New recycling system on its way

The new purple lid bins will be gradually rolled out from next year. Picture: SUPPLIED

Yarra Ranges Council will work with the State Government to roll out a new recycling system over the next few years.

On 24 February, the State Government announced that Victoria will adopt a container deposit scheme and households will get a fourth bin for glass recycling.

The new purple lid bins will be gradually rolled out from next year, while the container deposit scheme will be designed and delivered in close consultation with councils so it can begin by 2023.

Yarra Ranges mayor Richard Higgins said waste and recycling services will continue operating as usual until at least 2023.

“Yarra Ranges will be working with the State Government as they begin planning their new recycling system for Victoria, this will take a number of years to implement,” he said.

“Any changes to waste and recycling collection, such as the potential introduction of new services or changes to existing services, will be communicated to residents well in advance.

“In the meantime, we’ll be working to ensure our future services continue to meet the needs of the community and minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

The State Government also announced, on 25 February, that a further $100 million will be spent on driving research into the recycling industry, expanding the local processing and manufacturing industry, creating more products from recyclable materials and supporting new local jobs.

The changes are all part of a $129 million package to reform kerbside recycling and 10-year plan to reduce waste and create sustainable industries.