Glass recycling bins rolling out across Victorian councils

By Our Reporter
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As concern for the environment grows, more and more individuals and organisations are taking steps to reduce their impact on the planet. In Victoria, the implementation of new glass recycling bins across local councils is helping to divert large amounts of waste from landfills.

Acting Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today visited the City of Merri-bek to announce that new purple-lidded bins for glass are now being rolled out to residents across the municipality, with the rollout to be complete by July.

By separating glass, Victoria will be able to recycle more glass into new products and re-use more materials from the yellow mixed recycling bin due to reduced contamination from glass.

The glass bin will work alongside Victoria’s new container deposit scheme, CDS Vic, which commences on 1 November – making it easier for Victorians to recycle their glass whether they are at home or out in the community.

The City of Merri-bek will become the thirteenth early-mover council to complete the rollout of its kerbside glass service, joining Ararat, Whittlesea, Colac Otway, Hobsons Bay, Horsham, Macedon Ranges, Moyne, Pyrenees, Surf Coast, Warrnambool, City of Yarra and Yarriambiack, with other councils continuing to prepare for their rollout.

The Labor Government has invested $129 million to support all Victorian councils to buy new bins, improve drop-off facilities, deliver education campaigns and ensure they have the infrastructure in place to roll out these reforms, an official press release said.

The four-stream recycling system is a key part of the Labor Government’s waste and recycling reforms, ensuring that we meet our goal of diverting 80 per cent of all material away from landfill by 2030, including 20,000 tonnes of glass.

These reforms will create nearly 4,000 new jobs for Victorians and boost our state’s economy by up to $6.7 billion by 2030 – backed by the Government’s $515 million investment to deliver the biggest ever transformation of the waste and recycling sector in our state’s history.

This significant investment includes $380 million to deliver our circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy, which will further reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.

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