The sight of overflowing rubbish bins at campsites is an all too familiar one to grey nomads … particularly in busy holiday periods.
One Victorian shire is once again addressing the issue by temporarily installing additional waste skip bins at a couple of popular areas.
With warmer weather and the Melbourne Cup weekend approaching, Campaspe Shire is expecting an influx of campers seeking to relax on the rivers and explore the region.
Director Sustainability Michael Sharp said the council would be installing additional waste skip bins at Echuca East Boat Ramp, Victoria Park, Torrumbarry Roadhouse and Gunbower Recreation Reserve from November 3-8 to cope with campers’ waste.
“Each year we prepare for busy times by placing skip bins in high activity areas for, traditionally, the campers in our area,” he said. “While we can’t wait to welcome all visitors to our area, the rubbish that can be left behind is unwelcome by both council and locals.”
Mr Sharp reiterated that the skips were only to be used for camper’s waste, not for residential waste.
“The skips will be closely monitored for any misuse,” he said. “Our contractors will be regularly emptying these bins, however, if the skip bin is full, we ask you – please do not place rubbish on the ground next to the bin.”
Mr Sharp said campers could take their rubbish to a Resource Recovery Centre where camping waste would be accepted free of charge.
Mr Sharp said that there was an added incentive this year to take camping waste offsite with the upcoming introduction of Victoria’s container deposit scheme.
“From November 1, campers will be rewarded with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton and bottle they return,” he said.
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