Merriang Special Development School student Angel celebrating her chosen name Gilbert for City of Whittlesea’s new glass recycling mascot. ​

The City of Whittlesea’s newest recycling mascot, Gilbert the glass recycler, has joined the campaign to help inform the community on the recently introduced glass recycling service.

Since mid-October, almost 340,000 kilograms of glass bottles and jars have been collected across the municipality.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said it was pleasing to find many community members quickly involved in the new service

“We are one of the first metropolitan councils to have rolled out a separate glass recycling bin for residents and to have collected so much in the first few weeks shows what a great job our community have done to sort and separate their recycling,” she said.

“All of the glass collected is taken to Visy Recycling, where it is processed and turned into new glass bottles and jars.”

Ms Wilson congratulated Merriang Special Development School student Angel for creating the winning name of Gilbert after a call out to school student to help name the mascot.

“It was a difficult task picking a name out of the many wonderful suggestions received, but we think Gilbert is a fitting name for our new mascot,” she said.

“Gilbert will join Reggie the Recycler and Connie the Composter as our recycling mascots, and you are sure to see them as we continue to share information about waste and recycling across the City of Whittlesea.”

For more information on glass recycling, or to download a personalised 12-month bin collection calendar, visit