Keeping East Gippsland Clean
East Gippsland Shire Council believes everyone has a role to play in keeping East Gippsland clean. Minimising the waste we produce saves money and the environment.
Here are some handy hints for reducing the amount of waste going to our landfill, and they may save you money as well.
Things you can do when Shopping
- Avoid over packaged products
- Buy in bulk packaging
- Buy only the things you really need
- Choose products that are durable
- Take your own reusable carry bags
- Return used supermarket bags
- Hire rather than buy
- Support stores that offer a range of environmentally conscious products
Things you can do at Home
Things you can do at School
- Do rubbish free lunches
- Use both sides of paper when writing and photocopying
- Use scrap paper for notes
- Buy recycled paper products
- Recycle as many products as possible
- Use food and garden waste for compost and mulch or set up a wormery
- Form a school action group to find the best ways to reduce waste
Things you can do at Work
- Use both sides of stationery
- Use electronic information transfer and storage
- Don’t use disposal cups
- Recycle as many items as possible
- Adopt a purchasing policy which favours waste conscious products
- Let your supplier know you are looking for environmentally responsible alternatives
The regular sweeping of streets with kerb and channel is undertaken by Council. The program is carried out on a routine basis across the municipality in most townships with concrete kerb and channelling.
Street Sweeping Program
East Gippsland Shire Council has the responsibility of managing over 400 litter bins across the municipality. Litter bins are generally located in all towns; in particular in shopping precincts. Litter bins are also located at some recreational facilities such as boat ramps and jetties.
The frequency of litter collections varies considerably and is dependent on cyclic events during the year such as school holidays, Easter and Christmas. All litter bins are collected under contract arrangement with various contractors.
Council does not provide litter facilities for areas where it is not the responsible management committee. These locations may be roadside stops on highways, camping areas in State Forests and foreshores managed by the Crown.
East Gippsland’s lakes, rivers and beaches are a beautiful part of the area. It is important to maintain our natural resources for the community, the economy and the environment. Rubbish that is dropped on roads or in gutters is washed into our rivers and lakes. Please follow these tips from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to help keep our waterways clean:
- Place your cigarette butts in the bin; don't drop them on the street. Butts dropped in our streets get washed into stormwater drains and end up in our creeks and on our beaches. They account for about half of all litter found on our beaches
- Put your litter in a bin or take it home. All litter dropped on the street follows the same path; through the stormwater system to our beaches and creeks
- Compost or mulch leaves and grass clippings. Don't leave them in the gutter. Leaves and other garden refuse washed into stormwater drains end up polluting our creeks and beaches
- Keep your paths, driveways and gutters clear by using a broom rather than a hose
- Don't allow paint, turps or cleaners to enter drains. Dispose of unwanted chemicals, solvents and oils responsibly. Never pour chemicals into the gutter or drain. Use regular chemical collections in your area to dispose of chemicals
- Wash your car on grass (if water restrictions allow) or at the carwash. Don't allow detergents to enter the gutter. If you wash your car on your driveway or the street, soapy water, mud, oil and grease can flow into drains
- If you choose to use a commercial car wash; use one that recycles the wash water
- Have building supplies delivered to your site. If left on the footpath, road or nature strip, the wind and rain will sweep pollutants into stormwater drains
- When cutting bricks and pavers, do it over grassed areas or a container that collects sediment
- Take action! If you see someone throwing litter from a car or other vehicle, don't put up with it. Make litterers pay! Report them to EPA's toll free Litter Report Line or telephone 1800 352 555.
Illegal dumping is the unlawful disposal of waste larger than litter onto land. It includes waste materials that have been dumped, tipped or otherwise deposited onto private or public land where no licence or approval exists to accept such waste. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas such as bushland.
If you see illegal dumping occurring, report them to EPA's 24 hour Toll Free Litter Report Line or telephone 1300 372 842. If you find some dumped litter, please contact Council.
Cover Your Load
Did you know you can be fined for not covering your load of waste?
- Ensure each load of waste you transport is adequately covered.
- Uncovered loads can spill onto the road and create pollution and litter.
- Dust, soil and litter that escape from uncovered vehicles can wash into stormwater drains and pollute waterways.
Don’t be responsible for an accident or harm:
- Heavy objects, such as bricks, rocks and concrete from vehicles that are uncovered can dislodge and cause an accident or damage other vehicles on the road.
- Uncovered loads of waste can generate dust that causes breathing and vision problems for other road users such as cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians.
Download the Secure Your Load brochure.