05.03.2020Recycling Victoria package

Victoria will have a container deposit scheme and households will get a new fourth bin, as part of a plan to reduce waste going to landfill by 80 per cent in ten years with an overhaul of the state’s waste and recycling system by the Andrews Labor Government.

With widespread disruption to global recycling markets, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio last week announced the first new policy under the Recycling Victoria package, designed to position Victoria as a leader in reusing, reducing and recycling waste.

The $129 million of initiatives announced in February to reform kerbside recycling includes the roll out of four colour-coded bins to homes across the state to better sort waste, recyclables and organics:

glass recycling – purple lid

food and garden organics – green lid

plastic, metal and paper recycling – yellow lid

household waste – red lid

By collecting glass separately, we can make sure more of it is effectively recycled – with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple different products, including new roads and footpaths.

Further, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made an announcement during a speech at the National Plastics Summit in Canberra earlier this week announcing one of the of key pillars of the government’s plan to address the problem of plastic waste is encouraging demand for recycled products.

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