Future changes to waste and recycling system

In order to provide a consistent, state-wide approach to waste, the Victorian Government has introduced state-wide reforms to Victoria’s recycling system. This means, later this year, Central Goldfields Shire will move to a new four-stream waste and recycling system.

The changes to waste and recycling are in line with Council’s 2020-2030 Waste Management Strategy that was adopted by Council in 2020. In the conversations we had with our community in the development of this Strategy – reducing waste to landfill was important to our residents. 

 The roll-out involves:

Red-Bin.jpgRED BIN - General Waste (rubbish) - NO CHANGE

Yellow-Bing.jpgYELLOW BIN - Recycling 


Paper, cardboard and other plastics will continue to be placed in the yellow recycling bin. As we work towards meeting the requirement for all Victorians to separate glass from their other recycling materials, Council is encouraging residents to start separating glass from the yellow bin so that we can make it a ‘habit’ by 2027. This glass will then be turned into a reusable product that Council will used for local road projects.

Green-Bin.jpg GREEN BIN - Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)

FOGO will continue as an opt-in service for residents across the municipality.

The only change to this service is that residents (with a green bin) can place their food waste in this bin with their garden organics waste.

This waste will continue to go to Council’s compositing facility at the Carisbrook Transfer Station where it is made available to residents who are signed up to the composting service.

The annual fee for Council’s opt-in FOGO system is $73.20.

Residents who sign up receive a 240 litre green bin that is collected on the first and third Friday of every month.

There will be no change to residents currently signed up for the opt-in service. 


Purple-Calico-Bags.jpg PURPLE CALICO BAGS - Glass collection

Council is working towards providing all residents with a purple calico bag (like shopping bags) to put their glass into by the end of the year.

Glass can be placed in these bags and taken to central and convenient local collection points (locations to be confirmed) or at our three Transfer Stations at Carisbrook, Dunolly and Talbot.

Council will engage with the community around additional collection point locations in the coming months.

Whilst encouraged, taking your glass to a collection point location is not mandatory until 2027.

In line with Victorian Government requirements councils must commence behaviour change towards separating glass from the yellow bin to make it “habit” by 2027.

More information will be communicated over the coming months.