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Waste and recycling in Bass Coast: Summer services FAQs

Here are some of the most common waste and recycling enquiries we receive over summer. If the answer to your question is not here, please call Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 03 5671 2211 or lodge an online request and we'll get back to you.

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Bins

When are my bins collected? Will there be additional collections over summer?
  • Organics (green lid) are collected weekly
  • Recycling (yellow lid) are collected weekly from Monday 26 December 2022 until Friday 27 January 2023 inclusive
  • Landfill (red lid) are collected fortnightly

View the kerbside bin collection calendar to see what day bins are collected in your area.

Check Council's website or pick up a hard copy of your calendar from any of Council's Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres. If you'd like a copy posted to you, please call Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 03 5671 2211 or lodge an online request.

  • Excess domestic household recyclables (cardboard and paper, glass, aluminum and steel cans, some hard plastics) can be disposed of for FREE at Council’s waste facilities.
  • Excess landfill waste can also be disposed of at Council's waste facilities for a small fee ($7.00 for a 120L bin, $14.00 for a 240L bin)
When do I put my bins out?

The longer your bins are left out on the kerb, the higher the chance that the bin contents could be spilled by animals, weather or other causes.

To help protect our beautiful natural environment, Bass Coast Shire Council's Local Laws state that waste bins awaiting collection must not be placed out more than 24 hours prior to collection day.

Please don’t put your bins out too early - and if strong winds or storms are forecast, please put your bin out as close to your usual collection time as possible.

Find out more about your responsibilities when putting your bin out >>

To find out which bin to put out on which day, check the kerbside bin collection calendar for your zone.

Why can't I put my bins out more than 24 hours before collection day?

Council's Local Laws state that waste bins awaiting collection must not be placed out more than 24 hours prior to collection day.

Please avoid putting your bin out too early - and if strong winds or storms are forecast. Put your bin out as close to your usual collection time as possible.

More information on your responsibilities when putting your bins out >>.

To find out which bin to put out on which day, check the kerbside bin collection calendar for your zone.

My landfill (red) bin is overflowing. What can I do?

Bass Coast’s kerbside collection system is designed to suit the majority of properties. Businesses, short term accommodation providers and households of 10 people or more will usually generate waste on a commercial scale that needs to be disposed of outside of Council's kerbside collection program.

If your landfill bin is not meeting your needs, here's what you can do:

Remember that domestic household recyclables such as paper and cardboard, cans, cartons and glass or plastic bottles can be recycled at Council's waste facilities for FREE.
How often are public place (street) bins collected? I've seen one that is completely full!

Council's public place bins are emptied at least four times a week during the summer period, and at least daily in identified high-traffic areas.

Please report any full or overflowing public bins via Council’s website or contact Council’s Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 03 5671 2211.

If you see a full or overflowing public place bin, please let Council know and find another bin to use or take your waste home with you.

I own a holiday house. How can I help visitors use the correct bins?

It's your responsibility as a property owner to ensure that your guests and visitors understand how to correctly use Bass Coast's three bin system.

Make sure your waste management practices and expectations have been clearly explained to visitors before their arrival. Also ensure that there is clear signage and waste instructions in the home.

Find out more about waste information for accommodation providers >>.

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Organics

Where can I get more compostable kitchen caddy liners?

Council provides free compostable liners for Council-issued kitchen caddies. These bright green compostable liners are the only soft 'plastic' accepted in Council's kerbside organics bins.

You can pick up a free replacement roll of the green compostable caddy liners from any of Council’s Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres, Wonthaggi Transfer Station, Grantville Transfer Station and Inverloch Transfer Station.

Find out where to obtain kitchen caddy liners >>

What can go in my organics bin?

Check out what is accepted in your organics bin here >>

Remember that it's not just Food and Garden watse - tissues, serviettes and paper towel can go in too!

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Recycling

Which bin do takeaway coffee cups go in?

Single use coffee cups and lids must be disposed of in your landfill bin.

But my coffee cup says it's compostable?!

  • Our organics processor does not accept any coffee cups, no matter what they are made of.
  • Even 'compostable' plant-based cups have a lining on the inside of the cup which cannot be composted in the setting that our organics waste is composted in. Furthermore, compostable coffee cups and lids cannot be distinguished from non-compostable coffee cups and lids.
  • With no way to distinguish compostable coffee cups and lids from any other sort of coffee cup and lid, the processing facility will not accept them.
But my coffee cup lid is made of hard plastic, and it has a recycling symbol on it?
  • Single use coffee cup lids are not accepted in the kerbside recycling bin.
  • Only rigid plastic bottles and containers are accepted. The lid's weight and shape mean it will generally end of in the paper and cardboard stream.
  • Although coffee cup lids are not accepted in the kerbside bin, there may be other recycling solutions available such as SimplyCups - ask your favourite cafe how you can recycle the single use coffee cups and lids they provide.

Compostable cups are better in landfill than traditional plastic-lined cups and plastic lids, as they will take less time to break down. But the best option is always to avoid waste in the first place - make sure to sit down and enjoy your coffee in a proper cup or mug in your favourite café wherever possible.

If you have to take your coffee away, a reusable ‘keep cup’ is always the best option. Recycling and recovering resources is of course important but avoiding waste in the first place is always the preference.

What can go in my recycling bin? What about plastic bags and soft plastics?

No plastic bags: keep it loose! If your kerbside bin contains recycling put into a plastic bag, your recyclables will not be recycled.

Domestic recycling bins can contain: paper, cardboard, aluminium, steel cans, glass bottles and jars, plus rigid plastic bottles or containers from your bathroom, kitchen or laundry.

Can not contain: definitely no plastic bags or soft plastics! No loose bottle tops, no liquids, no disposable plastic plates or cutlery, no polystyrene and no toys.

Check out what is accepted in your recycling bin here >>

How do I dispose of batteries? I heard that batteries can start fires in bins?

Used batteries do NOT belong in your bins. Batteries can cause fires: keep batteries out of your bins!

Batteries can be recycled and should be recycled, but NEVER through your bins. Take your used household batteries to your nearest battery recycling point to be recycled for FREE.

You can recycle household batteries through battery recycling banks at all of Council's Customer Service and Visitor Information centres. Many supermarkets and hardware stores also offer free recycling of household batteries.

Other batteries - including car batteries, computer batteries, mobile phone batteries, power tool batteries and more - can be recycled for free at any of Council’s waste facilities.

Which bin do I put cardboard in? I heard that it shouldn't go in my organics bin?

When disposing of cardboard in Bass Coast, always put it in your yellow-lidded Recycling bin.

Cardboard disposed of in your kerbside Recycling bin is turned into new cardboard products. If you have more cardboard waste than your recycling bin can handle, it’s free to recycle cardboard at any of Council’s waste facilities.

Your organics bin can accept a small amount of nude cardboard (e.g. pizza boxes), but there must be absolutely no sticky tape, staples or glossy cardboard in your organics bin. It’s always best to put all cardboard into your recycling bin.

How do I dispose of e-waste? I heard that e-waste can NEVER go into kerbside bins?

From 1 July 2019, the State Government banned e-waste from all Victorian landfills. E-waste can not be disposed of in any of your kerbside bins. It must be recycled through waste facilities.

Find out more about recycling e-waste in Bass Coast >>

Council’s 2022/23 budget set the fee for disposal of e-waste items at Council’s waste facilities at $5.50 per item. Customers are advised that this fee incorporates a ‘milk crate amount’ for small e-waste items – any number of minor e-waste items up to the volume of a ‘milk crate’ will incur just one $5.50 charge.

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Waste facilities

Lots of items can be recycled at your nearest waste facility - batteries, cardboard, whitegoods, and scrap metal are all free to recycle! Other items may incur a cost to recycle or may need to be disposed of in landfill. Find out what your nearest waste facility can accept here - please note that not all facilites can accept all items: please click on the specific facility above to view pricing information and opening hours.

Why can’t I break down my old mattress and put the frame/springs in the scrap metal recycling pile?

Mattress frames and/or springs are not accepted by our scrap metal recyclers. The coils are difficult to manage and can damage the scrap metal processing equipment.

Mattresses CAN be recycled, and should be recycled - but it’s a very specialised process, which is why mattresses are specifically listed as a standalone item on our waste facilities’ price boards.

Mattresses (and mattress bases) can be recycled at Council’s waste facilities in Cowes, Grantville, Inverloch and Wonthaggi for $32.50 each - regardless of size (2022/23 financial year).