Victorians to get fourth bin for soft plastics by 2030 in recycling overhaul

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Millions of Victorians will soon gain a fourth wheelie bin as part of a new half-billion dollar recycling reform.

The $515m program is run by the state government and will involve a purple bin that’s designated for glass in addition to red, green and yellow counterparts.

All Victorian council areas will be required to have transitioned to the four bins by 2030.

Soft plastics, wrappers and soiled food containers will go into the yellow bins for recycling. Currently, similar materials can’t be recycled at home and must instead be brought to supermarkets.

Victoria’s environment Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio said the state’s scheme would be the first recycling change of its kind in the country.

“We’re the first state in Australia to roll out the same bins to every household, and the first to include soft plastics and pizza boxes in those bins,” she said.

Seven areas in regional Victoria and Melbourne’s outer suburbs have already introduced all four bins with Frankston set to join in 2023.

Plastic bags, wrappers and soiled food containers will go in the yellow bin while glass would go into a new purple bin in a bid to avoid contamination.

The green bin will be used for food and garden organics while the red bin is for household waste.

Originally published as Victorians to get fourth bin for soft plastics by 2030 in recycling overhaul


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