Don’t rubbish the ski trails
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.