In March-April 2023, Mario and his partner received a bigger 240 litre mixed recycling bin. This bin will be collected every 2 weeks from July 2023. The 240 litre mixed recycling bin offers the same amount of recycling space as 120 litres per week.
A new 120 litre glass recycling bin will be delivered to Mario's home in May-June 2023. This bin will be collected every 4 weeks (monthly) from 1 July 2023. Putting his glass bottles and jars in this bin will free up space in their mixed recycling bin.
If Mario and his partner don't already have a food and garden organics bin, a 120 litre light green-lidded bin will be delivered to their home in June 2023. This bin will be collected weekly from 1 July 2023.
A kitchen caddy to collect food scraps will also be delivered to their home from July 2023.
Using this bin for food scraps and garden clippings will create more space in their general rubbish bin.
This bin used to be called the green waste bin.
There will be no change to Mario's general rubbish bin. He will keep his current bin and it will continue to be collected every week.
As a ratepayer, Mario may be eligible for a medical condition
concession. If eligible, this would give Mario a larger 240 litre
general rubbish bin for no extra cost.
Mario creates unavoidable waste due to his medical condition. To help free up space in their bins, Mario and his partner could:
- Flatten cardboard boxes
- Squash empty plastic bottles and containers
- Put glass bottles and jars in their new glass recycling bin
- Put all food scraps in their food and garden organics bin. This includes meat, seafood, bread and leftovers.
When the Victorian Government’s Container Deposit Scheme (“cash for cans”) is introduced in November 2023, Mario can take certain plastic, metal and glass drink containers to a drop-off point for recycling and receive a cash refund. More information on the Container Deposit Scheme can be found on the Victorian Government's website: vic.gov.au/container-deposit-scheme.
There are other ways Mario and his partner can reduce their overall household waste, including being mindful of what they buy: