VICTORIA will have a container deposit scheme and households will get a new fourth bin, as part of a plan to reduce waste going to landfill by 80 per cent in 10 years, in a massive overhaul of the state's waste and recycling system.
With widespread disruption to global recycling markets, Premier Daniel Andrews and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio announced the first in a suite of new policies under the Recycling Victoria package, designed to position Victoria as a leader in reusing, reducing and recycling waste.
The $129 million of initiatives announced to reform kerb-side recycling includes the roll out of four colour-coded bins to homes across the state to better sort waste, recyclables and organics - glass recycling (purple lid), food and garden organics (green lid), plastic, metal and paper recycling (yellow lid), and household waste (red lid).
Collecting glass separately ensures it can be effectively recycled, with jars and bottles transformed multiple times into multiple different products, including new roads and footpaths.
Separate glass collection will also make recovery of other recyclables, such as plastic, metal and paper, simpler, with the food and organic bin significantly reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
The roll-out of the new bins will begin next year and happen gradually, informed by the needs of local communities and existing council contracts.
The state government says there will also be special arrangements for remote regional households and people in apartments, to ensure everyone gets access to the new four-bin system.
To complement this new household recycling system, the government will also introduce a container deposit scheme, which it says will reduce litter and waste going into landfill, and create new Victorian jobs.
The government will design and deliver the scheme in close consultation with councils and industry so that it can begin by 2023.
Mr Andrews said the transformation would position Victoria as a national leader in recycling.
"Most importantly, it will deliver a system that Victorians can actually rely on," he said.
"This represents a holistic approach to reducing, reusing and recycling our state's waste.
"That's good news for Victoria's environment and good news for Victorian jobs."
Ms D'Ambrosio said the new system would make it easier for all Victorians to do their bit to help the environment.
Wellington Shire Council was approached for comment.