Council targets glass recycling in new plan

By Jessica Micallef

Macedon Ranges council is about to start a glass recycling trial in Lancefield.

About 800 properties in the area will participate in the trial which will begin in August and will run for six months.

After the trial is complete, the council will consider if it can offer an ongoing glass recycling collection service in the Macedon Ranges.

Acting assets and operations director Anne-Louise Linder said while glass was already being recycled by residents, the glass often became broken and mixed with other recyclables.

“When glass is broken and embedded in cardboard and paper, it is difficult to extract and recycle,” she said.

“Glass is a valuable resource and by improving the amount retrieved, council can ensure more is recycled and reused.

“The separated glass material can also be used for manufacture of new glass containers.

“The change also has a positive impact for other recyclables such as cardboard or paper, as it has higher market value when free of embedded glass.”

Households in the trial area will receive a separate 140-litre bin and information regarding the trial.

The trial is free and an information session on the trial will be held on July 21 at 10am at Lancefield Park, Chauncey Street.