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Nappy dump disgrace

Graffiti stinks: the Bass Coast Shire has been kept busy over the summer removing graffiti from the foreshore public toilet block in Cowes. Just recently vandals have left their calling card on the Cowes foreshore toilets.

DIRTY nappies in record numbers were dumped on the Phillip Island foreshore during the school holidays, a source reports.
The Star was told by an anonymous source that dirty nappies were a fixture on the foreshoreduring the Christmas / New Year period and becoming a disgusting find for beachgoers.
Bass Coast Shire Council told The Star it had not received any reports of nappies dumped on any of the local foreshores, and had not come across the activity.
“Council would encourage people to report any incidences of dumped rubbish so it can be investigated,” council’s manager sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma.
There were also reports of graffiti on the Cowes foreshore public toilet blocks.
Council said this graffiti was dealt with recently and details were passed to police.
Overflowing public bins continue to be a problem in the shire.
Council reported it had received some complaints from customers about the bins and gave assurance that public bins are serviced daily over the summer period.
Ms Griepsma said additional public litter bin clean ups took place over the Christmas and New Year in the Cowes central business district to assist with high visitation numbers.
“Council undertakes scheduled weekly foreshore litter clean ups at Cowes, Inverloch and San Remo all year. This is increased to three times a week over the summer Christmas period and after public events. Council also responds to reports of waste on other beach areas,” she said.
Contrary to reports to The Star Ms Griepsma said waste contractors had continued to operate to a high standard over the holiday period, managing the significant increase in workload due to the increased visitor numbers.
Waste contractors perform a number of duties including kerbside waste services and processing, public litter bin collection, residential hard waste collections and management of transfer stations.
Council’s waste services contracts have a combined value of approximately $6.6 million per year for a 10 year period.
This began in September 2017.
Ms Griepsma said council also supports community action groups who keep local beaches clean.
“Visitors to our foreshore can assist to keep our beaches clean by taking their rubbish with them or placing it in the public litter bins provided,” she said.
Ms Griepsma said council had not noted any increase in illegal dumping over the holidays.
Reported illegal dumping on council managed land is investigated and cleaned up by council.
A person found guilty of littering or dumping rubbish can face significant fines.
They may also be charged for the cost to clean up their dumped rubbish.
Serious cases of illegal dumping may also be prosecuted by the Environment Protection Authority and face more severe fines.

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