Recycle Refresh

1. Overview

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Council is asking residents to remove glass from their recycling and adapt to new recycling requirements. 

Community members can bring their unwanted glass free of charge to the following transfer stations and community collection points:

  • Beaufort Transfer Station, 2 Tip Road, Beaufort
  • Beaufort township, RV Dump Point on the Park Road Serviceway, Beaufort
  • Beaufort Caravan Park
  • Avoca Transfer Station, 82 Russell Street, Avoca
  • Rear of Avoca Town Hall, Barnett Street, Avoca
  • Snake Valley Transfer Station, 298 Snake Valley-Mortchup Road, Snake Valley
  • Landsborough Transfer Station, 2161 Ararat St-Arnaud Road
  • Waubra Recreation Reserve, Sunraysia Highway, Waubra
  • Moonambel, Church Street
  • Beaufort-Carranballac Road

Glass can no longer be processed with other recyclables in the yellow-lidded recycle bins. Residents need to save their glass items and drop them off at a community collection point or put them in their garbage bin. Glass in garbage bins will go into landfill. Glass deposits at Transfer Station are free.

If glass is found in your street recycle bin it will not be collected and a label will be placed on the bin indicating why.

Council has glass collection points in the community and at Transfer Stations as an interim solution. The changes in the recycling system happened very quickly at the time and the communal skips meant Council was able to prevent our recycling from going to landfill.

Council is working in partnership with the State Government and DEWLP to provide a sustainable recycle recovery plan that will transition us to a Circular Economy. This transition plan will identify issues and inconsistencies in the current waste and recycling system. The Victorian Government has committed $129 million to the implementation of the Transition Plan. Pending community consultation, Council is seeking to provide an additional kerbside glass bin from 1 July 2021 in addition to the existing waste, recycling and green waste bins. This new four bin model together with the Container Deposit Scheme aims to deliver reform to household recycling. Council will provide further information to the community as we work to develop the plan.

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2. Frequently Asked Questions

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Why am I being asked to remove glass from my recycling?

Glass often breaks and contaminates the other recyclables in the bin. Contamination means the small pieces of glass get stuck in paper, cardboard and plastic and they are no longer recyclable.

Removing glass from our recycling bins will increase the value of our recyclables and ensure they can be processed in Australia.

 

What is happening to the glass?

The glass will be recycled separately and residents will not be charged at Transfer Stations or Community Collection Points to drop it off.

 

Why do I have to take it to a Transfer Station or Community Collection Point?

Council has glass collection points in the community and at Transfer Stations as an interim solution. The changes in the recycling system happened very quickly at the time and the communal skips meant Council was able to prevent our recycling from going to landfill. 

 

Will Council introduce a glass only bin on the kerbside collection?

Council is working in partnership with the State Government and DEWLP to provide a sustainable recycle recovery plan that will transition us to a Circular Economy. This transition plan will identify issues and inconsistencies in the current waste and recycling system. The Victorian Government has committed $129 million to the implementation of the Transition Plan. Pending community consultation, Council is seeking to provide an additional kerbside glass bin from 1 July 2021 in addition to the existing waste, recycling and green waste bins. This new four bin model together with the Container Deposit Scheme aims to deliver reform to household recycling. Council will provide further information to the community as we work to develop the plan. 

 

Can I put glass in my garbage bin?

If you can’t get your glass to a Transfer Station or a Community Collection Point you can put it in your garbage bin, keeping in mind it will be going to landfill.

 

What is happening to my recycling?

Recycling is collected by our waste contractor Four Seasons Waste and taken to our recycling Processor Kevin Clark Recycling.

Recycling with no glass will be taken to Australian Paper Recovery.

 

Will my bin still get picked up if it has glass in it?

No. If glass is found in your street recycle bin it will not be collected and a label will be placed on the bin indicating why. 

 

Why have the waste charges increase considerably?

Council’s waste management service is fully funded by waste service and user charges. Waste charges have increased this year (2020-21 financial year) to cover increased costs related to Glass collection and disposal, e-Waste Collection and Disposal. 

 

What can I put in my recycling bin?

- Paper

- Cardboard

- Steel cans

- Aluminum cans

- Plastic milk bottles

- Plastic soft drink bottles

- Plastic detergent bottles (Shampoo bottles and cleaning product bottles etc)

 

What can’t I put in my recycling bin?

- Soft plastics

- Meat trays

- Takeaway coffee cups

- Polystyrene

- Hard plastic packaging typically seen with new toys