FOR the third time in a row, Bass Coast Shire residents are the best recyclers in the state, according to a recent Sustainability Victoria report.

The latest Local Government Waste Services Report showed Victoria produced a record breaking 2.37 million tonnes of waste in 2019-20 – an 8.1 per cent increase on the previous year.

While Victorians generated more household waste than ever before, 45 per cent of that waste was diverted from landfill through recycling and organics collections.

In Bass Coast, 75.8 per cent of kerbside waste was diverted from landfill, which was the best result of any Victorian council area.

This was followed by Wodonga and Strathbogie Shires, while South Gippsland was number 25, with a diversion rate of 50.5 per cent.

According to the report, the 79 Victorian local governments spent $556 million on the provision of kerbside collection services for garbage (2.71 million properties), recyclables (2.65 million properties) and organics (1.63 million properties) and collected 2.37 megatons with these services.

The cost to councils of providing a kerbside service increased by 14 per cent compared with 2018–19.

The largest increase is attributed to garbage, where the cost of the service rose by 10.4 per cent or $29.3 million across the state.

According to Bass Coast Shire’s Long Term Financial Plan 2021-25, there has been a significant impact to disposal of domestic waste and recyclable material due to the loss off the major offshore market for recyclables in China, the loss of SKM Recycling and ongoing increases in compliance costs and government taxes.

The introduction of a mandatory fourth bin is expected to cost council an additional $725,000 per annum from 2025-26 (based on an estimated cost of $25 per household assuming 29,000 properties).

While the cost of the various waste contracts is expected to increase significantly when these are re-tendered in 2027.

It is also expected that additional infrastructure investment will be required over the long term life of the landfill, as regulatory settings and environmental compliance standards continue to tighten.