Organics (FOGO)

Your Food Organics and Garden Organics bin has a bright green lid.

Materials you can put in your FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bin

  • Food 
  • Garden organics 
  • Compostable plastic kitchen caddy liners that comply with Australian Standard AS4736-2006 (for commercial composting) used to collect and transfer food waste to the FOGO bin
  • Fibre-based kitchen caddy liners (eg paper or newspaper) used to collect and transfer food waste to the FOGO bin
Here's a comprehensive list below:
  Item Where to put it (match the numbers)


  1. Adhesive labels 
  2. Animal droppings 
  3. Baking Paper (compostable)
  4. Bamboo, timber or cardboard packaging  
  5. Bamboo cutlery, paper towels and serviettes
  6. Biodegradable plastic bags
  7. Building materials
  8. Car parts
  9. Cardboard 
  10. Cat litter
  11. Chewing gum/bubble gum
  12. Clay (some clay left on plants is fine)
  13. Clothes
  14. Ceramics (broken/chipped)
  15. Certified compostable cutlery and containers
  16. Charcoal
  17. Compostable bags (except AS AS4736-2006)
  18. Corks
  19. Dirt (some dirt left on plants is fine)
  20. Dryer lint
  21. Egg cartons
  22. Feathers
  23. Fish and chips paper wrapping
  24. Glass bottles and jars
  25. Hair (human or pet)
  26. Household waste
  27. Junk mail
  28. Kitty litter
  29. Leather products - bags, shoes, other
  30. Logs larger than 10 cm in diameter
  31. Magazines and glossy paper
  32. Medical waste (not including sharps)
  33. Metal tins and cans
  34. Milk and juice containers
  35. Nail clippings - human and pets
  36. Napkins/serviettes
  37. Nappies (flush loose faeces down toilet first)
  38. Needles and syringes
  39. Newspaper
  40. Paints and poisons
  41. Paper - shredded, dirty or oily
  42. Paper bags
  43. Paper napkins (dirty)
  44. Paper plates (dirty)
  45. Paper sugar sachets
  46. Paper towel (used)
  47. Paper towel cardboard inners
  48. Pet waste
  49. Pizza boxes
  50. Pot plants (ie still in pot)
  51. Plastic bags 
  52. Recyclable items/plastic containers
  53. Sand
  54. Shredded paper
  55. Teabags
  56. Textiles - bedding, cleaning clothes, carpets
  57. Tissues
  58. Toilet roll cardboard inners
  59. Vacuum waste
  60. Washing machine lint
  1. General Waste
  2. General Waste
  3. General Waste
  4. General Waste/Recycling (cardboard)
  5. General Waste
  6. General Waste/Home compost
  7. Bulky Waste collection
  8. Bulky Waste Collection
  9. Recycling
  10. General Waste
  11. General Waste
  12. General Waste
  13. 2nd hand store/General Waste
  14. General Waste
  15. General Waste/Home Compost
  16. General Waste/Home Compost
  17. General Waste/Home Compost
  18. General Waste
  19. General Waste/spread in the garden
  20. General Waste
  21. Recycling
  22. General Waste
  23. General Waste
  24. Recycling
  25. General Waste/Home Compost
  26. General Waste
  27. Recycling
  28. General Waste
  29. General Waste/2nd hand store
  30. Bulky waste collection
  31. Recycling
  32. General Waste
  33. Recycling
  34. Recycling
  35. General Waste
  36. General Waste
  37. General Waste
  38. Sharps container 
  39. Recycling
  40. Community Recycling Centre
  41. General Waste
  42. Recycling
  43. General Waste
  44. General Waste
  45. Recycling, if clean
  46. General Waste
  47. Recycling
  48. General Waste
  49. General Waste
  50. Plant (FOGO). Pot (Recycle/reuse) 
  51. Reuse/General Waste
  52. Recycling
  53. General Waste/Save for later
  54. General Waste
  55. General Waste/Home Compost
  56. General Waste
  57. General Waste
  58. Recycling
  59. General Waste
  60. General Waste


Bones – meat and seafood
Cereal slops
Chicken bones/skin/scraps
Coffee grinds
Compostable green liners with Australian Standard AS4736-2006
Cooking oils/fats
Curries (best if frozen)
Dairy Products
Expired food
Fish - bones, skin and scraps (store in freezer until your bin goes out for collection)
Fruit - peels, cores, seeds and scraps
Food waste
Leftover cooked food
Meat bones and skins
Meat scraps (raw or cooked)
Milk - small amount absorbed in paper towel or newspaper
Mouldy food
Oil - small amount absorbed in paper towel or newspaper
Oyster shells
Rice - cooked or uncooked
Sauces - cooked or uncooked
Seafood and shells
Skin - fish and chicken
Tea leaves
Vegetables - peels, cores, seeds and scraps

Branches (broken up)
Garden cuttings
Grass clippings
Palm fronds and palm tree nuts
Plant cuttings
Pruning (<10 cm in diameter)
Timber (untreated, unpainted, uncoated, <10 cm in diameter)
Twigs and sticks (<10 cm in diameter)


How to use your kitchen caddy

Kitchen caddies are funded by a grant from the NSW Government.

We provide 12 months' supply of kitchen caddy bags at a time.

Here are some tips for your kitchen caddy: