Overview

Our kerbside services are changing.

From July 2025, Council will be introducing a 4 stream service, which includes:

  • General waste – red bin, collected fortnightly
  • Mixed recycling – yellow bin, collected fortnightly
  • Food and garden organics (FOGO) – green bin, collected weekly
  • Glass recycling – purple bin, collected monthly

These changes are required to comply with the Victorian Government’s policy requirements that aim to improve Victoria’s recycling services, divert more waste from landfill and reduce the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

We’re now seeking input from the community on the finer details of the service, outlined in our draft Kerbside Waste and Recycling Services Policy.

The Policy comes into effect in line with the introduction of the 4 stream services in 2025, and outlines:

  • changes to the collection route across the Shire to include additional roads and properties
  • mandatory zones for the 4 bin service, as well as zones where the FOGO service will be optional
  • opt-in options for commercial and industrial properties
  • how and where the Waste Management Charge and collection services charges will be applied

Council is interested to hear feedback on all aspects of the Policy, however It should be noted that some aspects of the Policy are not negotiable, including the four bin model and collection frequency for each stream.


In 2023 Council appointed successful contractors to provide our kerbside waste and recycling bin services from mid-2025. In doing so, Council has locked in many aspects of the service, including the four-stream collection service format (waste, recycling, glass and food and garden organics) and the collection frequency for each stream.

In moving toward a four-bin waste and recycling system, Council is complying with the Victorian Government’s policy requirements that aim to improve Victoria’s recycling services, divert more waste from landfill and reduce the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Council gave due consideration to consultation undertaken in 2022, where Council asked the community about the kerbside services that would work best for their household. Council received 267 survey contributions and 140 Quick Poll responses. There was broad support from the community for the introduction of a four-bin kerbside collection service, which helped to determine the base service model. Please click here to read the engagement findings report.

Many other aspects of the policy are being articulated for the first time, and Council is very interested to hear feedback from the community on topics including:

  • The extent of the collection route
  • The boundaries of township areas where the four bin service will be mandatory
  • Mandatory service arrangements along the collection route
  • The organics bin being optional in rural areas
  • Situations where services will be provided free of charge, e.g. CFA, SES, schools
  • Treatment of commercial, industrial and non-residential farm properties

How to get involved

Share your thoughts via Survey

Click here to read draft strategy

Explore our Frequently asked Questions

Chat with us in Person

Friday 3 May

  • MiRA Marysville from 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Eildon Grocer from 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Saturday 4 May

  • Rotunda Alexandra from 9.30 am - 12.00 noon

Wednesday 8 May

  • Kinglake Foodworks from 12.00 - 2.30 pm
  • Yea FoodWorks from 3.30 - 5.30 pm


Online Community Conversation Sessions

Monday 13 May

Session One

Session One

2.00 - 3.00 pm

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Thursday 16 May

Session Two

Session Two

From 4.00 - 5.00 pm

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Consultation period closes on Sunday 23 June

Next Steps

All feedback will be considered by Council and will help finalise the Kerbside Waste and Recycling Services Policy, ready for adoption at the Wednesday 24 July 2024 Scheduled Meeting of Council.

FAQs

Previous Consultation

In line with the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Policy, Murrindindi Shire Council, along with all councils across the state, is required to transition to a four-stream waste and recycling system.

The four-stream system is separated into:

  • General rubbish (red lid)
  • Mixed recycling (yellow lid)
  • Glass recycling (purple lid)
  • Food and garden organics (green lid)

Across Victoria, the four streams are mostly being introduced as kerbside services, meaning a four-bin system, complimented by drop off services. However, we understand one size doesn’t fit everyone and this approach may not be right for Murrindindi Shire. We are now trying to work out how to best implement the new system, which will come into effect in 2025.

To help us understand what will work best for our community, Council is seeking your input on a range of factors that will shape the way these future waste and recycling services are provided.

With some of your waste and recycling being directed to the new services, there may be changes to the existing kerbside services, including how often your general rubbish bin is collected. There are also some things won’t change, like your recycling bin being collected fortnightly.

Meanwhile, Council, together with councils across North-East Victoria, is participating in a joint tender for waste and recycling collection services. Community feedback will be considered as we move through the tender evaluation process and will influence our decision-making.

There are a number of ways you can get involved

Next steps

All feedback received will be considered and used to help standardise our household waste and recycling across Murrindindi Shire. Early next year we will report back to the community on the outcome of this engagement with a chosen model of waste collection. We will also keep you up-to-date on the outcomes of the tender process.

During 2023 and 2024, Council will work together with the community to help provide you with answers to all the detailed questions about the new service, including what materials can go in each bin, costs involves and exemptions.

Feedback

Thank you for your feedback

From 5 October to 13 November 2022, we asked you to provide your thoughts and feedback on how you would like to see the four-stream system implemented in Murrindindi Shire. We received 267 submissions from the community and we are currently reviewing the information. Thank you to those community members who took the time to submit your ideas. Your valuable feedback will help us finalise the waste and recycling system.

  • 700 people visited the project webpage

    with 267 contributions made

  • 140 Quick Poll responses

    • 71 online
    • 69 face to face
  • Current kerbside collection

    • 96% Yes
    • 4% No

In October and November 2022, we sought input from the community on the format of future waste services. Several engagement methods were used to gather feedback from our community, including online and paper surveys, with 198 responses gathered, and in person discussions at a series of pop-up events across the Shire, where community members were asked to vote on different services formats. We also offered two online information sessions, which did not proceed due to limited registrations.

Based on the findings from this consultation, we have learned that:

  • There is broad support from the community for the introduction of a four-bin kerbside collection service, with the majority of survey respondents preferring the following service format:
    • General Rubbish: collected fortnightly.
    • Mixed Recycling: no change - collected fortnightly.
    • Food and Garden Organics: collected weekly.
    • Glass Recycling: collected monthly
  • The most important aspects of the service include:
    • reduced waste to landfill (ranked of highest importance)
    • cost of the service
    • recovery of recyclable materials
  • Many survey respondents have concerns about the cost to Council in providing these new services, and how this will affect the Waste and Recycling Charge collected via Council rates.
  • The majority of survey respondents (63%) think that all ratepayers should contribute to the cost of providing Shire-wide waste services. And 77% think disposal costs at our Resource Recovery Centres should continue to be subsidised by the Waste and Recycling Charge collected via Council rates.

For full results, please click here for the Community Engagement Findings Report.