Council’s four bin service kicks off in February

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Surf Coast Shire Council’s new four-bin kerbside collection system, including a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service and glass-only bin service, will start 1 February 2021.

The new four-bin service applies to all urban residents and any rural residents that receive Surf Coast Shire Council’s waste service.

The service was originally due to begin from 6 July 2020 but was postponed because of COVID-19. It is part of Council’s commitment to improve waste management, promote sustainability, and respond to the climate emergency, and is also aligned with state directives to transform recycling in Victoria.

Council ran a successful pilot of the FOGO service in Anglesea in 2018/19, and the service has remained in place.

Preparing for the service:

  • In December/January, township residents will receive an extra kerbside wheelie bin with a purple lid for collecting glass.
  • Rural properties will receive the purple-lidded bin and a green organics bin for food organics and garden organics.
  • Households will also receive a small kitchen caddy to sit on the bench and aid in the collection of organic scraps.

From 1 February 2021:

  • All organic waste, including food and garden waste, will go in the lime green-lidded organics bin and will no longer be accepted in the landfill bin from this date.
  • Households will start putting glass bottles and jars in the purple-lidded bin. It will no longer be accepted in the recycling bin from this date.

  • The yellow bin will continue to be used for collection of paper and cardboard, rigid plastics 1-5, steel and aluminium cans.
  • Other general household waste will continue to go in the landfill bin.

Landfill bin lids that are maroon or green will be changed to red in December and January during your regular collection day. Residents are asked to put the bin out the night before and bring it in the morning after your collection day so our contractors have a chance to get each bin lid swapped.

The introduction of a glass-only bin service will reduce broken glass contaminating other recyclable materials, with glass to be recycled separately and can be reused locally.

Organic materials will be kept out of landfill and composted to be used at farms and in parks via the FOGO collection.

Waste collection charges will not increase as a result of the change, with Council acknowledging Victorian Government funding received through Sustainability Victoria.

An informative calendar will be mailed out to residents early next year, and detailed information, including changes to collection frequency, can be found online at

Residents and non-resident ratepayers are encouraged to visit the website, sign up for the e-newsletter, and follow Surf Coast Shire Council on social media to keep up-to-date with the deliveries and changes to the waste service.

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