In late 2021 and early 2022, City of Parramatta Council invited community feedback regarding the introduction of a Food and Garden Organic waste collection service.

This survey concluded at 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The results of the survey and further workshops will be presented to Council for consideration in 2022.

Tenders will then be sought for roll out of the endorsed service option in 2024, when Council's waste contracts renew.

To view the options presented in the survey, please see Resources and Frequently Asked Questions.

What is meant by Food and Garden Organic Waste?

Food Organics and Garden Organics include meat, bones, bread and dairy scraps as well fruit and vegetable waste.

All of this can be recycled, rather than sent to landfill.

For this reason, Council is proposing to change the way your waste is currently collected.

We invited you to provide feedback on some options Council was considering! Some of the key changes under consideration included:

  • In future, you would place your food and garden waste into the green-lidded bin for weekly collection.
  • As a result, your red-lidded bin could change from a weekly to fortnightly collection service, or to a smaller size.
  • There would be no change to the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

None of the options being put forward would reduce the overall bin space provided per household per week.

Below are some interesting facts and frequently asked questions (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Frequently asked questions

Almost half of the waste in our red-lidded general waste bin is food waste. When food waste is sent to landfill, it degrades and generates harmful greenhouse gases.

Food and garden organics are a valuable resource. If collected and processed appropriately, it can be turned into compost that can be used in parks, sportsfields, and farms.

The NSW government has set the target for all households in NSW to have a food waste collection service by 2030. With Council’s waste contracts ending in 2024, now is the perfect time for us to start planning for our future waste services so that they can deliver great outcomes for our environment, and our community.

Food waste degrades in landfills and produces harmful greenhouse gases.

Council is proposing that the food waste is to be placed into your existing green-lidded garden organics bin and collected weekly.

There are a number of benefits to collecting food and garden organics separately to the general waste.

  • When collected separately, these materials can be processed into compost that can be used to improve the soils in our parks, sportsfields and farms.
  • Keeping these materials out of landfill, also avoids dangerous greenhouse gases.
  • The cost to process food and organic waste that has been collected separately to general wastes is also less than the cost of sending this material to landfill.

No. Council is simply exploring the different options available which will help us reach our target to divert 85% of our waste from landfill by 2038, while also aligning with the NSW Government policy directions for all households to have food waste collection services by 2030.

The current service provides a 140 litre red-bin for general household waste collected weekly; a 240 litre yellow bin collected fortnightly and a 240 litre green bin for garden waste collected fortnightly. The current cost for collection and disposal is $349.49 with a potential diversion from landfill of 58%.

Council intends to roll out bins as part of the new waste service to all households.

Council is exploring options to introduce food and organics collections for all housing types. The number of bins and frequency of collection will depend on the size /density of the complex and space available to store bins.

With food waste moving into the green lidded bin with your garden waste, the collection of these bins (the FOGO bins) would be moved to weekly.

Modelling of the different options based on current charge rates for collection and processing of landfill and organics indicate that the introduction of a food and organics (FOGO) service will cost less than continuing to send our food waste to landfill.

The cost difference between each of the 4 options being presented is influenced by the size and collection frequency of the red-lidded general waste bin. A weekly collection of the garbage bin will cost more than a fortnightly collection. Similarly, a bigger bin will cost more than a smaller bin.

The key difference between the four options being presented is the size and collection frequency of the red-lidded general waste bin. A weekly collection of the garbage bin will cost more than a fortnightly collection. Similarly, a bigger bin will cost more than a smaller bin.

The feedback provided through this community engagement will help inform any future changes to the red bin. We want to understand which options are most desirable, and which options people would be willing to accept.

While this would ultimately be up to the successful tenderer, most FOGO processors accept all food items such as fruit and vegetable scraps, meat products, bread, pasta, rice, dairy products, tea and coffee grounds, as well as small bones and shellfish.

The green-lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) can be used for items that you might not currently compost, such as dairy, bones, meat/fish scraps and weeds.

With the introduction of a food and organics (FOGO) service, you will actually receive double the capacity in the green lidded bin over the period of a fortnight, as the green-lidded FOGO bin would now be collected weekly instead of fortnightly.


If you need assistance, or you would you like information in another language or format, please contact the Waste Team via 1300 617 058 or

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.


市议会致力于确保每个人都能获得所需要的信息。如果您需要以其它语言或格式获取信息,请致电 1300 617 058 或发送电邮至

如果您希望以其它语言进行电话交谈,请致电 131 450 联系 TIS 全国服务中心获取免费传译服务。告诉他们您想与 Parramatta 市议会通话和您选用的语言,他们就会为您接通。

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