HOUSTON we may have a problem.

As spectacularly successful as the Bass Coast Shire Council’s new three-bin system has been in dramatically cutting back on waste to landfill, there has been a problem immediately after Christmas.

While triple collection of green, recycling and landfill bins commenced in Zone 1 areas on Boxing Day (Tuesday) and December 27 (Wednesday) under the changed holiday collection arrangements, for example at Newhaven, Smiths Beach and Rhyll on Tuesday and at Bass, Grantville, Pioneer Bay and Jam Jerrup today, Wednesday, December 27; some areas have been left with their Christmas refuse for another week.

And oh dear, where there’s been prawns and seafood accidentally put in the landfill bin instead of the organics bin in places like Cape Paterson, San Remo and Dalyston yesterday or Inverloch today… the stench is likely to grow in today’s heat.

So be warned Wonthaggites! If you have smelly organic waste like prawns and other seafood – put it into your organics bin before Friday’s collection of recycle and organics bins, not the landfill bin, which won’t be collected until next week (Wonthaggi).

Cowes will get the full service – three bins collected on Thursday.

Changes to Christmas bin collections

Those living in the towns below have been asked to put their bins out as follows:
Cape Woolamai, Ventnor and Wimbledon Heights
• Monday, January 1: Recycling and Organics
Corinella, Coronet Bay and Tenby Point
• Monday, January 1: Landfill, Organics and Recycling
All Recycling bins will be collected weekly between December 26, 2017 and January 26, 2018 across the shire.

A spokesperson for the Bass Coast Shire Council said there had so far been no complaints about the Christmas rubbish collections but those seeking information are welcome to call the shire on 5671 2211.