Council's Resource Recovery Centre Surges with the Holiday Season
Friday, 15 January, 2021 - 13:45
The influx of visitors over the summer holidays has seen a 50% increase in volumes of waste disposed at the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC).
Council’s Coordinator of Waste Management Rebecca Kirley estimates that during the extended opening hours of the RRC over the Christmas New Year holiday period, approximately 60% of customers were holiday home owners, and 25% campers.
Four years ago, a decision was made to remove peak waste skip bins due to ongoing management and waste disposal costs. Council has since introduced a ‘Carry In, Carry Out’ approach to visitor waste management, which aligns with the statewide DELWP and Parks Victoria policies.
“Visitors camping in the Shire have been doing their bit and following our Carry-in Carry-out policy, and disposing of their waste at the centre which is great to see,” Ms Kirley said.
“We had several days over the peak period where the line-up to enter meant there was a wait of up to 45 minutes. However, visitors were just grateful the facility was open during this time, and weren’t deterred by the wait times.
“To meet customer demand, Council made the decision to extend the Centre’s opening hours to open 7 days a week from Boxing Day to mid-January, which proved to be successful. It has also meant less illegal dumping at the entrance, which has been an issue in previous years.”
Another initiative Council introduced to try to overcome the issue of excess waste and illegal dumping, is to waive waste disposal fees at the RRC for campers.
“Incentivising campers to use the facility is one approach we’re taking to try to reduce the amount of excess rubbish in the Shire. We ask that people to separate general waste and recycling and deposit it in the bins provided.”
There have been recent reports of illegal dumping of waste in public areas and on private property within the Shire. These occurrences are assessed and dealt with on a case by case basis and Council encourages residents experiencing issues with illegal dumping in household bins to ensure bins are taken back in to their property as soon as they have been emptied.
Business are also encouraged to place commercial bins in locations that are out of public view to mitigate any issues with illegal dumping.