Don’t rub­bish the ski trails

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

MT Hotham Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (MHARMB) is ask­ing vis­i­tors to make sure they take their rub­bish with them this sea­son.

The Board con­ducted works to re­move a sig­nif­i­cant amount of rub­bish which had ac­cu­mu­lated be­neath the Hotham Vil­lage in the head­wa­ters of the Dargo River catch­ment this May.

A crew of seven peo­ple spent five days col­lect­ing the rub­bish in bags, and while some was walked out, the re­main­der was stock­piled un­til it could be re­moved via he­li­copter. Items in­cluded milk crates, kegs, tyres, ski field equip­ment, snow­boards, and an old fridge.

Ac­cord­ing to MHARMB, pre­vail­ing winds and snowmelt cause rub­bish to leave the vil­lage area and move into the sur­round­ing land­scape, and they are ap­peal­ing to all mem­bers of the snow com­mu­nity to en­sure they dis­pose of all waste ap­pro­pri­ately at all times.

Public place re­cy­cling bins and waste to land­fill bins are avail­able across the Hotham Vil­lage and wher­ever pos­si­ble, en­sure you re­cy­cling in­clud­ing food and or­ganic ma­te­ri­als in the “Living Bin” pro­gram at venues across the re­sort.

Cig­a­rette butts and ap­ple cores are par­tic­u­lar lit­ter is­sues within the re­sort, and each sum­mer MHARMB re­move 30 to 40 ap­ple trees which have seeded along the edge of the road or on ski trails.

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