Bass Coast,

Messy Start To The Year


Bass Coast Shire Council’s waste collectors were faced with a messy start to the year when they discovered dozens of waste and recycle bins pushed over in Cowes.

Truck drivers were left no option but to walk the streets picking up bins and litter before they could start emptying them.

Council’s Acting General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Jodi Kennedy, said it wasn’t the best way for our local recycling and waste collection drivers to have to start their new year.

“With all the entertainment options on Phillip Island for New Year Eve, unfortunately some people thought it would be great fun to push over dozens of bins that were out for collection on Thursday,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It is very disappointing to see this kind of behaviour and for those who think pushing over bins is a bit of harmless fun, please consider the extra work that has to be done by the drivers as a result of your actions.”

Shire wide, Ms Kennedy said while Council staff spent around 10 hours cleaning up Cowes, Wonthaggi and Inverloch after New Year’s Eve celebrations, the amount of rubbish collected was similar to previous years.

“At Cowes, six cleaning staff contractors helped Council staff clean the foreshore and beaches, while another six staff members and the street sweeper cleaned up Cowes and parts of the foreshore,” Ms Kennedy said.

“The clean-up took five hours and around 30 cubic metres

“While there was a lot of broken glass, vandalism was minimal.

Ms Kennedy said five staff members and a street sweeper also spent around five hours cleaning Inverloch and Wonthaggi, while there was minimal rubbish found at San Remo.