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Help shape our approach to glass recycling

Help shape our approach to glass recycling

Thursday, February 24, 2022

To meet the Victorian Government’s requirement of a standardised four-bin waste and recycling system, the City of Whittlesea is planning for a new household glass recycling service to be rolled out in the second half of 2022.

To help us prepare for the introduction of the new service, we’re surveying residents to find out what you think about how the service will be delivered and to make sure any information we send you in the lead up to your first collection answers any questions you may have.

Council currently provides residents with both a general waste bin and a mixed recycling bin, as well as an opt-in food and garden organics waste bin. Soon we will also be providing a 120 litre purple lidded bin for glass recycling. This bin will be emptied monthly.

While all households in Victoria must have access to a glass recycling service by 2027, Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the City of Whittlesea’s strong commitment to sustainability was driving a fast-tracked introduction of the service.

“We know through the development of the Rethinking Waste Plan that our community is committed to reducing waste and keeping it out of landfill so we want to deliver the best recycling services we can as soon as possible,” she said.

Ms Wilson said a separate bin was needed for glass as it often broke during the collection process, making it difficult to separate from other materials.

“Keeping the glass separate will mean more material will be able to be recycled into valuable products used to create reusable items like bottles and jars. Recycled glass can even be used in road base, which Council did when resurfacing Yale Drive in Epping in 2021.

“Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by 68,000 tonnes each year and the amount of waste generated per person by 20 per cent are just some of the targets set out in Council’s Rethinking Waste Plan.” 

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