Bass Coast,
28
November
2014
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05:37
Australia/Melbourne

Summer Campaign To Keep Bass Coast Beautiful

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Bass Coast Shire Council is motivating the Bass Coast community, particularly Phillip Island residents and visitors, to recycle more with a ‘Keep Bass Coast Beautiful’ campaign this summer.

The campaign is supported by $56,500 in funding from the Australian Packaging Covenant, a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said she’d like to see residents and visitors recycle more packaging materials over the 2014/15 summer period compared to the same time last year.

“There are three specific objectives for this project,” Cr Brown said.

“With the community’s help, Council will be aiming to increase the amount of recyclables collected from kerbside and public place recycling bins by 20 tonnes during December and January, reduce the contamination level of recycling bins by 10 per cent over the same period and reduce litter in public places by 25 per cent.”

Cr Brown said a key part of the project is the installation of modern bin lifter equipment at Cowes Recycling Bank and Wonthaggi Recycling and Waste Transfer Station.

“The new recycling bin lifters will make it a lot easier and quicker to drop off whole bin-loads of recyclable waste packaging,” Cr Brown said.

“Hopefully the free and fast drop-off will motivate a lot more households, business owners and visitors to keep recyclable waste separate from non-recyclables.”

Recycling can be dropped off at all four Council waste disposal facilities without charge.

Visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste for locations and operating hours of waste disposal facilities.

The Australian Packaging Covenant grant will also help Council distribute 10,000 recycling bin stickers to remind people to empty recycling out of plastic bags, and Council staff will host promotional activities in public places and at community events throughout the summer.

“Council gratefully acknowledges the funding and support received for this exciting project from the Australian Packaging Covenant,” Cr Brown said.