There will be no change to Max’s general rubbish bin. He will keep his current bin and it will continue to be collected every week. Max should continue to bag or wrap his children’s disposable nappies and place them in the general rubbish bin.
In March-April 2023, Max received a bigger 240 litre mixed recycling bin. This bin will be collected every 2 weeks from July 2023 and offers the same amount of space for recycling as Max currently has (120 litres per week).
A new 120 litre glass recycling bin will be delivered to Max's home by mid-June 2023. This bin will be collected every 4 weeks (monthly) from 1 July 2023. Putting his family's glass bottles and jars in this bin will free up space in his mixed recycling bin.
If Max doesn't already have a food and garden organics bin (it used to be called the green waste bin), he will get a new 120 litre light green-lidded bin 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 his home from July 2023.
Using this bin for food scraps and garden clippings will create more space in Max’s general rubbish bin.
As a ratepayer, Max could choose to pay for a bigger 120 litre or 240 litre general rubbish bin while his children are in nappies, to help manage his household waste.
If his family also needs more space for their recycling, he can pay for a second 120 litre mixed recycling bin. He can also pay for a bigger 240 litre food and garden organics bin.
Requests for bigger or additional bins can be made from August 2023.
The waste charge is based on the size of each bin - bigger bins cost more, smaller bins cost less.
To help free up space in their bins, Max and his family can:
- Try reusable nappies - find out more about our $100 subsidy for reusable nappies
- 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 – including meat, seafood, bread and leftovers
- Compost at home - find out more about getting a discount on a home compost bin.
When the Victorian Government’s Container Deposit Scheme (“cash for cans”) is introduced in 2023, Max's family can take their plastic, metal and glass drink containers to a drop-off point for recycling and receive a cash refund. This will free up space in Max's glass and mixed recycling bins.
There are many other ways Max and his family can explore to reduce their overall household waste: