The Warnambool City Council has started a glass trial with 3400 properties – following moves made by other councils in Victoria.
Residents in trial areas have had the lids on their 80L rubbish bins swapped from red to purple – to become glass-only bins. They then received a new, larger, 140L rubbish bin.
Glass collections began in the first week of February to coincide with the introduction of fortnightly rubbish collections in the trial areas.
Residents participating in the trial now have a four-bin system with one bin for glass, one for other recycling, one for food organics and garden organics (FOGO) and one for general waste.
Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said having glass, cardboard and paper in the same bin creates too many contamination issues.
“It’s expensive to separate these items and when glass breaks and embeds in paper or cardboard, it means that these materials – which are otherwise recyclable – can end up in landfill.
“As well as obviously being a poor environmental outcome, sending material to landfill is expensive because of the Victorian government’s landfill levy,” Herbert said.
After conducting a public survey in 2019 the Warnambool City Council recognised that the community was predominantly in favour of improving the management of waste glass.
“The most popular survey response was the introduction of a kerbside glass collection alongside a larger rubbish bin that is collected fortnightly.
“This means that there are the same number of ‘bin lifts’ and truck movements, but with an improved recycling outcome,” Herbert said.
Bottle banks at Bunnings, the Dennington Shopping Centre and Norfolk Plaza have also been set up to accept household glass, which can help those that are not a part of the trial.
Glass collected will be crushed and re-used in road construction.