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A new 4-bin waste service is coming to Merri-bek in July 2023

By January 27, 2023February 2nd, 2023No Comments
Glass recycling, mixed recycling, general rubbish, food and garden organics

There will be changes to the number of bins you have, the size of your bins, and how often they are picked up.

The 4-bin service will help reduce waste sent to landfill and improve the quality of recyclables in Victoria.

From July 2023, you will need to sort your waste into 4 different bins:

  • Food and garden organics bin (light green lid), collected weekly
  • Mixed recycling bin (yellow lid), collected every 2 weeks
  • Glass recycling bin (purple lid), collected every 4 weeks
  • General rubbish bin (red or dark green lid), which will continue to be collected weekly.

Your new bins will be delivered between March and June 2023 in stages.

We understand that not all households have room to store 4 bins. Most people living in units and apartments will use shared bins with their neighbours. Some residents will need to take their glass bottles and jars to a glass recycling drop-off point. In February, we will mail you information if it affects you.

The Victorian Government is standardising household waste and recycling services across the state. All Victorian council kerbside waste services will move to a 4-bin system.

Small acts like sorting your waste into 4 bins can make a big impact. By separating your waste into 4 bins, more of your recycling can be turned into new things, like glass jars, compost and mulch.

By putting your food scraps in the food and garden organics bin, we can almost halve the amount of waste sent to landfill.

More information on our new 4-bin system

For more information on how the new 4-bin service will affect your household, please visit our new 4-bin service page on Conversations Merri-bek.

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes, email us at or call 03 9240 1111

Get ready for the new 4-bin service by thinking about how you can reduce your waste and checking that you are sorting your waste correctly now.