WASTE being sent to landfill in the Bass Coast Shire has plummeted from 65 per cent to 22 per cent since the three-bin system was introduced.
Two weeks before the three-bin system was brought in, 65 per cent of waste was going to landfill and 35 per cent was being recycled.
On average, it’s now 22 per cent to landfill, 26 per cent recycling and 52 per cent into the organics bin.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield has advocated strongly for the three-bin system and said it’s great to see the community is working so well with the change, helping to achieve the council’s goal of reducing landfill.
“This is a great example of how a small lifestyle change can make a significant impact on our environment,” she said.
“I am immensely proud that Bass Coast is one of the first councils in regional Victoria to introduce this system, and that our community has embraced this change to be leaders in the War on Waste”.
The council’s sustainable environment manager Deirdre Griepsma said it’s a positive decrease and the contamination rate has consistently been under one per cent.
“We understand the community are still adapting and learning about the new system and we will continue to educate, answer questions and support the community,” she said.
“We are also working with businesses who receive council’s kerbside collection to understand their individual needs to match their business profile.”
Council can find out which household is contaminating waste as the new bins have individual barcodes.
Residents who contaminate their waste receive a sticker on their bin and a letter with information on contamination.
“This is an education process to help residents understand how to use the system to manage their waste better.
“If properties have consistently contaminated bins, we will contact the resident to discuss where they can improve and help them to adapt to and work with the new system.
“If the contamination continues beyond this, the resident may receive warnings and a fine.”