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Future waste initiatives in Cardinia Shire

We're always looking at the way we manage waste to make sure it reflects industry changes, and best supports the environment and our growing community.


  • As part of the Recycling Victoria strategy, we are working towards meeting the outlined objectives, one of which is the rollout of a glass collection service by 2027.
  • The glass collection service outlines several proposed options, such as providing drop-off points for glass items, a container deposit scheme or a fourth household bin.
  • Glass currently only makes up a small percentage of overall waste in Cardinia Shire and while it can sometimes contaminate other recyclables, this is not currently a major concern for our recycling processor.
  • We're looking into the different options available to ensure glass recycling can be managed effectively throughout the shire as well as how this system would work alongside the Victorian container deposit scheme
  • At this stage, only 2 metropolitan councils have provided glass collection bins on a trial basis. We'll be looking to those trial results to determine the best option for Cardinia Shire.
  • You'll be notified before any changes are made and there will also be a state-wide education campaign around what can go in each bin.

More info: Victorian four bin waste and recycling system

  • We've entered into a short-term arrangement with recycling processor Polytrade Recycling to accept and process 100% of our kerbside recycling.
  • We're are also working with Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) and 60 other Victorian Councils on a long-term group contract, which will come into effect at the end of our arrangement with Poytrade. 
  • By working together, larger contracts can encourage investment in recycling infrastructure and technology, and attract new candidates to the Victorian recycling sector.

More info: Metropolitan Waste and Recovery Resource Group

We have partnered with 14 other Councils in the Melbourne's south east to seek proposals from industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish.

  • Landfills in South East Melbourne are filling up and with no more planned to be built, large amounts of waste will need to be transported across Melbourne to other landfill sites for disposal.
  • Cardinia Shire Council has formed a company with other Councils to deliver an advanced waste processing alternative to landfill.
  • The special purpose vehicle (SPV), called South East Metropolitan Advanced Waste Processing Pty Ltd, will help councils deliver an advanced waste processing facility that will process household rubbish instead of burying it in landfill.
  • Together we’ll deliver a vital alternative to landfill that will transform how household rubbish is managed.

For more information on the type of technology being proposed, read the Advanced Waste Processing Technical Fact Sheet.

More info: Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

All new rubbish bins and bin lid repairs are being supplied with red lids, so they are in line with the Australian National Standard for bin colours. Using a standard colour has been shown to be less confusing for people, and increases the chance of materials going in the right bin. 

If you have a dark green lid: You'll have this until your bin needs replacing. This gradual changeover will significantly reduce costs and plastic waste.

Our existing waste rebates have been expanded to include cloth nappies and reusabe sanitary items. You can find more details and apply for a rebate at our rebate page.  This is an action in our Waste and Resource Recovery Action Plan (2017-21). 

For more information on our future waste projects, read our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy (2017-21)

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