Three bins are coming!
Bass Coast Shire Council is introducing a 3-bin kerbside collection service in September this year and it’s time to get excited and learn a bit more about your new waste system.
Your new bins will be arriving from mid July. You will receive three new bins: a 240 litre Recycling bin with a yellow lid, a 240L Organics bin with a green lid, and a 120L Landfill bin with a red lid. You will also receive an education pack to help you use the new waste system.
The green lidded Organics bin is the new edition for Bass Coast Shire. It will be collected weekly and in it you can put all of your food scraps (including meat, seafood, bread and dairy products), garden and green waste, compostable kitty litter and pet manure, even tissues and paper towels.
This organic waste will be processed into certified organic compost which is returned to farms and public gardens to improve soils.
To keep the process clean and easy, along with the three bins you will receive a kitchen caddy and year supply of compostable caddy bags. People are encouraged to put their organic waste in their bag lined caddy, tie up the bags when full, and then place the caddy bag in the green lidded bin. It's important to use the compostable bags supplied to prevent contamination.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explains how the new three bin system will have a positive and lasting impact on our environment and sustainability.
“On average, Bass Coast Shire kerbside bins contain 61% organic material, that’s a lot of waste unnecessarily going into Landfill,” Cr Rothfield said.
“When organic waste rots in Landfill it creates greenhouse gases. Forecasting shows that our current greenhouse gas emissions are around 7700 tonnes of CO2 each year, and removing our kerbside organics from Landfill will reduce this by more than 2500 tonnes.”
“Introducing the Organics bin will also reduce the landfill levies paid to the State Government where we are charged per tonne.”
The new bins will be delivered to each household from mid July through to the end of August. Old bins will be collected once the service starts in early September. Your new bins will have large stickers with information on when to put your old bins out for collection.
The cost of the Organics service is currently $51 per year and has been prorated for the 2017/18 garbage charge to allow for the two months the service is not in place.
More information is available at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Organics or by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.