Glass recycling bin
To comply with State Government legislation, Mildura Rural City Council will introduce a new household glass recycling service in November 2023.
This will help improve the quality of our recycling and ensure glass materials can be turned into new products for re-use locally.
The Frequently Asked Questions below are designed to answer all your questions about this new service. We will update these regularly and provide more information as details are confirmed.
Call us on 03 5018 8100 and ask to speak with a member of our Waste Management team.
Why do we need a separate glass recycling service?
The State Government is standardising household waste and recycling services, to make Victoria’s future recycling system more sustainable.
Under the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021, all Victorian councils must provide a standard, four-stream waste and recycling system to households by 2030.
This will ensure that more of what we dispose of can be recovered and recycled into new things.
What is wrong with putting glass in with other recyclables?
Glass often breaks during the collection process which contaminates other valuable materials such as paper and cardboard, reducing their quality and ability to be recycled.
Keeping glass separate means more materials can be recycled into valuable products and ultimately keeps more materials out of landfill.
What will the glass recycling service look like?
Households with access to a kerbside bin service will receive a fourth 120L purple-lid bin for glass recycling, to be emptied once a month.
Glass recycling drop-off points will be set up at rural transfer stations for residents who do not have access to the kerbside service.
What can I put in the glass recycling bin?
The same glass items that you can currently put in your mixed recycling bin, i.e.
- Glass jars (empty, lightly rinsed): pasta sauce, jam, condiments etc.
- Glass bottles (empty, lightly rinsed): oil, wine, sauce, cordial, champagne, beer, spirit etc.
Broken glass bottles and jars can also go in your glass recycling bin.
Put all other glass items in your red-lid rubbish bin.
What cannot go in the glass recycling bin?
Different types of glass melt at different temperatures, and so can’t all be recycled. This is why some glass items cannot be put in the glass recycling bin, including:
- Drinking glasses
- Broken windows or mirrors
- Broken light bulbs
- Glass or ceramic cooking dishes
- Perfume or makeup containers
Dispose of these non-recyclable glass items in your red-lid rubbish bin.
Is broken glass allowed in the glass recycling bin?
Broken glass jars or bottles can be put in your glass recycling bin. It is also OK if a glass bottle or jar breaks when you place it into the bin. Leave the glass containers whole where possible, otherwise this may make the bin too heavy for collection.
All other types of broken glass or glass materials should be placed in your red-lid rubbish bin.
Does the glass need to be clean?
Empty and lightly rinse your glass bottles and jars, however they don’t need to be spotless.
What do we do with lids and labels from glass bottles and jars?
Labels can stay on glass bottles and jars.
Metal lids can be recycled in the yellow-lid recycling bin and plastic lids are disposed of in the red-lid rubbish bin.
How big will the glass recycling bin be?
120L, the same size as your red-lid rubbish bin.
How often will the glass recycling bin be emptied?
Once a month.
Collection schedules are currently being designed and will be communicated to residents before the service is scheduled to commence.
What will happen to the glass that is collected?
A new glass re-processing facility will be established at the Mildura Landfill site where all glass will be crushed and available for use in maintenance and construction projects. This will have significant economic benefits for the region, by creating new jobs in construction and operations.
When will the glass recycling service start?
The new service is scheduled to commence on 1 July 2024.
When will I get my new bin?
The new 120L purple-lid glass recycling bins will be delivered in April. Residents will also receive an information pack on the four-bin stream system and using the new glass bin.
Will the glass recycling bin be compulsory?
Households will not be able to opt-out of this service.
All Victorian households must have access to a four-stream recycling service, by law, by 2030. We see this as a vital step in reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and ensuring that recycled materials can be used for another purpose in the local environment.
Audits show that on average, 43% of the mixed yellow-lid recycling bin is glass (by weight).
Having a glass-only bin on your property will also ensure no glass is put in a mixed recycling bin.
Businesses will have the opportunity to opt in on the service by contacting Council to request a glass bin.
I own a business and don’t need a glass bin.
We encourage all businesses to reduce their waste and recycle as much as possible. We encourage businesses to opt in for the new service if they have any glass recycling as glass will no longer be accepted into the yellow recycling bin. Glass can also be dropped off at any of the landfills or transfer stations.
I won’t have enough room to store another bin.
We understand there is limited space in some circumstances, such as rear laneways and in units. Residents are advised that the State Government is standardising household waste and recycling services, under the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021, all Victorian councils must provide a standard, four-stream waste, and recycling system to households by 2030.
Will a full glass bin be too heavy to collect or move?
Weight should not be an issue if the glass bin is used correctly. To aid in this, please, do not smash large amounts of accepted glass to fill your new purple-lid glass recycling bin as this will make it too heavy for collection. Leave glass containers whole where possible, small amounts of accidental breakage is OK to put in purple-lid glass recycling bin.
Won't all glass be collected and recycled as part of Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) starting on 1 July 2023?
Only glass drink containers (such as bottles) will be eligible under the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). Sauce and oil bottles and glass jars will not be accepted through the CDS.
Audits show that only 13.4% (by weight) of glass in the average yellow-lid recycling bin would be eligible under the CDS.
The kerbside glass recycling service will be a convenient option for those people who choose not or are unable to use the CDS.
How much will the glass recycling bin cost?
It is estimated the new service will cost an average of $22.52 per property, per year. This will be added to the Waste Management Charge on Council rates notices. However costs are still to be finalised for the 24/25FY.
This cost is calculated based on:
Estimated annual cost of $885,072 ($32.47 per property) to provide a 120L monthly glass service.
Estimated annual savings of $271,264 ($9.95 per property) due to reduced freight costs by processing glass locally.