Bass Coast,
04
February
2016
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01:01
Australia/Melbourne

Unnecessary dumping robs rate payers

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Many community members may not be aware that Bass Coast Shire Council’s waste facilities accept many common illegally dumped items for free.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said residents are not only restricted to recycling the types of items that can fit into their household recycling bin, such as glass bottles, plastic containers, paper and cardboard.

“Council’s Transfer Stations accept old whitegoods and large appliances, small appliances such as microwaves and toasters, scrap steel, household and car batteries, mobile phones, and garden and garage equipment – all for free. Rate payers are also eligible for a $35 subsidised 2m³ hard waste collection each year,” Cr Crugnale said.

Areas around the Shire are being monitored for illegal dumping and offenders will face enforcement action under Victoria’s Environment Protection Act 1970.

Recently on Phillip Island, Council workers picked up a large trailer load of illegally dumped rubbish from one stretch of back road.

The majority of items could have been taken to the Cowes Recycling Bank or any other Council Transfer Station for free or for under $10.

Another collection of illegal dumping consisting of household furniture could have been collected through booking a $35 hard waste collection.

Cr Crugnale said removing illegally dumped waste can cost anywhere from $100 to $225, depending on what and where the dumping occurs.

“It is then up to the community to foot the bill of removing and disposing of these items; money that could be better spent elsewhere,” she said.

Council also accepts some e-waste for free, such as televisions, printers, computers, tablets, hard drives, mice, motherboards, keyboards and computer monitors. Other items, such as DVD players, gaming consoles, VCRs, radios and stereos, can be disposed of for just $5 per item.

Items like tyres, mattresses and gas bottles can also be recycled, but incur a fee, as it costs to transport them to Melbourne to be recycled.

Illegal green waste dumping is also a major issue across the Shire.

Green waste not only incurs the same clean-up costs associated with rubbish clean-ups, but can cause the spread of weeds.

Green waste can be disposed of at all of Council’s Transfer Stations and the Cowes Recycling Bank for a minimal fee throughout the year and each November, green waste disposal is free at all Council waste facilities.

For a full list of Council Transfer Station locations, fees and conditions, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste.

Members of the community are encouraged to report illegal dumpers to Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or the EPA on 1300 EPA VIC (372 842).