BASS Coast Shire Council is introducing a three-bin kerbside collection service in September this year.
Three new bins will be arriving at properties from mid-July.
These will be 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.
The cost of the organics service is an extra $51 per year and has been pro-rated for the 2017/18 garbage charge to allow for the two months the service is not in place.
Education packs will be distributed to help residents 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, said 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 per cent 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.
More information is available at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Organics or by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.
Extra bin, extra cost, but good for the planet