Community engagement on the Waste Collection Zones closed on 2 May 2016. We are currently reviewing feedback and will update you shortly.

Over the past three years the City of Melbourne has introduced new waste and recycling infrastructure in four central city priority areas: Bullens Lane in Chinatown, Kirks Lane near Hardware Lane, Lacey Place in Chinatown and Caledonian Lane off Little Bourke Street.

This new infrastructure has been successful in reducing the amount of dumped rubbish and the number of overflowing bins.

We are now looking to build on the existing program through the introduction of Waste Collection Zones in the central city.

The proposed Waste Collection Zones (PDF 333.66) would be areas where:

  • Communal garbage compactors and recycling bins would be provided for businesses and residents to use.
  • A fee would be charged for businesses to use the communal garbage compactors.
  • Private bins would not be allowed to be stored in the public space.

Read the FAQs to find out more about Waste Collection Zones.


Thank you for providing feedback on the Waste Collection Zones proposal. On 7 June 2016, the Future Melbourne Committee approved the introduction of a funding model for the garbage compactor service.

From 1 October 2016, businesses will pay a fee based on the number of times they use the garbage compactors. There will be no charge to residents or small businesses with minimal amounts of rubbish that would otherwise use the weekly garbage collection provided to rateable properties. By introducing a fee-paying model for the use of compactors, we aim to ensure their long-term operation and we will continue to reduce the environmental problems arising from the collection and on-street storage of waste bins.

If your business is affected by the new fee-paying model, we will be in touch with you directly over the coming weeks to provide more information.

July 8, 2016

Thank you for your recent feedback on the Waste Collection Zones proposal. A report will be considered by the Future Melbourne Committee at it's meeting on Tuesday 7 June 2016. The report includes a summary of results from the community engagement. Click here to view the report and details of the meeting.

June 3, 2016