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

The way you use your bins at home is changing. There will be changes to the number of bins you have, the size of your bins, and how often they are picked up.

You will need to sort your waste into 4 different bins:

  • Food and garden organics (light green lid)
  • Mixed recycling (yellow lid)
  • Glass recycling (purple lid)
  • General rubbish (red or dark green lid)

From 1 July 2023, food and garden organics bins will be collected weekly, mixed recycling bins will be collected every 2 weeks and glass recycling bins will be collected monthly. There will be no change to your general rubbish bin. It will continue to be collected weekly.

Click or tap on the hot spots in the image below to explore the changes to your bins, including what can go in each bin from 1 July 2023.

4 wheelie bins in a row with different coloured lids that are open. There are hands above each bin, about to place and item in. from left to right: a hand is about to place a jar into the purple lidded bin, next a hand is about to place a plastic bottle i

The Victorian Government is standardising household waste and recycling services across the state. All Victorian council kerbside services will move to a 4-bin system.

The 4-bin service will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and improve the quality of recyclables in Victoria.

Your new bins will be coming in stages between March and June 2023.

For more information on our new 4-bin service, visit our main website: merri-bek.vic.gov.au/bins

For information on how these changes might affect you, scroll down to explore our household personas.

Small acts make a big impact

It might seem like a small thing to sort your waste into 4 bins, but it makes a big impact when we all do it correctly.

Recycling well and reducing waste in the first place helps keep valuable resources out of landfill, so they can be used again and again.

By sorting your waste into 4 bins, more of your recycling can be turned into new things, like glass jars, mulch and compost.

By putting your food waste in the food and garden organics bin, we can almost halve the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Working together, the 4-bin service can help us get closer to our goals of zero waste to landfill and zero carbon emissions.


How might the changes affect your household?

Explore how the changes to our waste service might affect different households by clicking on the personas below.
Mahmoud with his wife, kids and elderly parents

Mahmoud

has a large family

I live with my partner, three children and my elderly parents. My wife is a full time stay at home carer.

Click here to read more about Mahmoud

max holding a child on his shoulder and a pram

Max

has young children in nappies

We have a two-year old, and a newborn baby. We generate a lot of nappy waste.

Click here to read more about Max

Maddy with two housemates and a plant

Maddy

lives in a rental property with housemates

Between the 4 of us, our recycling and food and garden organics bins fill up quickly.

Click to read more about Maddy

Milo standing with his partner

Milo

lives in a small household

My partner and I don’t create that much waste with just the 2 of us at home.

Click here to read more about Milo

a woman reclines on a red couch reading a book

Melek

lives alone

Coming soon

Mackenzie, her partner, two children and compost

Mackenzie

and her family are a low waste household

We actively try to avoid creating waste where possible and have a compost bin for food scraps.

Click here to read more about Mackenzie

2 people standing next to mailbox that says 5A

Malina

lives in a townhouse

Coming soon

Melissa walking out of her apartment building

Melissa

lives in an apartment

Our building has 16 apartments. We don’t have much room to store bins in our common area.

Click here to read more about Melissa

Mick standing and waving next to his big bin

Mick

is an older person on a pension

I’ve been living here for 40 years. I’m on a pension and need help moving the big bins.

Click here to read more about Mick

Mario sitting in his wheelchair

Mario

has a medical condition that generates extra waste

I have disability and a medical condition that generates extra waste, so our garbage bin can fill up quickly

Click here to read more about Mario

Martina placing a bag on a table next to a monitor

Martina

is a business owner

My business uses Council’s waste service. With more online orders during Covid, we have more packaging waste

Click here to read more about Martina

Mei checking her letterbox

Mei

lives in a unit that uses private waste contractor

I'm wondering if I can get the 4-bin service at my block of units too

Click here to read more about Mei