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THE Phillip Island Conservation Society
has weighed into the region’s summer bin
woes, offering household tips to reduce
“Now that the summer holidays are upon
us, many home owners and occupiers are
having trouble dealing with the rubbish
they are generating and the fortnightly col-
lection of the red lidded bins, so here are a
few ideas to help,” states the society’s Face-
1. Separate out your soft plastics, bag
them in a plastic bag and take them to
Coles, which recycles them through a pri-
vate company that makes plastic furniture
out of them.
2. If disposable nappies are the big issue,
do not put them in your bin but instead put
them in a large plastic bag alongside your
bins and when full take it to the Cowes re-
cycling bank in Dunsmore Rd. It will cost
$3 per large bag. The station is open Fri-
Tues 10.30am to 3.30pm, Wed-Thur 1pm to
“If everyone with a nappy problem did
this, Bass Coast Shire would soon get a very
good idea of how big a problem this is.”
3. Make sure you put the right item in the
correct bin. Make full use of the recycling
bin for all of your recyclables, because this
bin is being emptied weekly through Janu-
“ Please don’t contaminate the recycling
bin with your rubbish or your green waste.”
4. If you are renting out your home you
may consider using a commercial waste
disposal company and charging extra for
your house rental to cover this service.
5. Make full use of your green bin. Re-
member lots of things can go in there. “ If
it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go” , which means
anything made from plants can go into your
green lidded bin, which is emptied weekly.
Even pizza boxes! More caddy bags are
available from the Cowes council service
6. Remember - don’t overfill your bins so
that the lids are up as this is tricky for the
truck operator to empty and you risk not
getting it emptied at all.
Feeling a little green
However, the post received comments
from some who had followed all the rules
but were still experiencing problems.
Fiona Bunting wrote she had used her
bins correctly but it was still full.
“ Smiths Beach has overflowing red bins
along every street,” Fiona said.
“ It is not the fault of tourists, just Bass
Coast. The idea is fantastic but common
sense surely says weekly collection in the
Amanda Heinze said while locals knew
how to use their bins, there was still bags
of dumped rubbish on roadsides.
“Holiday makers don’t understand about
the three-bin system, and when they arrive
to a holiday house with already full bins
they couldn’t follow it even if they wanted
to,” Amanda said.
“We need a weekly pickup during peak
holiday times. Council need to do some-
thing about it.
“I contacted Bass Coast and spoke to the
waste management department, have also
emailed our local member to complain.
This really isn’t good enough.”
Erran Paxton said it was in peak holiday
periods the bins were a failure
Sue Kane said tourists believe the red bin
was the equivalent of the weekly rubbish
bin in Melbourne.
“They go home, the next guests arrive
leaving a full bin. To prevent the ibis mak-
ing a mess, we have had to go out being gar-
bage warriors,” Sue wrote.
Anne-Marie Rogers said smelly rubbish
attracted flies and pests and collected only
fortnightly was a health risk.
“ I am a big recycler but this system isn’t
working,” she said.
Kerry Tait said she supported the 120 li-
tre red bin collection once a fortnight.
“ It’s time we made less landfill.
“ Yes, it will be hard at first. But real estate
agents and landlords can step up and take
some responsibility for holiday tenant be-
haviour and holiday tenant education.”
Karen Clements said they were a “recy-
cling minded family” but as they were not
permanent residents, the family was not al-
ways present on the correct week for red
“Our red bin went six weeks before Christ-
mas before it was emptied, as we kept miss-
ing the right week,” Karen said.
“No, we do not want to leave our bin out
for weeks advertising that we have a vacant
“Yes, I applaud this council for being pro -
active, but I do think fortnightly red bin col-
lection is just plain stupidity. And no, tak-
ing rubbish to the tip is not the answer.”
She said the shire website detailed that
green bin organic bags were available at vis-
itor information centre “which is incorrect” .
“I t would also be nice to have this info
somewhere obvious on your page, not bur-
ied in a PDF.”
Not easy being green: The Phillip Island
Conservation Society offered six tips on how
to increase recycling to battle through the
red landfill bin squeeze over summer
Tips on how to shrink
your red bin waste
Letter of the week
Over the last few months I have tried to
raise the awareness of the extreme folly of
having fortnightly collections of our new
red bins (general waste) during the peak
I have contacted the Bass Coast Shire
Council, the State Government ministers
of Health and Local Government, and no
one was prepared to even consider my
proposal for weekly collections during the
peak time as currently happens with the
This would mean only an additional
three pick-ups per year!
The Health Department and Local Gov-
ernment department both agreed in writ-
ing that there would potentially be a health
issue; but insisted that it was totally the
responsibility of Bass Coast Council.
My contact with our local State Member
of Parliament also confirmed this.
The current situation in Silverleaves on
Thursday, Jan 4 was as follows:
Approximately half of all red bins were
in the street for pick up even though it
would not happen until the following
Many were overflowing and a 40 degree
day was forecast for the Saturday.
Some had lids back with flies around
Neighbours have told me that other peo -
ple are putting rubbish in their bins and
are expecting notices and fines for incor-
rect sorting of rubbish.
One resident told me that on the last col-
lection, the collector dumped the rubbish
on their nature strip as someone else had
dumped rubbish in their bin after it was
put out and had put the wrong rubbish in!
I am not writing this as an “I told you
Many residents support the new system
as I do, but want a system that works for
the benefit of the community.
Apart from the health risks, tourism is
the backbone of this community and how
could the risk of filthy and smelly bins ly-
ing around be considered good policy for
the tourism industry?
The council promotes tourism as the fu-
ture for the area. I think we have taken a
backward step here.
If I was renting a house here and couldn’t
even dispose of my waste I would think
twice before returning.
I am not sure what the council intends to
do to fix the issue.
By the time something is done the peak
season will be over.
My biggest concern is that if nothing was
done by Bass Coast Council on a simple
common sense issue like the bins, what
issues are going to arise with major in-
frastructure facing the shire like the Jetty
Triangle, Car Ferry, Transit Hub, Park-
ing... the list goes on!
I would encourage the council to listen to
the views of its ratepayers.
We do not raise issues for any other rea-
son than to enhance our community, im-
prove standards and maintain our beauti-
Ken Hailey, Silverleaves.
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