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VICKY IS COMING TO
BASS COAST SUMMER SHOW
13 January, 2018
Here’s a few points from the Mayor,
Cr Pamela Rothfield:
• Landfill bins (with the red lid)
are still a fortnightly collection as
audits from last Christmas holidays
showed 69 per cent of this waste
was organics. With the introduc-
tion of the new weekly organics bin
(green lid), the audit indicated that
a fortnightly general waste collection
would be adequate.
• Public place bins in Cowes and
Inverloch are being serviced daily
throughout the summer season.
• Holiday homes often require ad-
ditional waste management as part
of their business model. As with any
business, some overhead costs need
to be managed by the owner/opera-
tor and waste management is one of
these services. Council are able to
provide additional waste services to
such properties on a long-term basis
however, we recommend that holiday
home owners work with commer-
cial providers for short term waste
management issues. It’s the respon-
sibility of any home owner (holiday
or permanent) to ensure their prop-
erty is maintained in a manner that
prevents a negative impact on their
“ The amount of organic waste that
is now being diverted away from
landfill is staggering, ” Cr Rothfield
“ The latest figures across Bass
Coast Shire show an average of 80%
of general waste is now going to or-
ganics to be turned into compost.
Before we introduced the 3-bin sys-
tem, this was around the 35% mark.
“ Taking a step back to look at the
bigger picture, it’s quite an achieve -
ment for our community and we
clearly know how to separate out the
“ Backing this up is a very low con-
tamination rate, which is averaging
less than 1% which something we
should be really proud of.”
What ratepayers said
But the ratepayers beg to differ.
Here’s what some of them said on
social media last week:
• Hailey Martin: Red bins should be
taken weekly. They really get smelly
when they sit there for two weeks with
nappies and the green bin is horrible.
The amount of flies is just terrible.
• Trish Milnes: Recycle and nor-
mal rubbish bins should be collected
weekly over this period, ‘ tis the Christ-
mas holidays after all which means
more rubbish, not just extra recycle.
• Gemma Stewart: Have you consid-
ered weekly landfill collection for the
same four weeks? It’s only two extra
collections but would make a huge
difference for families and small busi-
nesses over the busy holiday season.
• Matt Anderson: So all landfill bins
in Cape Woolamai will be full from
Xmas day until picked up on the 8th
of January? Hmmmm not looking for-
ward to that.
• Lee Reedman: Bass Coast Shire
Council, you should definitely go back
to weekly landfill bins being collected,
the new system is a pain, family of
four with a one year old in nappies,
they fill a bin quick and it stinks to
high heaven, the experiment failed
please fix it!
• Michelle Metcalf: Wonthaggi is go -
ing to smell delightful over the Christ-
mas period. I’m sure it will impress
There were dozens of similar senti-
But will it be enough to bring about
KERBSIDE garbage and re-
cycling bin collection arrange-
ments in South Gippsland:
Bena, Loch, Mirboo
North, Poowong: Garbage and
recycling collected Wednesday,
Buffalo, Fish Creek,
Pound Creek, Stony Creek ,
Yanakie, Tarwin Lower, Wara-
tah Bay: Garbage and recycling
collected Monday, January 1.
Meeniyan, Nyora, Tarwin:
Garbage and green waste col-
lected Wednesday, January 3.
• Foster: Garbage and recy-
cling collected Tuesday, Janu-
• Kongwak: Garbage and
green waste collected Friday,
• Leongatha South: Gar-
bage and green waste collected
Thursday, January 4.
Port Franklin, Toora,
Welshpool, Port Welshpool:
Garbage and green waste col-
lected Tuesday, January 2.
• Sandy Point, Venus Bay,
green waste collected Monday,
• Korumburra: Parts of Ko-
rumburra will have a rubbish
collection on Friday, January 5.
• Leongatha: Parts of Le-
ongatha will have a rub-
bish collection on Thursday,
January 4. See http://www.
Bins must be placed out be-
fore 6am on your scheduled
collection day. Please note that
weekly recycling services will
run from the Monday immedi-
ately after Christmas Day until
the last Monday of January (in-
clusive) in Sandy Point, Venus
Bay and Waratah Bay.
Holiday rubbish in
SUPERMARKETS and general
stores across Bass Coast are im-
proving the local environment by
stamping out plastic bags and of-
fering to recycle soft plastics.
At Coles Wonthaggi, the store
has a ‘REDcycle’ box out the
front, where people can drop in
soft plastics such as bread bags,
biscuit wrappers, plastic bags
and old green recycling bags.
The ‘REDcycle’ box doesn’t ac-
cept plastic bottles or contain-
ers, wet plastic materials, paper
It’s a similar case at Wool-
worths Wonthaggi, where people
can drop in their plastic bags
into a recycling point at the front
of the store.
Both supermarkets are also
phasing out single-use plastic
bags by mid-2018.
San Remo IGA went plastic
bag free in August, instead offer-
ing people the chance to borrow
a Boomerang Bag or purchase a
The Corinella and Coronet Bay
general stores also stopped giv-
ing out plastic bags earlier this
Enough of the plastic
This picture posted on Facebook last week is typical of streets in Inverloch,
Cape Paterson, San Remo and other Zone Two towns where the shire failed to
pick up red-top bins last week.
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