Bass Coast,

Free Green Waste Disposal During Amnesty Period

Bass Coast Shire Council is once again providing a Green Waste Amnesty Period, running from 1 November to 15 December.

During this six-week period, residents and visitors will be able to dispose of domestic sized loads of green waste free of charge at Grantville, Inverloch and Wonthaggi Waste Transfer Stations, and Cowes Public Place Recycling Bank.

“Council provides an amnesty period to encourage residents to prepare for the fire season each year by clearing their properties of long grass and overhanging tree branches,” Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist, said.

“Weed species and species that cannot physically be mulched, such as palm fronds, are not accepted and fees will apply should people wish to dispose of them.”

For disposal fees and opening hours, please visit Council’s website at

Green Waste Site at Cowes Public Place Recycling Bank

The Cowes Public Place Recycling Bank on Dunsmore Road will be accepting green waste from 1 November in line with the Green Waste Amnesty Period.

Ms Sist said load sizes for green waste would be limited at the facility.

“Load sizes up to a caged tandem trailer will be accepted, including both domestic and small commercial loads,” she said.

The site is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Ms Sist said due to restricted access at the facility, people needed to be aware it would be in extremely high demand during the opening weekend of the amnesty period.

“We strongly recommend that, if able, you should deposit your green waste on an alternate weekend within the amnesty period to avoid queuing. Customers looking to deposit general waste or recycling should also be aware of potential delays,” Ms Sist said.

“Should there be extensive queues, access to the facility will be shut off after 3.00pm to allow the unloading of vehicles already on site. Large vehicles such as light trucks and lorries as well as vehicles or trailers with tipping functions will only be accepted at Grantville.”

Ms Sist said the Recycling Bank was limited in the days and hours it was able to operate and be open to the public.

“The use of the site is controlled by planning legislation and guidance from the EPA. It is important that controls are in place to reduce impacts on neighbours from noise and odours as well as to allow safe and healthy management of the site,” Ms Sist said.

“The green waste is not permitted to be mulched on site so must be transported off site for processing. This is why it is closed on some days.”

Should you have any waste management enquiries, please contact Council’s Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) for further information.