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Councils to share in $127million for new four bin system

The Victorian Government will make $127 million available to support Victorian councils to buy new bins, improve drop-off facilities, deliver education campaigns and ensure that they have the infrastructure in place to roll out a new statewide four bin recycling system.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding today to support Victorian councils to transition to the new household waste and recycling system, including delivering a new purple bin to households for separate glass recycling.

“Victoria’s local councils are on the frontline of these reforms. We are working hand in hand with councils to ensure they have the resources they need to roll out these reforms in every corner of the state,” said Ms D’Ambrosio.

“By collecting glass separately, we can make sure more of it is effectively recycled – with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple products.”

“We know all Victorians want to be able to do more to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and use resources wisely – this funding helps to do exactly that.”

She said councils will share in more than $86 million to deliver the new four bin services with standardised bin-lid colours, making it easier for Victorians to recycle. 

“This funding will ensure that all Victorian households have access to a consistent four bin waste and recycling service.”

“An additional $40.9 million will support councils, business and communities maximise recycling, creating new jobs and supporting local manufacturing. The recycling sector creates 9.2 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, compared to 2.8 jobs for the same volume sent to landfill.”

In partnership with councils, Minister D’Ambrosio said the Victorian Government would deliver a reliable and consistent statewide recycling system through better household recycling, improved infrastructure, and stronger industry regulation.

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