Communal glass recycling and FOGO recycling hubs

To make sure everyone in our City is able to recycle their food and garden organics (FOGO) and glass separately we have introduced communal hubs in local parks and reserves.

Following our successful communal food and garden organics (FOGO) and glass recycling trials, we now have 80 communal hubs in selected local parks and reserves.

We hope you will take advantage of the 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 dispose of your FOGO materials into the communal FOGO hubs where it will be recycled into compost and soil conditioner to be used on Victorian farms. For more information on how and why we should recycle our food and garden waste please visit our Dispose of your FOGO page.

Recycling hub locations

You can currently find communal glass recycling bins and FOGO recycling bins in parks and reserves across the City:

Why separate glass?

Glass can shatter when mixed with other recyclables. Broken glass contaminates 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 for glass to be recycled into high-quality new products.

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 – metal lids go in your yellow-lidded household recycling bin and plastic lids go in the garbage bin
  • Labels don't need to be removed from bottles and jars
  • Place all recycling materials loose in the bin – never bag your recycling.

Not accepted in glass hubs

  • Lids or caps – place metal lids in your yellow-lidded household recycling bin and plastic lids in the garbage bin 
  • Broken window or mirror glass – if these are small, wrap them in paper and place them in your garbage bin. If large, drop them off at the Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Broken drinking glasses – wrap these in paper and place them in your garbage bin 
  • Plastic bottles – place these in your yellow-lidded household recycling bin or recycle them via the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme.

Kerbside trial

In 2020, we ran an eight-month kerbside glass recycling trial. The results of this trial will help inform the rollout of recycling programs in the future. Read about our glass recycling trial.

Contact us

If you need further help or have questions about glass recycling, please call us via ASSIST on 03 9209 6777 or log a request via Online Services.

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