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What can I recycle?
We want to get our contamination rate of recycling bins down to zero and reduce how much waste is going to landfill.
Leave the bag out
In 2019, Ballarat residents heeded the call to ‘pass on glass’ and leave glass bottles and jars out of their yellow-lidded recycling bins. Now it’s time to ‘leave the bag out’.
Rethinking our recycling and waste collections | ourballarat summer 2022-23
By 2030, all households in Victoria will have access to the same waste and recycling services, separating their waste and recycling into four streams - food organics and garden organics (FOGO), glass, mixed recycling and household waste. The City of Ballarat is asking you to have your say to help us shape the future of our kerbside waste and recycling collections.
Don’t dump your DIY junk
Don’t put DIY project waste in your yellow recycling bin. Contamination in our recycling bins is usually around 16% but is now at 20% to 25%, with a lot of this including DIY project waste.
Recycling in Ballarat changed in 2019 and our recycling company is unable to take glass to recycle. To keep recycling glass, we have a local contractor who can recycle glass for us. To recycle your glass, you will need to keep glass out of the yellow-lidded kerbside recycling bins and take your glass recycling to a Pass on Glass site in Ballarat. Please remove the lids and, if possible, labels off all glass bottles and jars before taking th...
Passing on our glass
Glass was one of the first materials many of us remember separating for recycling – whether through the return systems (milk bottles, soft drinks) or in crates for recycling as kerbside collection came into practice. With the way we recycle continuing to change, the City of Ballarat is leading the way in glass recycling with its Pass on Glass initiative.
Tucked away in Mitchell Park’s industrial area is a perfect example of the circular economy in action.
All residential properties will have a 140L rubbish bin and a 240L recycling bin. Properties that are rated as a detached home and between 250m2 and 4000m2 will also receive a 240L green waste bin. Rubbish bins are collected weekly and recycling and green waste bins are collected on alternate fortnights.
Why has Australia had a recycling crisis?
For many years, much of Victoria's recycling material, including glass, has been collected, bailed up and shipped overseas for processing. This is no longer an option. Australia is now competing with other countries to access smaller and shrinking markets – particularly for glass. The need to find a sustainable new approach to recycling became more urgent after the collapse of SKM which collected recyclables for more than 30 Vic...