Purple Lid Bin (Glass)

The State Government is standardising household recycling and waste services across the state with the introduction of a new Recycling and Waste Policy.

To comply with the policy, Council has introduced a fourth purple lid bin for glass, which will be collected every four weeks to improve diversion of glass waste from landfill and increase resource recovery through cleaner recycling.

What DOES go in the purple lid bin?

  • Glass Jars (empty, clean): pasta sauce, jam, condiments etc.
  • Glass Bottles (empty, clean): cordial, oil, wine, champagne, beer, spirit etc.

What DOESN’T go in the purple lid bin?

  • Bottle and jar lids and corks NOT attached to the container
  • Drinking glassware and crystal glassware
  • Mirrors and windows
  • Glass bottles containing cigarette butts or lids
  • Broken crockery, bakeware or glass storage containers
  • Perfume bottles

All of these items must be placed in your red lid (landfill) bin, except metal lids which can go in the yellow lid bin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need glass-only recycling?

In addition to complying with State Government standardising household recycling and waste services across the state, large investments are being made into glass reprocessing facilities.

This means glass manufacturers will be able to recycle twice as much glass to create new products.

When will the purple lid bin be delivered?

Delivery of bins to residents begin from April 2024.

How often will the purple lid bin be collected?

Alongside your normal kerbside collection every four weeks. Council will update your collection calendar before this service is introduced.

Please check your own kerbside collection calendar for more details.

How big is the purple lid bin?

The purple lid bin’s capacity is 120L, which is our medium sized bin.

Is the purple lid bin compulsory?

For residential properties, the purple bin is a required part of our standard kerbside collection service.

For all other non-residential properties, the purple bin is optional and will be available on request.

For multi-unit dwellings and lifestyle villages, please contact council if you wish to discuss arrangements for shared bin services.

Please see the Kerbside collection exemption section of our website for more information

Will rural property owners receive a purple lid bin?

Yes, rural property owners will receive a purple bin when the rollout occurs.

If I live in a multi-unit dwelling can I share the bin with a neighbour?

Please contact Council to discuss the possibility of organising a bin-sharing arrangement.

Do I need to remove labels and lids?

Bottles and jars should be empty and clean.

Lids on glass bottles and jars are accepted. Loose lids are to be placed in the yellow lid (commingled) bin.

You do not need to remove labels.

Can I place broken glass in the purple lid bin?

Glass bottles and jars, broken or intact, are accepted in the purple lid bin.

However, there are other glass items cannot be placed in the purple lid bin (broken or intact). Drinking glasses, wine glasses, crystal glassware, crockery, bakeware, glass storage containers, mirrors and windows melt at different temperatures and can’t be recycled. These glass items belong in the red lid bin.

Why separate glass from other materials?

  • reduces contamination (broken glass won't spoil paper, cardboard and plastic recycling);
  • ensures a cleaner pathway to recycling facilities;
  • allows recovery of more resources that get recycled in Victoria;
  • reduces use of virgin materials, making the most of limited natural resources; and
  • increases the value of recyclables by $210 million every year by creating a cleaner stream.