Bass Coast,
28
December
2018
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04:38
Australia/Melbourne

Keep up war on waste

waste

Bass Coast Shire Council is working hard with the community to ensure we are all doing our bit to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Council’s war on waste started with the introduction of the Organics bin in September 2017, in addition to existing Landfill and Recycling services. Since the introduction of the three-bin system, up to 77 per cent of all kerbside waste has been diverted from landfill, which is a great result. This includes around 9,000 tonnes of organic waste which has been composted and reused as organic fertiliser for food production.

Council would like to congratulate the community for showing great commitment to sorting and managing waste, which is evident through low contamination rates. Rates are lower than one per cent in kerbside Organic bins and lower than six per cent in kerbside Recycling bins, the most common contaminant is still the pesky plastic bag.

More than 20 Victorian Councils are operating, or are in progress of introducing an Organics service, including our sister holiday destination, Surf Coast Shire.

Bass Coast’s 2018/19 Bin Calendars are now available. There are two calendars available, one for each collection zone, so be sure to pick up the correct one. The 2018/19 Bin Calendars can be collected from Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres, as well as post offices in Cowes, Inverloch, San Remo and Grantville, or downloaded from Council’s website: basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste. The calendars can also be posted on request.

Caddy liners for use in the Organics kitchen caddies are supplied by Council and can be collected from Bass Coast Customer Service Centres, Visitor Information Centres and Transfer Stations. Caddy liners cannot be replaced with other plastic or biodegradable bags, as these will contaminate the Organics waste.

In a positive step forward, Council adopted the Single Use Plastic Free Policy in November and will actively encourage businesses and the community to stop the use of single use plastics. Being a coastal community, our unique natural environment is one of our most valuable assets. Our community has a role to play in helping remove plastics from our waterways, parks, beaches and bushland to promote the health of our abundant wildlife and natural environment.