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Delivery of new bins
As part of Council’s new three-bin system which begins on 4 September, each household that
receives a kerbside service will be provided with new bins. New bin deliveries continue this week
with contractors delivering in Inverloch and Cape Paterson. It will take a number of weeks to
deliver bins across the entire Shire. For more information visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/organics
or contact Council on the numbers below.
Quotation No Q1707 – Renewal of “The Ripple” Boat, Inverloch
Council invites quotations from suitably experienced contractors for renewal works of “The
Ripple” boat located on the Inverloch foreshore, The Esplanade, Inverloch.
Quotation documents can be downloaded free of charge from basscoast.vic.gov.au/tenders.
Hardcopy documents are available by contacting Procurement and Fleet on (03) 5671 2120 or
email@example.com. Quotations open 9.00am on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 and close at
2.00pm on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.
Tender No 17025 – Panel of Asset Management Specialists
Council is seeking submissions from suitably qualified parties for the provision of Asset
Management Services with the intention of establishing a contractor panel to provide labour,
advice and documentation under Council supervision.
Tender documents can be downloaded free of charge from
basscoast.vic.gov.au/tenders. Hardcopy documents are available by contacting Procurement on
(03) 5671 2241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of interest open 9.00am on
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 and close at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.
Council is currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Technical Administration Officer - applications close on Sunday, 20 August
• Cemetery Management Officer - applications close on Sunday, 27 August
For more information visit Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/careers.
New system wasteful and inadequate
ISLAND resident Jerrard Scoggie is concerned
at the lack of consultation that has occurred with
the introduction of the new three bin system in the
Bass Coast Shire, and the ramifications of this.
He is particularly angry at the fact that perfectly
good bins in current use are being replaced un-
“I strongly believe that there is nothing wrong
with most of the bins in use. They are durable, in
good condition and doing the job they are there for.
“Bins should be replaced only as required. I
strongly object to the cost and waste occurring
Mr Scroggie said he attended meetings in 2016
set up by the council calling for residents’ views
on whether a rate cap should be implemented and
requesting ratepayers’ thoughts on containing ex-
penditure and how savings could be made.
“I was incensed that they initially intended to ap-
ply for an exception to the rate cap introduced by
the state government.”
Mr Scroggie said the current system whereby all
bins are to be replaced, irrespective of the condi-
tion they are in, was a classic example of waste by
council, and he objects to it.
“What is going to happen to the pretty much per-
fectly good bins we are being asked to throw out?”
“I reject the council claim that the current bins
are past their use by date.
“This is not the case. “I want clarity as to where
the old bins are to go. “Will they be recycled as
plastic? “Or are they going to be sold into the mar-
ket place? “How many bins are involved?”
Mr Scroggie is also concerned that the new sys-
tem will be inadequate, particularly for families
He said he has four grandchildren in nappies,
who will be holidaying with him over January.
“A fortnightly collection for general waste includ-
ing nappies will be completely inadequate for us. I
call on others in a similar situation to speak out as
well.” Mr Scroggie said that the community should
have been heard on this issue.
“We have not been listened to or involved in this
decision,” he stated.
He gave as an example a neighbouring property
which can accommodate 12, and to which two
families with babies come over summer to enjoy
a beach holiday.
“A fortnightly 120 litre bin collection will be com-
pletely inadequate for their needs as well.”
Mr Scroggie said the one size fits all approach
does not work.
Residents in units in some cases have no need
for three bins, as they do not create green waste,
and have no space for three bins to be stored.
Yet they must pay, irrespective.
A council spokesperson, speaking last week,
said that all Bass Coast branded bins are being
replaced as the majority of bins across the shire
are at the end of their lifecycle.
“Many people do not keep bins under cover and
therefore have deteriorated beyond their lifespan,”
the spokesperson stated. “We are also replacing all
of the bins as the new bins are rebranded and are
barcoded to each individual property which will
help with stolen bins, bins being moved around
the shire, and contamination monitoring.
“The replacement will bring all properties into
the Australian Standard bin lid colouring system,”
the spokesperson commented.
The council services around 24,000 tenements
with a kerbside collection, and the old bins will be
collected from these properties.
Some of these bins, however, may be privately
owned and can be kept by the owners, the spokes-
Lifting the lid on the waste industry
ANYONE who watched ABC TV’s Four Cor-
ners programs last week couldn’t have failed to
be angered by their investigation into the big
business of rubbish and where it ends up.
The program, which focused on NSW and
Queensland, revealed how the lucrative trade in
our rubbish has attracted unscrupulous opera-
tors who are gaming the system and making a
fortune in the process.
So in light of the subsequent scrutiny of the
industry, the Advertiser asked the Bass Coast
Shire Council’s Sustainable Environment Man-
ager Deirdre Griepsma where our recycling and
organic waste is sent, (sadly, without the inves-
tigative resources of the ABC).
“All of our recycling (yellow lid bin) is col-
lected by Wonthaggi Recyclers and is processed
by Visy at their Springvale Materials Recovery
“This facility sorts all of the paper, cardboard,
plastics, metals and glass for end processors
that turn the products into new products.”
For details go to: www.visy.com.au/recycling/
On September 4 the shire will introduce an
organics weekly collection service, with house-
holders receiving a green-lid bin.
“All of our organic material that will be col-
lected from the new organics bin will be sent to
the Soil and Organic Recycling Facility located
at Dutson Downs, near Sale.
“This facility is a commercial composting fa-
cility that processes organic waste and turns it
into a product that is used in the agricultural
sector as a soil improver, so our old food goes
towards growing our new food.”
For details: www.gippswater.com.au/residen-
All landfill waste (red lid bin) is collected by
Wonthaggi Recyclers and is deposited in the
The new Organics bin
By Christine Grayden
HERE’S three cheers for our new three
With landfill, recycling, organics everyone
To stem the confusion our fine mayor Pam
Is filmed for Facebook and she’s no ham.
She shows us just how to open caddy bags
She does it with flair and does not nag.
With Oliver Organics bin Pam shows us
To put in our green lid bin, and what to not.
If to catch on you are a bit slow, try
“If it didn’t grow it doesn’t go”.
In go the scraps, the bones and the grounds,
Tissues, kitty litter and twigs 100 round.
Out go the plastics, foil, cloths and tools,
Butts, nappies and sponges – don’t be fools.
To Dutson Downs your scraps will go
To make organic compost to help food grow
And save us lots of money at our landfill
This can work if we all do it right.
So please take note of the lessons you’ve
Do the right thing and be a “Good Sort”.
Christine Grayden, 13.8.17.
Island resident Jerrard Scroggie has this
week described the replacement of all rub-
bish bins across the shire as a wasteful and
Calls for weekly bin collection over summer
Nappies a huge problem
A SILVERLEAVES couple is seeking a variance
to the waste collection timetable, in respect to the
fortnightly only red landfill bins, over January.
Geoffrey and Carolyn Mellor are concerned over
health risks to the community as a result of nap-
pies being held, potentially, for up to two weeks in
the red bin before collection.
They want to see a weekly collection provided
With the island population expanding at least
five fold over the summer holiday period, appeals
by them and others to the Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil for the provision of a weekly, as opposed to a bi
weekly service, in January, to address this influx
and resultant explosion of nappies into the red bin
system, have fallen on deaf ears.
Two additional recycling pick ups are provided
in January for the (normally fortnightly) 240 litre
recycle bin to meet the recognised increase in de-
mand over this period.
And the same need applies in relation to the red
bin general waste collection, the couple say.
Their view is that this is a time for the council
to be proactive and reactive to the strong concern
that is being widely expressed across the shire on
this issue, by a community that in general under-
stands and welcomes sensible measures to reduce
The Mellors, who fully support the new three bin
waste system, would like council to listen to what
they and so many others have to say.
But their efforts have been given short shrift, to
date, and their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
Geoff wrote to the shire on July 23, expressing
support for the new three bin system, but outlin-
ing his strong concerns in relation to the problems
presented by nappies left in bins in summer for a
two week period before collection, and requesting
a weekly collection over the holiday period.
He pointed out that the island is a holiday haven
for families with babies and small children, and
many residents have family and friends staying
with them over this period. The surge in volume
and increased demand for waste disposal there-
fore warrants a weekly red bin collection.
Geoff suggested that two weeks is a long time in
the heat of summer, and that the odour, flies and
resultant health risks posed were unacceptable.
The response from council did not impress him,
and did not cover the issues raised.
Council did not acknowledge the increase in
population; stating instead that studies by other
councils demonstrate that there are no health/
odour concerns provided residents undertake cor-
These were: emptying solid contents out of a
nappy; placing red landfill bins in the shade; dou-
ble bagging nappies; and the use of odour removal
crystals or bin fresheners.
For Council to suggest the use of odour removal
crystals, is tantamount to their acknowledgement
that there is an issue, said Geoff.
“That comment really got up my nose (pardon
the pun)” he commented.Geoff.
“We’re being told to use odour removal products.
“Who puts crystals in their rubbish bins.
“In any case, that’s introducing another anti envi-
ronment product into landfill.
“I thought we were looking for an environmen-
tally friendly waste system.”
Affect on tourism
He points out that Phillip Island is a popular
tourist destination, with different needs to other
parts of the shire; namely a five fold increase in the
population, and the one size fits all policy of the
current system will not work.
The short term holiday rental accommodation
industry is a vital part of the island’s economy, and
needs servicing, he says.
“What happens at changeover midway through
the pick up cycle. Do the incoming family of rent-
ers inherit someone else’s bin full of smelly nap-
pies until the next collection.
“And how do we educate holiday makers on this
“A weekly collection in summer is vital, because
of the sheer weight of the volume of waste that will
be generated, and because a large component of
this will be nappies.
“This is not an unreasonable request, in the face
of the health and other issues this situation pres-
ents. It amounts to just two additional collections a
year.” Geoff did not find the council’s other sugges-
tions to reduce odour any more helpful.
Placing bins in the shade is not a practical op-
tion for many households.
Are residents meant to drive home from work
three times a day and relocate their bins as the sun
Geoff has followed up his concerns with the
Health Department, asking to be shown the guide-
lines in relation to nappies going into bins.
The Health Department referred him to the EPA.
The EPA suggested he go to the Ombudsman.
The end result: he has been unable to access any
guidelines. “Am I being unreasonable? Or are the
rest of them putting their heads in the sand,” is the
question he asks this week.
“I don’t see this as a war and peace issue.
“I just want a bit of common sense applied.”
Geoff appeals to others in the community who
share his concerns to make their views known
to ward councillors, and to urge them to take ac-
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