Bass Coast,

Council considers three bin system

Bass Coast Shire Council will consider introducing a three bin system which will include an organics bin for kitchen food waste items and green waste.

The new system would include a 240L weekly kitchen food and garden organics collection (including kitchen caddy); a 240L fortnightly recycling collection; and a 120L fortnightly residual waste (garbage) collection.

The change would reduce Council’s EPA Landfill Levy costs by over $127,000 per year, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 2,600 tonnes of CO2 and reduce landfill airspace consumption by approximately 5,400m3 ever year with the removal of around 4,075 tonnes of organic waste from the kerbside waste stream.

The Introduction of this service would require a change in the way kerbside collection services are delivered with organics being collection weekly, and garbage and recyclables being collected fortnightly. The volume of waste in the general garbage bin would be reduced by up to 72 per cent, and would not include perishable food waste, therefore not omitting odour.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the completion of the Organics Options Analysis study allowed Council to make an informed decision regarding the implication, cost and benefits of introducing an organics collection service to the Shire.

“The introduction of a weekly kerbside kitchen food and garden organics collection service has potential to divert a significant amount of organic material currently being sent to landfill through kerbside garbage bins, as well as offer an environmentally sustainable disposal option for organic waste,” Cr Crugnale said.

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group board member, Cr Neil Rankine, said the new system would be a step forward for the community.

"Our community has been very active in calling for a green waste bin shire-wide, and introducing a kitchen food and garden organics bin is taking it one step further," Cr Rakine said.

Council is currently tendering its waste services, including kerbside collection. Prospective tenderers have been asked to provide financial and logistical information regarding an organic kerbside collection service.

The cost of this service to households will not be known until tenders have been awarded.