New ways with waste

A range of new approaches for managing waste are being adopted by Council, prompted in part by the imminent closure of the Rhyll Transfer Station in June 2013.

A report to the April Council meeting outlined a number of ideas to help lessen the impact of the transfer station closure.

Changes include a public place recycling centre in Cowes and a greenwaste collection trial in the northern part of Phillip Island.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve, said it was exciting to see some of the new proposals being considered.

“Although Council is responding to the immediate issue of the Rhyll site closing, there is a global shift in the approach to managing waste,” said Cr Le Serve.

“This is an opportunity to alleviate the impact of the closure on Phillip Island residents and trial programs that could benefit the whole community long term.

"Transfer Stations are, by definition, a temporary place for waste and unwanted matter to be deposited, until it is processed and transported somewhere else,” explained Cr Le Serve.

“By providing some alternative services and investigating other options, we can encourage and support people in the way they deal with waste.”

Recycling centre and green waste trial
The Mayor confirmed that a public place recycling centre will open in Dunsmore Road in Cowes prior to the closure of the Transfer Station.

“This centre will accept items similar to those placed in the normal kerbside recycling bins, such as plastic bottles, glass or cardboard.

“We are also going to run an 18 month trial for a green waste collection in northern Phillip Island, which includes the towns of Cowes, Ventnor, Rhyll, Silverleaves and Wimbledon Heights,” said Cr Le Serve.

“Residents already pay a garbage charge to cover kerbside waste and recycling but we felt that many houses would not have a weekly or fortnightly need for a green waste service.

“After a lot of consideration, we decided an opt-in user-pays system was the fairest approach. This means people who don’t have a lot of green waste, or who prefer to deal with their green waste by mulching or composting, don’t pay for a service they would not use.”

People in the trial area will be contacted to see if they wish to take part and regular reviews will be run throughout the trial.

Council is also investigating the potential for a greenwaste drop off site on Phillip Island, although a suitable site has not been identified yet.

Waste for landfill
From the start of July, Phillip Island residents will need to take bagged rubbish to the Grantville Landfill or the Wonthaggi Transfer Station.

“Hopefully most people are able to get rid of their waste through the weekly garbage collections which service 97 per cent of the households on the Island,” said Cr Le Serve.

“If you find that you can’t fit your rubbish into the 120 litre garbage bins, please contact our Waste Management staff. They can help you reduce the amount of waste you produce.  Talk to them to find out if any of the things in your rubbish bin can be recycled or if a composting system is an option for your household.

“Don’t forget that you can also book a hardwaste collection through Council for $25.  Every resident is entitled to one of these each year and you can include unwanted items like furniture, household appliances, timber, electrical equipment, crockery and china.”

Details of Waste Services, including Transfer Station opening times and Hardwaste services are available at http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Services/Waste_Management.

Rhyll Transfer Station Closure
The Rhyll site will close on 30 June 2013.   Due to its proximity to the Rhyll Inlet and the Ramsar wetlands, the site is being rehabilitated and planted out with indigenous vegetation.  Since 2007, Council has spent $1.55 million restoring the site and has committed to looking after and restoring the site for the next 30 years.