin along with your garden waste.

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

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:

  • Rigid plastics numbered 1,2 or 5
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Cardboard

Glass is collected in a separate kerbside bin.

Find out more about what can go in the recycling bin

Purple-lidded Glass-only bin

Bin-Glass.gifGlass 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.

Benefits to collecting glass separate from other recyclables include:

  • Co-mingled recyclable materials collected in the shire are free from glass contamination.
  • Council had more options on 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, making our service more resilient.

Red-lidded Landfill bin

Bin-Landfill.gif This is the bin for other general household waste that isn't accepted in the other three bins.

This bin is collected every fortnight.

Our audits showed that when your waste is sorted properly (food and other organics in the FOGO bin, and recyclables in their correct bins), a fortnightly collection adequate for most households.

Find out more about the landfill bin