Following our successful communal glass recycling trial in 2020, we have extended and expanded the communal component. We hope you will take advantage of the 660-litre communal glass recycling bins in your area to dispose of glass bottles and jars.
All glass collected is recycled at our local processor where it is either used in construction or turned into other glass materials in Victoria.
You can currently find communal glass recycling bins in seven locations across the City:
- Albert Park: Little Finlay Reserve, Little Finlay Street
- Port Melbourne: Buckingham Reserve, Garden City
- South Melbourne: Corner of Park and Nelson roads
- South Melbourne: Lyell Iffla Reserve, Dorcas Street
- South Melbourne: Sol Green Reserve, Coventry Street
- St Kilda East: Alma Park West
- St Kilda West: H R Johnson Reserve, corner of Cowderoy Street and Canterbury Road
We've invited all residents in these areas to participate in the communal glass recycling service. We encourage residents to dispose of empty glass bottles and jars at communal glass recycling bins at these locations.
There won’t be any changes to general household recycling bin collections in these neighbourhoods.
If you live near a communal glass recycling area, place all recyclable materials except glass in your yellow-lidded household recycling bin, and your glass bottles and jars can be placed in the nearby communal bins. This will allow more space in your yellow-lidded recycling bin and will help us maximise recycling.
How to recycle glass
Before taking your glass bottles and jars to the communal bins, here are some tips to help you recycle right:
- Empty and rinse glass bottles and jars
- Remove lids and bottle caps and put them in your yellow-lidded household recycling bin
- Labels don't need to be removed from bottles and jars
- Place all recycling materials loose in the bin - never bag your recycling.
It's vital to recycle right so that the right materials go in the right bin.
Why separate glass
Glass materials, when broken, can contaminate other materials when mixed with recyclables. Glass is 100 percent recyclable, and the most effective way to optimise glass recycling is to maintain material separation.
Glass can shatter and break up when mixed with other recyclables. Broken glass contaminates the other materials like paper, cardboard and plastic, making them harder to recycle. We're separating glass to improve the quality of our recycling, and to support a local market specifically for glass to be recycled into high quality new products.
In 2020, we ran an eight-month kerbside glass recycling trial. The results of this trial will help to inform the rollout of recycling programs in the future.