Reduce Waste, Save Fees

Bass Coast residents are reducing the amount of waste being diverted from landfill through recycling, with around 3,000 tonnes of waste being recycled annually.

Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group board member, Cr Bradley Drew, congratulated residents on contributing less recyclables to landfill, with sending waste to landfill a costly exercise.

“Poor recycling practices at a minority of households, plus seasonal tourism pressures, can contribute to a significant amount of recyclable materials going to landfill, resulting in unnecessary waste disposal costs to ratepayers exceeding $180,000 annually,” Cr Drew said.

 “The ever increasing management and regulatory costs are also passed onto the producer through Council’s ‘user pays’ system of waste management,” Cr Drew said.

Inline with increases in EPA levies and the additional costs of landfilling, transfer station fees will be increasing as of 1 July 2014

However, residents can reduce what they pay at the transfer station easily by sorting out your general waste from your recyclables.

“Mixed loads are treated and charged as general waste due to the difficulty of sorting the material, but if your general waste and recyclables are sorted into separate loads, your transfer station attendants can easily charge for the smaller amount of general waste and your recycling disposed of free of charge,” Cr Drew.

“This is a great way of reducing costs, while also helping your community and the environment.”

Cr Drew said residents can also reduce their costs at the transfer station by finding alternatives to disposal.

“You may wish to find out if friends or second hand stores may take things like furniture and sporting goods, while volunteer and community groups may find use for things you no longer need and are planning to throw away,” Cr Drew said.

“Paint, tools and building materials can often be used by groups doing small projects. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Please see Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au or call customer service on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) for additional information on transfer station and landfill prices, as well as information on what you can recycle in the home and at transfer stations.