A new 4-bin waste service is coming to Merri-bek in 2023

We have been trialling the 4-bin waste service in selected units, townhouses and apartment buildings.

We know that these properties have more complex waste needs than other households. We also know that every apartment building, unit block and townhouse development is different. Not all blocks have space for 4 bins. So, in preparation for the wider 4-bin roll out, we have been trialling alternative solutions for these type of properties.

We are testing shared and individual bins, different bin sizes and different bin collection frequencies. We are also trialling glass drop-off points at some locations.

The 6-month trial has been running since August 2022. The trial service has been extended through to 1 July 2023 when all households in Merri-bek will use the 4-bin service.

Participants of the trial have been contacted directly and can join our online Participant Hub by clicking on the button below.

4 bins

During the trial participants have been sorting their waste and recycling into 4 different bins:

  • General rubbish (red lid)
  • Food and garden organics (FOGO), including food scraps and garden waste (light green lid)
  • Mixed recycling, including hard plastic, metal, paper and cardboard (yellow lid)
  • Glass recycling (purple lid).

We have been working closely with residents and Owners Corporations during the trial to make sure the 4-bin service is working for their building or development.

Just for trial participants

More information on:

  • What we have been trialling for your household
  • When your bins are collected
  • End of trial survey
  • How we can support you during the trial
  • And more!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the trial. We have enjoyed working with you to help shape the 4-bin service for people living in apartments, townhouses and units across Merri-bek.