Victorian households will use a purple-lidded bin for glass recycling from next year.
The addition of the fourth-bin to homes - along with the red-lidded household waste bin, the yellow-lidded plastics, metal and paper bin and the green-lidded food and garden organics bin - is the first state government policy to be introduced as part of the Recycling Victoria Package.
Premier Daniel Andrews and environment minister Lily D'Ambrosio made the announcement on Monday that also included a container-deposit scheme being introduced from 2023.
Victoria is the only Australian state without a container-deposit program.
"It's recycling an old idea (and) has many benefits," Ms D'Ambrosio said.
"Victoria had a container-deposit scheme many, many years ago," Mr Fraser said. "It reduces littering and the amount of materials lost to the environment and clubs and associations can fundraise from it."
The two introductions hope to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by 80 per cent over the next 10 years.
Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group executive officer Gordon Fraser said the prospect of new recycling policies was exciting.
"This is a paradigm shift for waste and resource recovery in Victoria," he said.
The rollout of the new bins will be informed by the needs of local communities and existing council contracts.
"The details of how the delivery of services will be prescribed left up to councils," Mr Fraser said.
"But the objective is to deliver a service that delivers a four-bin-like outcome. Some smaller councils may have alternative ways to keeping glass (separate).
"I'm confident the community of Victoria is caring and compassionate about the future of planet and will get behind this."
Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group executive officer La Vergne Lehmann welcomed the announcement but said councils will need be on the same page if the policies were to have a positive impact.
"It's going to be really important that councils work on a plan to deliver that over the next few years," she said.
"We need to end up with a level of consistency (between them) - we can't instigate a food or garden waste service if you've got no where for it to go. You need to make sure there's a local infrastructure.
"It's a lot more complicated than just a few more bins."
Ms Lehmann said beyond working with government, waste recovery groups and councils will need to engage extensively with community members and with manufacturers to ensure the scheme is sustainable.
"We've had the current system for quite a number of years now and it will take time to make the changes," she said.
"We will need to do a lot of education and engagement with the community and with manufacturers, so it's a big task and there's a lot to do."
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