Upcoming 4-Bin Service

Four bins in a row front on with different coloured lids

Council is planning for additional recycling services for urban and rural households across the municipality – saving thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

Under the State Government’s Circular Economy Policy, released in February 2020, all Victorian councils must introduce Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection for all urban households by 2030, and separate glass recycling collection by 2027. This will mean a 4-bin system will be introduced across the state.

It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of the municipality’s household rubbish is food waste, which currently goes straight to landfill.

When buried in landfill, food waste decomposes without oxygen, creating methane gas – which contributes to climate change.

Separating glass from other recycling will make recycling more efficient, and allow more glass to be recovered for recycling. Under the current system about 30 per cent of glass cannot be recovered and broken glass fragments cause problems for other recycled materials.

At the Council meeting on Monday 23 May 2022 Council adopted a new Kerbside Collection Policy. This policy will govern how the new waste collection service will work. You can download this policy via this link: Kerbside Collection Policy(PDF, 1MB)

The new service will begin in April 2023.

The upcoming 4-bin service includes:

  • A new fortnightly Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection
  • A new monthly glass recycling collection
  • Expansion of recycling collection in rural areas
  • New glass recycling drop-off locations across the municipality

In summary, the service will include:

Urban areas:

  • A 240-litre general waste bin, collected fortnightly
  • A 240-litre mixed recycling bin, collected fortnightly
  • A 240-litre FOGO bin, collected fortnightly
  • A 120-litre glass recycling bin, collected monthly (four-weekly)

Rural areas:

  • A 240-litre general waste bin, collected fortnightly
  • A 240-litre mixed recycling bin, collected fortnightly (expanded to all rural properties with an existing waste collection service).

What can go in each of the bins:

Food and Organic Waste Bin (FOGO)

Animal waste, Baked goods, Bones, Branches (less than 30mm in diameter), Breads, cakes, and pastries, Cereal slops, Cereals and grains, Coffee grounds and filter, paper, Cooking oil (absorb in paper, or newspaper), Cooking oils and fats, Cotton balls, Dairy foods, Dairy products, Dryer lint, Eggshells, Facial tissues, Feathers, Fish and chip paper, Flowers, Fruits, General garden clippings, Grains, Human and animal hair, Icy pole sticks, Jelly, Kitchen paper towel, Kitty litter (if compostable eg. clay, paper etc), Lawn clippings, Leaves, Leftovers, Lollies, Meat (raw, cooked), Meat scraps, Napkins, paper, Newspaper, Nuts & seeds, Paper bags, Paper containers and, takeaway boxes, Paper napkins, Paper plates, Paper towel rolls, Paper towels, Pasta, Pizza boxes, Popsicle sticks, Post it notes, Poultry, Printed serviettes, Prunings and cuttings, Rice and pasta, Salad and dressing, Seafood (including, bones and shells), Shredded paper, Small branches, Spoiled food, Straw and hay, Take away foods, Tea leaves, Thorny branches, Tissues, Toilet rolls, Tree roots, Vacuum cleaner dust, Vegetables, Weeds, Wet paper, Wood skewers, Wooden toothpicks, Wooden uncoated chopsticks

Glass Bin

Glass jars (empty, no lids) Pasta sauce, jam, condiments etc.

Glass bottles, including broken bottles (empty, no lids) Wine bottles. Beer bottles. Spirit (alcohol) bottles. Olive oil and sauce bottles.

But not Glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex, microwave plates), Drinking glasses, Ceramics (e.g. crockery, earthenware), Vases

Mixed Recycling Bin

Aluminium foil and cans, steel cans and trays.

Paper and cardboard.

Rigid household plastics and their lids e.g. milk bottles, soft drink bottles, washing liquid bottles, yoghurt tubs, etc.

General Waste Bin

General rubbish

Nappies (wrapped or bagged)

Food waste - only if you do not have a food and garden waste service

Polystyrene and foam (including meat trays)

Plastic bags and soft plastics. (If you can, please take these to a RedCycle drop-off point for recycling)

Window glass, glassware, mirrors, Pyrex and crockery

 

Frequently asked questions:

 

Why do I need to have a 4-Bin Service?

Under the State Government’s Circular Economy Policy all Victorian councils must introduce food and garden organics (FOGO) collection for all urban households and separate glass recycling collection. This will mean a four-bin system will be introduced across the state.

It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of the municipality’s household rubbish is food waste, which currently goes straight to landfill.

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.

When will it be implemented?

Council is on track to introduce its 4-Bin Service in April 2023.

What if I don’t want the 4-Bin Service?

Under HRCC’s new policy, the new 4-Bin Service will be compulsory for all urban residents. Opting out of it will not be permitted, as this would not lead to the outcome required under the new Victorian Government legislation. Bin downsizing will be permitted.

Are rural properties included?

While rural residents won’t transition to the four-bin system, there will be an improved service for out-of-town customers with a 240-litre commingled recycling bin, collected fortnightly, offered to all properties currently receiving waste disposal services.
Rural people will also have the option of depositing glass at transfer stations or designated collection points for free.

Why separate glass from recycling?

Separating glass from other recycling will make recycling more efficient, and allow more glass to be recovered for recycling. Under the current system about 30 per cent of glass cannot be recovered and broken glass fragments cause other materials to be unrecyclable.

Why separate organic waste from landfill?

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.

Also, decomposing food in landfill emits methane into the atmosphere, contributing to increases in greenhouse gas emissions.

Will the streets be crowded with bins?

The kerbside collections won’t all happen at on the same day, so there will never be any more than two bins from each household on the street.

Will my rates go up?

Council will collect slightly more revenue due to the 4-Bin Service. However all of that money will be put towards the extra costs involved such as paying truck drivers and supplying the bins, so Council will not profit from the changes.

The new annual charge for urban residents will be $482. For people with existing 240-litre bins that’s an increase of $12. Those currently paying for a small bin will eventually see an increase of $175 per year. For rural residents, the service charge will go down $82 (for existing 240 L customers).

Due to the increase of residential areas in Horsham, some current rural areas will now be slated as urban, resulting in a $60 increase for the service in those areas.

Proposed areas include a general extension to Plozzas, Hunts and Holes roads at Haven that have a residential character be classified as urban waste customers and receive the four-bin service.

The new charges will be phased in over the next two financial years.

What if I don’t have room for extra bins?

We recognise this will be a problem for some customers especially in units and flats. Solutions may include shared larger bins at some premises. We will look to other Councils who have implemented this change to find solutions.

How will I manage smells?

Households will receive a caddy for use within the household and biodegradable caddy liners for the organics service. Ongoing supply of liners will be free of charge, these will be distributed annually.

Why is it taking so long?

The new household waste and recycling system is a key component of the once-in-a-generation reform of our waste and recycling service.

It takes time to make sure local infrastructure such as bins, trucks, and processing facilities is in place. Appropriate markets are also needed for recycled products.