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Bin changes

Everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to your bin collection.

a general waste bin and a food and green waste bin standing side by side with arrows pointing to each other signifying the switch in collection frequency

To reduce waste, we're making the switch to when food and green waste and general waste bins are collected.

From Monday 4 July 2022:

  • food and green waste bins will be emptied weekly
  • general waste bins will be emptied fortnightly.

Recycling will continue to be collected fortnightly and there is no change to the hard waste collection service.

This page is the one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to your bin collection. 

Detailed information about the switch has been sent to every household and business in Bayside. If you didn't get yours, you can view the booklet online or contact us to request a hard copy.

From Monday 4 July 2022:

  • food and green waste bins will be emptied weekly
  • general waste bins will be emptied fortnightly

There are no changes to recycling or hard waste collections.

Detailed information about the switch has been sent to every household and business in Bayside. If you didn't get yours, you can view the booklet online or contact us to request a hard copy.

Standardising bin colours and names

Every Council in Victoria is required to transition to a four-bin waste collection service with standardised bin colours and names by 2027. These changes include:

  • General waste will be called household rubbish and have a red lid
  • Food and green waste will be called food and garden organics (FOGO) and have a green lid
  • Recycling will be called mixed recycling and have a yellow lid
  • New glass bins will have a purple lid.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s Circular Economy Strategy to cut waste and boost reuse and recycling. The aim is to have the same household bin system, no matter where you live.

In Bayside, we’re introducing new general waste bins with a red-lid to replace our current dark-green general waste bins.

The roll-out will commence in September 2022, however from May if you order a new general waste bin, it will be one of the new bins.

All the old dark-green bins will be recycled and turned into new bins.

We won’t be changing the recycling bin or introducing a separate glass service just yet but we will keep you informed when we do.

To reduce waste

Since launching our food and green waste service three years ago, Bayside’s landfill waste has dropped to the lowest levels on record – but we can still do more.

Reducing waste ending up in landfill is important because:

  • Food scraps and garden waste are valuable resources that can be recycled into a high-quality compost to be used in local farms, parks, and gardens.
  • Decomposing food in landfill emits a damaging greenhouse gas (methane) into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. 
  • Victoria is running out of landfill space which is driving up the cost to dispose of waste. This cost is passed directly onto ratepayers via the waste charge on your rates notice. By making this change, we’re helping minimise future cost increases.

Residents asked us to make the switch

Over 83% of Bayside households now have a food and green waste bin and recycle food scraps which get turned into compost.

Many of these residents have asked for weekly collection to reduce issues of smell and mess, and because their general waste bin doesn't fill up as quickly with recyclables and food waste going into the correct bins

By making the switch to when the food and green waste and general waste bins are collected, we can reduce our general waste by up to 25%.

We know this because we're not the first council to make the switch. We're joining 16 other Victorian councils that have already made the bin collection switch successfully.

This change will apply to all properties using Council bins. You can check if your bins are Council bins by looking for the Council logo on the front. 

People living in units/apartments

If you are renting and using the Council kerbside waste service, you can order a food and green waste bin. There is a one-off fee of $99.

If your building does not use the Council kerbside waste service and uses a private service, you will need to talk to your Body Corporate and the private waste provider about options for recycling food waste. Council is happy to get involved and help with these discussions.

There are other options for recycling food waste that you could consider like purchasing a composting system for an apartment. See more information on the Composting Products and Tips page or contact us if you need more information or advice.

Renter and landlords

For the food and green waste bins - if you are renting and using the Council kerbside waste service, you can order a food and green waste bin. There is a one-off fee of $99.

For general waste bins - If you are renting and would like to order a larger general waste bin you will need to talk to your landlord about this as the fee is included in the waste charge on the rates notice (which is paid by the homeowner).

Businesses 

Business who receive a Council kerbside waste service, you can order a food and green waste. There is a one-off fee of $99.

Your bin collection schedule will switch, just like households across Bayside. So your food and green waste bin (if you have one) will be collected weekly and your general waste bin will be collected fortnightly from Monday 4 July 2022.

Early Learning Centres, Community Centres, Sporting Clubs 

For centres and clubs that receive a Council kerbside waste service, you can order a food and green waste bin. There is a one-off fee of $99.

Your bin collection schedule will switch, just like households across Bayside. So your food and green waste bin (if you have one) will be collected weekly and your general waste bin will be collected fortnightly from Monday 4 July 2022.

Areas where the change does not apply

The changes will not apply to the following major commercial centres:

  • Beaumaris Concourse
  • Black Rock Village
  • Parts of Church Street, Brighton
  • Parts of Bay Street, Brighton
  • Parts of Martin Street in Brighton
  • Parts of Hampton Street
  • Sandringham Village.

These are busy commercial centres where most properties are businesses that have complex waste service needs.

From community consultation we undertook in 2021, we know that fortnightly household rubbish collection will be a challenge for some, particularly those who are yet to take up the food and green waste service.

Detailed information about the switch has been sent to every household and business in Bayside. If you didn't get yours, you can view the booklet online or contact us to request a hard copy.

In June we will be holding a range of events where you can speak to us in person. 

  • Face to face pop-ups in various locations
  • Farmers Market stall 
  • Drop-in sessions at Bayside libraries and council office

Households with specific waste needs

We’re offering free service provisions to support households with specific and unavoidable waste needs to make the switch more equitable.

  • Large households with six or more members
  • Households with two or more children in nappies
  • People living with a disability and their carers
  • People with a chronic condition and their carers

Eligible households are entitled to one of the following options:

  • Upsize to a 140L or a 240L general waste bin
  • Up to three 80L general waste bin (Where an 80L bin is the most suitable due to a person's ability to manoeuvre a large waste bin)

Other households

After trying your best to minimise general waste, you may need a different bin size to accommodate the change in collection.

  • Request an additional or larger bin (cost added to rates)
    Households that are not in any of the eligible groups but require additional waste capacity are able to request an additional or larger bin with the cost added to their rates.
  • Upsize to the standard 140L bin (revert to standard rate)
    Households who have downsized their bin to 80L and currently pay a reduced cost will be able to upsize to the standard 140L size, which will revert to the standard rate.

We understand that some households may want to order a smaller, larger or additional bin to adequately manage the amount of waste they produce. 

Request a change to your bins

We are encouraging residents to see how they go with the changes before ordering an upgrade or additional bin. 

If you would like to discuss your waste needs, contact us at binchanges@bayside.vic.gov.au or call 9599 4444. 

We understand that some households may want to order a smaller, larger or additional bin to adequately manage the amount of waste they produce. 

Click here to request a change to your bins

Fortnightly general waste collection will be particularly challenging for residents who don’t yet use the food and garden waste service. Consider ordering a food and green waste bin. 

Two bin sizes are available for food and green waste:

  • 240 litre - standard size for current food and green waste bins and the same size as the standard blue recycling bins
  • 120 litre - slightly smaller than standard size for general waste bins.

A one-off charge of $99 applies (if you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us).

You will receive a brand new bin for your food and green waste, a kitchen caddy, a 150-bag roll of compostable liners, and some information to help you get started. 

Order a food and green waste bin

Food and green waste bins accept all food scraps and garden waste as well as paper towel, newspaper, and tissues and is turned into a high-quality compost to be used on farms, parks, and gardens. 

Find out more about what happens to food and green waste

We've found that households that dispose of all food scraps and garden waste in their food and green waste bin, all recyclables in their blue recycling bin, and return all of their soft plastics to the store, often have lots of room left over in their general waste bin. 

Find out what goes in what bin

Check out our comprehensive guide to where specific items can be recycled. 

A-Z Waste & Recycling Directory

Type in your address and find out your bin collection day. 

Bin collection day

We've created a designated email for all matters relating to the bin changes. This means we can expedite your query and get back to you sooner.