Bass Coast,

Greenwaste Trial Complete

Bass Coast Shire Council will use feedback and results from the Kerbside Greenwaste Trial to investigate providing a kerbside service Shire wide.

Council voted to complete the trial, which is scheduled to finish on 15 March 2015, at last night’s Ordinary Meeting.

The information collected will now form part of the Waste Management Strategy 2015-25 to undertake a full feasibility study, including cost benefit analysis to introduce a three bin system that includes a greenwaste or organics collection.

Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said feedback from particpants in the trial had been very positive.

“Although there was only a low take up rate in the trial, 94.5 per cent of participants were highly satisfied with the service,” Cr Brown said.

“Undertaking a feasibility study will now allow Council to make an informed decision on whether we can extend this service to our entire community,” Cr Brown said.

“To understand the full costs of permanent kerbside greenwaste collection further costs analysis is required.

“This would then enable Council to determine if this should be an ‘opt in or opt out’ service.”

Cr Brown said an ongoing issue for Council is that the greenwaste collected via the kerbside trial, and that received at the transfer stations, does not currently have a viable or sustainable end market, such as a processing or composting facility.

“This means there is no long-term reduction in waste to landfill unless a market can be found,” Cr Brown said.

“Should an end market or other sustainable option become available for disposal of greenwaste, including food waste, then a three bin system would possibly become a viable option.”

The Strategy is currently being developed and will be completed by 30 June 2015.

Cr Brown said all participants were aware the trial would only run from September 2013 until March 2015.

“Until the new strategy identifies the direction Council will take greenwaste collection in future, Phillip Island residents can dispose of greenwaste at the Cowes Public Place Recycling Bank in Dunsmore Road,” Cr Brown said.

All participants will receive notification from Council with details regarding the trial completion.