The four-bin collection service started on 3 February 2020 in major townships and was fully rolled out in remaining areas of the Shire in July 2021.
The four-bin system consists of:
This service aligns with the objectives and goals of the Waste and Resource Recovery Management Strategy 2021-2026. The central focus of the strategy is the diversion of waste from landfill.
The Kerbside Collection and Associated Services Charge Policy outlines how the four-bin service works.
Why the change?
Under the Victorian Government’s Circular Economy Policy released in February 2020, all Victorian councils must have a standard four-bin system or equivalent by 2030 to achieve more and better recycling and less landfill.
Additionally, Victoria is running out of landfill space, which can increase the cost to dispose of waste, which attracts a fee known as the ‘EPA Waste levy’. This cost is passed directly onto ratepayers through the waste charge on your rates notice. By introducing the four-bin system, we can minimise future cost increases by diverting materials away from landfill.
Achievements so far
We are one of the first councils in Victoria to have introduced a four-bin system, and in February 2024 we celebrated four years of the new service.
- 37,012 tonnes of FOGO material was sent to Biomix in Stanhope and is being turned into Australian standard compost.
- 10,668 tonnes of recycling was sent to APR in Truganina for processing of paper/cardboard, steel, aluminium and hard plastic.
- 6,975 tonnes of glass was sent to ASQ in Bendigo and is being repurposed into road base materials.
This means the Shire has diverted over 54,000 tonnes of waste from landfill!
Monthly landfill diversion rate has increased from 39 percent in January 2020 (pre-introduction) to 74 percent, which is much higher than the average Victorian municipal diversion rate of 45 percent recorded for 2019/20.
Together we can continue to reduce waste to keep our Shire beautiful and sustainable.
Recycle right and win!
The good recycling habits campaign ran from 1 April to 30 October.
Did you receive a Kerby sticker?
Receiving a Kerby sticker on one of your bins means that you're a great recycler, thanks for sorting your waste right!
We'll be running this education campaign again soon, so keep an eye on your bins.
For more information on good recycling habits visit our Waste A-Z guide or call (03) 5422 0333.