What is changing?

From November every household, business and building serviced by Council will receive a new purple-lidded bin to separate glass bottles and jars from other recyclables.

When the new service begins from 23 November, we'll be asking you to:

  • separate glass from your other recycling using your purple-lidded bin
  • change what goes in your yellow-lidded recycling bin
  • change when you put your bins out.

You’ll be keeping your yellow-lidded recycle bin for all your other recycling needs. This will be collected every fortnight, alternating week to week with your glass bin.

Before the changes begin we’ll send you an information kit with everything you need to know. This will tell you exactly what goes in each bin and what you need to do.

We’ll be sending your new glass-only bin out from mid-September along with a full information kit and new collection calendar. This will tell you exactly what goes in each bin and what you need to do.

There will be no changes to your rubbish collection service – your bin will still be collected weekly.

Your new glass bin

All Yarra residents (who don't have a private waste service) will receive a new 80-litre purple-lidded bin. This bin is for glass only and is the same capacity as your existing rubbish bin. We understand there may be space or access issues for some residents. We ask that you try out your new bin initially to see if it works for you. If it is unmanageable, there will be an opportunity for you to get in touch to discuss your individual needs. Those with very limited space or mobility issues may be eligible to apply for a smaller mini bin. Yarra will also be encouraging residents to share bins between neighbours.

If you live in an apartment block serviced by Council, we’ll provide you with a shared bin. 

If you live in Abbotsford, you have already been trialling the new glass bin. You’ll have the option to swap over to a new 80-litre glass bin following the initial roll out.

Don’t worry if you get your new bin before or after your neighbour, the new service will start for all residents from Monday 23 November. Until then, keep recycling as normal.

Learn more about what goes in each bin

How we recycle is changing so it’s important you that you check what can go in each bin and update your recycling know-how.

Your purple-lidded glass bin is for glass jars and bottles (with no lids). Find out how to recycle glass.

Your yellow-lidded bin is still for other recycling (such as clean paper,
cardboard, plastic water bottles and aluminium cans), but what can go into this bin is changing. Check what can go in the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

Your rubbish bin is for all items that cannot be recycled and go to landfill.