Bass Coast provide excess landfill solution
Bass Coast Shire Council has acknowledged the need for a solution to dispose of excess landfill waste over the busy summer holiday period, and residents can now take the equivalent volume of a red-lidded landfill bin to any of Council’s waste facilities free of charge, until Friday, 26 January.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the change was a result of significant community feedback received.
“We understand the impact this has had on our community and our visitors and we will take all feedback into consideration for future holiday periods,” Cr Rothfield said.
“We have endeavoured to increase the kerbside collection – but unfortunately this cannot be achieved, as the service is currently operating at maximum capacity. At the moment, it is just not possible to make any changes to the current summer kerbside collection timetable. We have heard the community’s frustrations, and we hope that the free landfill drop off will help ease some of the issues.”
Waste facilities located in Cowes, Grantville and Wonthaggi are open 7 days, and the Inverloch facility is open Saturday to Monday. Locations and opening hours can be found at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/wastefacilities.
This is the first summer for the three bin system which was introduced on 4 September 2017. Results from the new system are exceeding expectations, averaging 80 per cent of waste, which would have previously gone to landfill, now being turned into compost via the new organics system.
Contamination rates are also consistently low, with a consistent average of below one per cent.
“The low contamination rates we have received so far are a wonderful endorsement, that our community is embracing the system and joining our war on waste,” Cr Rothfield said.
Property owners can also increase the size of their landfill bin from a 120 litre bin, to a 240 litre bin service, at a charge of $132.50 per year.
For more information visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste