New bins update

Bass Coast’s three bin system has been in place for eight weeks and early results show a significant increase in waste diverted from landfill, and an average contamination of less than 1%.

During the retrieval of old bins, over 44,000 old bins have been collected to be recycled or reused. The collection of these old bins forms a part of the waste service contract which includes the exchange of the old bins.

The results show positive increase in the diversion of landfill. In 2015-2016, Bass Coast’s kerbside waste diverted from landfill was 29.8%. Since the introduction of the organics bin this diversion rate has increased to around 78%.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained the impact these results have on the community.

“Seeing such a huge reduction in the waste, which would have previously gone to landfill, means that we are increasing the lifespan of our landfill cells, reducing the EPA levies we pay, and importantly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our landfill,” Cr Rothfield said.

“I congratulate and thank the community for their commitment to and use of the new system. Clearly, our community have a good understanding of how it works and its benefits.”

While less than 1% contamination rate is fantastic, there are some easy ways we can all help to reduce this further. Some common forms of contamination include using the standard supermarket style plastic bags in the Organics or Recycling bins.

Waste in your Organics bin can only be placed in an Australian Standard lime green compostable bag, such as the Council supplied caddy liners. Organic waste does not need to be bagged, it can go straight into the Organics bin loose.

Residents can also use the Organics bin for their garden waste, including weeds which would incur charges at waste transfer stations. When using the bin for garden waste, be mindful to keep to the 60kg weight limit. If you are having trouble wheeling your bin around it may be over the weight limit.

Over the Christmas period there will be a weekly Recycling collection as per previous years, Organics collection will continue weekly and Landfill collection fortnightly.

If you have any questions or would like more information, visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/organics or contact Council’s Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278)