Skipping into Easter: Camper’s waste skips

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In partnership with Parks Victoria, Campaspe Shire Council’s camper’s waste initiative will return for the Easter break.

Across the Christmas holiday period, eight ‘camper’s waste only’ skip bins were placed at Echuca East Boat Ramp, Torrumbarry Roadhouse, Gunbower Recreation Reserve, Victoria Park and O’Dwyer Road in Wharparilla.

Acting General Manager Community, Kate Lemon said the camper’s waste skips will return to these same locations.

“The recent distribution of skip bins was successful in keeping a whopping 60 tonnes of waste out of our waterways, roadsides, and bushland.

“If this massive volume of waste is compared to our 140 litre wheelie bins, the waste collected during this period equates to filling 6,300 wheelie bins!

“The skips were emptied 27 times in total, with an approximate cost of $28,500 to the community.

From the start of the Easter week to the end of April, the skip bins will be provided for all campers taking a break over Easter.

Ms Lemon emphasised that the skips are not to be used for residential waste.

“By providing campers with a place to dispose of their rubbish, we are significantly reducing the chance of rubbish being dumped on our doorstep.

“Not only does dumping have extensive impacts on our environment and our wildlife, but the cost to remove dumped waste is unsustainable.

“With 60 tonnes of camper’s waste collected over Christmas, we can expect similar numbers this time around.

“We encourage all campers to do the right thing and utilise the skip bins for their proper purpose. Waste must always be placed inside the skip bin, not next to or around.

“Just as you wouldn’t put glass bottles near kids running around in their bare feet, and you wouldn’t leave plastic bags floating down the river, it’s the same principle with the skip bins. Rubbish placed next to the bin, not inside it, ends up scattered and becomes hazardous.”

Locals and visitors can also access Council’s Resource Recovery Centres to dispose of various waste, which should be used when skip bins are full. Resource Recovery Centre locations and opening hours can be found on Council’s website.

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