THE Bass Coast Shire Council is delivering three new bins and a $47 bill to each household, beginning with Phillip Island.
It’s part of council’s new three-bin system and it means some residents will have five bins for up two months until the new service begins in September.
Each household will receive a 240 litre organics bin, as well as their ordinary waste and recycling bins.
According to the council, up to 61 per cent of household waste could be tossed into a food and garden organics bin.
The new three-bin system hasn’t been without its concerns from residents, including issues around not needing an organics bin because they already have a compost bin.
Those same residents are frustrated they’re being forced to pay for a service they don’t believe they’re going to use.
But the bins are compulsory, and so is the additional $47 charge, increasing the annual garbage charge from $327 to $374.
The council has been listening and attempting to resolve questions by having Olive the Organics Bin go around to local businesses and markets, spruiking the new concept.
But so confused residents are by the new system that the council’s communications set up a Facebook Q and A in an attempt to clear the air.
More than 40 questions were asked of Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari, Cr Bruce Kent and Cr Geoff Ellis about the bins.
One resident said: “I think it’s a great idea however, with seven children, I really need my general waste bin emptied weekly!”
Council will supply 150 bin liners, made out of corn starch, for the organics bin initially and more liners can be picked up from customer service centres and transfer stations.
The waste and recycling bins will be collected fortnightly and the organics bin weekly. The old bins will be collected by council officers after the new system is introduced.