Vic councils getting $127m to transition to four-bin system

Victoria’s state government has earmarked $127 million in funding to help councils to move to a four-bin household waste and recycling system.

The new system will add a purple bin for glass recycling, as well as green for food organics and garden waste, yellow for mixed recycling, and red for rubbish.

The Victorian government wants all households to have access to services for glass recycling by 2027 and for four bins to be standard across the state by 2030.

Councils will share in more than $86 million to buy and deliver new bins, with an additional $40.9 million going towards improving drop-off facilities, delivering education campaigns, and putting infrastructure in place.

The dedicated glass bin is aimed at reducing contamination of other recyclable waste like paper and cardboard.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said: “By collecting glass separately, we can make sure more of it is effectively recycled – with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple products.”

“We are working hand in hand with councils to ensure they have the resources they need to roll out these reforms in every corner of the state,” she said.