Halls Gap's excess rubbish issues have returned with residents and business owners up in arms over what to do about the situation.
The township of Halls Gap is situated within one of Victoria's most visited National Parks.
Tourism is growing within the region, with nature tourism becoming a popular activity.
Halls Gap resident Megan Calabro said there is no direct location for campers to drop off their waste.
"There are no recycling bins in the Halls Gap streetscape and no recycling for local businesses," she said.
"There are so many holiday houses and bins are either left out or put out days before the collection day - which is adding to wildlife and birdlife issues.
"Animals are tipping over the bins to access the rubbish and cockatoos are going inside the bins and also collecting rubbish off the ground."
Ms Calabro said despite two skip bins located at Brambuk it was unknown if they were for business use or for campers to drop their waste in. "The National Park has bags of waste dropped all along Mt Zero road and MacKenzie Falls has rubbish all along the edges of the carpark and walking track - all the way to the falls," she said.
"Campgrounds are often left with rubbish everywhere after a group has left and there is rubbish all around Lake Bellfield - with many locals picking it up time and time again."
Ms Calabro said every busy weekend in Halls Gap all the bins are full.
"This is causing the issue of rubbish being dumped next to the bins - adding to the wildlife concerns of eating what they can," she said.
"There is rubbish being thrown out of car windows on main roads and in the National Park. I find the Northern Grampians Shire has had no responsive action - there is apparently a draft waste management strategy - however, we have been asking for change for over two years."
Northern Grampians Shire Council environment and community safety manager Warren Groves said during peak visitor times extra collection services were put in place to combat excess rubbish issues.
"Over Easter, we had a daily collection and also two skip bins placed out there (Halls Gap)," he said.
"Not only did we not get complaints but we did get some compliments. During the Grape Escape, there was an increase in collection services."
Mr Groves said between the two "expected" busy tourist times workers were caught out.
"This is causing the issue of rubbish being dumped next to the bins - adding to the wildlife concerns of eating what they can,"Megan Calabro
"That's the difficulty with Halls Gap. Broadly the visitation keeps increasing but it's not in a straight line," he said.
"We have to balance having the area clean and somewhere for the rubbish to go, to not over-service the area and waste the rate-payers money. Most of the time I would say we get it right - but sometimes it's not so flash."
Mr Groves said there was other contributing factors the council has to manage as well. "Our wildlife friends and in particular birds like to access bins that are only three-quarters full," he said.
"Naturally, that looks terrible in photos and to the eye. It's not the fact the bin is full or overflowing it's that our feathered friends pull out stuff until they get what they want."
Mr Groves said Council are currently working through a waste management draft proposal.
"We are looking into different ways of managing waste to make it more efficient and more effective," he said.
"We have the competing balance between cost to community versus efficiency and where is the acceptable level of service. It's about balance. Where we're heading with the new waste strategy and new contracts is looking into a whole range of efficiencies - which of course this also ties in with the recycling crisis as well."
Areas covered in the waste management draft plan include recycling, a proposal to deal with food and garden organics and bins which can compact waste.
"Food and garden organics can constitute up to 40 per cent of a waste bin which goes to landfill," he said.
"If you can reduce the amount of waste by up to 40 per cent there are many potential savings right there. We are looking into 'e-bins' which are solar powered bins which compact and you can get up to five to eight times more rubbish in them as well."
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