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.
From 1 July 2023, you will need to sort your waste into 4 different bins:
- Food and garden organics bin (light green lid) - will be collected weekly
- Mixed recycling bin (yellow lid) - will be collected every 2 weeks
- Glass recycling bin (purple lid) - will be collected monthly
- General rubbish bin (red or dark green lid) - 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.
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 delivered 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 turned into new things, like glass jars, mulch and compost.
Food thrown into your general rubbish bin ends up in landfill, which creates greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. By putting your food waste in the food and garden organics bin, we can almost halve the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The new 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?
has a large family
I live with my wife, 3 kids and my elderly parents. My wife is a stay at home carer and we often fill our bins.
has young children in nappies
We have a 2-year old, and a newborn baby. We generate a lot of nappy waste.
lives in a rental property with housemates
Between the 4 of us, our recycling and food and garden organics bins fill up quickly.
lives in a small household
My partner and I don’t create that much waste with just the 2 of us at home.
I live alone and don't create much waste and recycling. I don't really need bigger bins.
and her family are a low waste household
We actively try to avoid creating waste where possible and have our own compost bin for food scraps.
lives in a townhouse
I live in a townhouse development with 5 other townhouses. How will I store 4 bins?
lives in a block of units
Our unit block has 15 units. We don’t have much room to store bins in our common area.
lives in a large apartment building
I live in a big apartment building with 25 apartments. We don't have enough space for all the bins.
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.
has a medical condition that creates extra waste
I live with a disability and a medical condition that creates extra waste. Our garbage bin can quickly fill up.