The four-bin system is already in use in the Macedon Ranges.

City of Whittlesea residents will soon receive new purple-lidded bins in readiness for the new glass recycling service due to begin later this year.

Close to 90,000 bins will soon make their way to all households that currently have a council-provided rubbish and recycling bin, in line with the State Government’s requirement of a standardised four-bin waste and recycling system for all councils.

Bins will be delivered across August and September and residents are encouraged to start using the bin as soon as they receive it, ready for the first collection, which is expected to begin in early October.

Glass recycling bins will be collected once every four weeks, on the same day of the week as the regular bin collection. Information will be sent to all households detailing collection days ahead of the first pick up.

Administrator Peita Duncan said the addition of glass recycling bins would improve the overall quality of all the recycling that was collected, meaning more of it could be recycled and kept out of landfill.

“Glass often breaks during collection and can get lodged into other recyclables, such as paper and cardboard, making it difficult to recycle,” she said.

“By separating glass in a different bin, we can remove this contaminant and turn your old glass bottles and jars into new bottles, or even road base.

“The new glass recycling bins are also made with 80 per cent recycled content, which is just one example of how we are supporting a circular economy.”

The following items can be placed into the glass recycling bin: glass soft drink, juice, water and milk bottles; beer, wine and spirit bottles; sauce, condiments and oil bottles and jars; medicine bottles; vitamin and supplement bottles and jars; and bottles and jars from toiletries and cosmetics, such as lotions, gels and creams.

For more information visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/glassrecycling.

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