Yarra Waste and Recycling Revolution

Every household, business and building serviced by Council has received a separate purple-lidded bin for glass recycling.

By separating glass from your other recyclables we’re able to improve the quality of what we collect, and use what’s thrown out to make new glass products such as bottles, jars and even to re-surface roads.

What can go in your yellow-lidded recycling bin and when you bins need to be put out has also changed. 

These pages answer any questions you might have about what’s changed and why.

From Monday 23 November, we’re asking everyone using our recycling service to:

  1. Separate glass jars and bottles from other recycling 
    You can put glass jars and bottles that are empty, clean and have the lids off in your purple-lidded glass bin.

  2. Check which plastics can go in your recycling bin
    Only plastic bottles labelled 1 and 2 and plastic food packaging labelled 5 can go in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

  3. Put your recycling and glass bins out fortnightly on alternating weeks
    Check your calendar to confirm which zone you are in, or sign up for our bin collection SMS service to receive reminders.

To help you make the change, we have an information kit with everything you need to know to sort you waste and recycling right.


We are still committed to rolling out a separate bin for food and green waste, however, this has been delayed due to impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working towards making this happen in 2021. In the meantime, we do have a few options to help you set up a worm farm or compost bin at home.

If you have trouble understanding how to sort your waste you can contact us by calling 03 9205 5555 or emailing us at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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You can read the latest news about waste and recycling on our latest news page, or by signing up to our Yarra Life e-newsletter.