Weekly green bin trial area

If you’re one of the many households taking part in our food waste recycling service, you are helping us turn food scraps into compost for use in parks, gardens and farms. 

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  • Recycle food waste in your green bin

On Tuesday 21 July 2020 Council endorsed a further rollout of the weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service to the wider Glen Eira community — and a continued weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service in the trial area.

Feedback from residents throughout the trial period and waste audits completed between September 2019 and June 2020 informed this decision. Residents will be notified in advance of any changes to their collection schedule once the timeframe for the rollout to the wider community has been determined. 

Thank you for your participation in the weekly green bin trial. The trial allowed us to test whether a weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin could support our community’s waste needs, reduce waste to landfill and increase food waste recycling.

The weekly collection of your green bin and fortnightly collection of your red bin will now be an ongoing collection schedule for your area.

  • Green bin (food scraps and garden waste): every week
  • Yellow recycling bin and red garbage bin: every fortnight

To determine if you are part of this area, please see the map below.

The area is bounded by Mckinnon Road, Thomas Street, Wheatley Road and North Road.

Here’s what to do

Your new bin collection calendar

Download your calendar (PDF attached)

  • McKinnon resident Diane Shonberg on Food Waste Recycling


What goes in each bin?

  • It’s important that you put the right items in each bin, otherwise the entire bin contents will end up in landfill. Don’t use plastic bags in your recycling or green bins. Plastic bags can be used in red bins.
  • Our fact sheet explains what can and can’t go in your red, green and recycling bins.
  • Not sure what goes in your recycling bin? Check out our Recycling A-Z guide.
  • Food scraps are no longer garbage. More information on food waste recycling.


Why is there a weekly green bin collection?

  • Before we introduced food waste recycling, food made up about 50 per cent of the waste in household red bins. Keeping food waste out of landfill is one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change.
  • Left in landfills, rotting food waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, resulting in a terrible environmental impact.
  • It’s now 18 months since we introduced this service, and there’s now far more food scraps in green bins and less food in red bins. People who are using the food waste recycling service also report emptier red bins and smellier green bins.
  • As a result, many residents have asked us to change to a weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service to help reduce odours.

How do I get a green bin and/or a kitchen caddy?

  • If you don’t have a green bin or a kitchen caddy, please contact Council on 9524 3333 and we will deliver one free of charge. If you do not currently have a green bin and you’re the property resident, you are eligible for a free green bin regardless of whether you are an owner or renter,
  • The kitchen caddy sits on your kitchen counter to make placing food scraps in your green bin easy. If you would like a kitchen caddy 9524 3333 or email  recyclingandwaste@gleneira.vic.gov.au.

What if my red bin is full and I need more space?

  • If your red bin becomes full, do not put non-recyclable materials in your recycling bin otherwise the entire bin contents will end up in landfill. Email us at recyclingandwaste@gleneira.vic.gov.au or call on 9524 3333 for tips on reducing your waste and making best use of your green bin.
  • Residents in the trial area with a newborn, medical needs, or large families, may be entitled to a large or additional red bin at a reduced rate. Please email us at recyclingandwaste@gleneira.vic.gov.au or call on 9524 3333 and we will guide you through the application process. For all other residents in the trial area, we can discuss your concerns and give you tips on making the best use of your green bin and reducing household waste.

What if my bin needs cleaning?

We have negotiated an arrangement with The Bin Butlers who can offer you a competitive price on their bin cleaning. This offer is available to all Glen Eira residents with bin sizes up to and including 360L.

If you would like to book a bin cleaning service, contact Bin Butlers directly on 1300 788 123 or visit thebinbutlers.com.au*

To receive your discount when booking online:

  • choose your options
  • go to cart or checkout
  • add your coupon code
  • your coupon code will be your postcode-40% (eg. 3204-40%)

*By accessing this link you will be leaving the Glen Eira City Council’s website. If you engage The Bin Butlers’ services, you will be entering into a separate transaction with The Bin Butlers, which is subject to The Bin Butlers’ terms and conditions of use. Glen Eira City Council is not a party to and does not accept responsibility for any transaction between The Bin Butlers and its customers and is not liable for any loss or damage resulting from use of The Bin Butlers’ website or services provided by The Bin Butlers.

Is Glen Eira still recycling yellow bin materials?

  • Glen Eira’s recycling service is unaffected by reported issues with SKM recycling facilities. Recyclables from Council’s waste services are not going to landfill. Our recycling is sorted, processed, and recycled by a different facility, Polytrade. 

Am I definitely in the weekly green bin collection area?

  • The weekly green bin collection area is approximately 900 households bordered by North Road, Thomas Street, McKinnon Street and Wheatley Road. All residents in the area have received a letter from Council with their new collection calendar.

The area is marked in yellow on the map here.


What should we do if we are a family with children in nappies?

We want to support residents adjust to the trial and see if we can help you manage your household waste needs. Young children in nappies often means the amount of waste that needs to go into the red bin is higher than other households. Sustainability Victoria has a great page with an overview on nappies and information  on how to choose a sustainable re-usable option such as cloth nappies. Head over to Sustainability Victoria for some tips.

If a re-usable nappy option is not feasible, you may be entitled to a large or additional red bin at no additional cost. Please email us at recyclingandwaste@gleneira.vic.gov.au or call on 9524 3333 and we will guide you through the application process.