Bass Coast,
05
October
2018
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01:17
Australia/Melbourne

Three bin system saves 77% of kerbside waste from landfill

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Since the three-bin system was introduced in Bass Coast in September last year, the community has diverted a huge 77 per cent of kerbside waste from landfill. This includes 8,841 tonnes of organic waste which has been composted and reused as organic fertiliser for food production.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that in 2015-16, before the introduction of an Organics bin, just 29.8 per cent of Bass Coast’s kerbside waste was diverted from Landfill.

“Such a huge diversion of waste away from our 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.

The annual supply of caddy liners supplied by Council for use in the Organics bin can be collected from Bass Coast Customer Service Centres. The 2018-19 Bin Calendars can also be collected from Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres, as well as post offices in Cowes, Inverloch, San Remo and Grantville, or downloaded from Council’s website: basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste.  

It’s great to see more Council’s joining us in the War on Waste,” Cr Rothfield said.

“There are now 18 Councils in Victoria with a kerbside Organics collection, and four more doing a trial.”

The Bass Coast community has shown its commitment to sorting and managing waste correctly through low contamination rates. Rates are lower than one per cent in kerbside landfill bins and lower than six per cent in kerbside recycling bins, the most common contaminant still being the pesky plastic bag.

Bass Coast Council has also contributed to diverting approximately 1million pieces of plastic packaging from landfill through purchasing recycled plastic products from Replas. Replas recycle plastics into assets such as bollards, park benches, pickets, outdoor seats and tables.

For more information, to request a 2018-19 Bin Calendar or for questions on collecting your supply of caddy liners, contact Bass Coast Shire Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.