Bass Coast,

Free green waste disposal

Bass Coast Shire Council will once again offer its Green Waste Amnesty fee-free disposal period from 1 November until 15 December 2015.

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

Council offers this service to coincide with the CFA Fire Readiness period by offering free green waste disposal to encourage residents to clean up around their properties by removing overhanging limbs, dry leaves and cutting long grass.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown asked people to please be patient when taking advantage of the free disposal period, especially at the Cowes Recycling Bank facility due to restricted traffic movement on the site.

“We expect all facilities will be in high demand during the opening weekend of the amnesty period and it is strongly recommended where possible, that people deposit their green waste on an alternate weekend within the amnesty period to avoid queuing,” Cr Brown said.

“Customers looking to deposit general waste or recycling should also be aware of potential delays during this period.”

Should there be extensive queues, the gates at the Cowes facility will be closed at 3.00pm to allow the unloading of vehicles already on site. This is to ensure that operations do not extend the approved opening hours.

Weed species and species that cannot be physically mulched will not be accepted in the green waste disposal, and fees will apply.

To identify weed species please visit

For Transfer Station locations and opening times, please visit

Please note, tree lopping and native vegetation removal may require a planning permit. For any permit enquiries, please contact Council’s Planning Team, or for any waste management enquiries, contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 for further information.