All Victorian households will have to sort their waste into four separate bins by 2030, according to new laws to be introduced in the state legislature.
The circular economy (waste reduction and recycling) bill to be introduced on Wednesday will establish Recycling Victoria, which will oversee and regulate the state’s recycling sector from July 2022.
The body, which will be part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will oversee the transition of all municipal councils to the four-bucket system by 2030, as well as a container deposit scheme from 2023.
Residents of 13 municipalities currently use four bins: red for waste, purple for glass, yellow for paper and plastic and green for ecology.
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the new laws would bring clarity and uniformity to the state’s recycling sector.
“For far too long, we have had a sector that has been desegregated, that has been very incoherent, with a wide range of different rules that exist across a wide range of different municipalities, making it really difficult for Victorians who want to do the right thing in terms of recycling, ”she said.
D’Ambrosio said the new measures would lead up to 650,000 tonnes of organic waste away from the landfill, increase Victoria’s economy by up to $ 6.7 billion by 2030 and create nearly 4,000 jobs.