Free green waste dis­posal for Mitchell

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tres in Mitchell Shire will of­fer free green waste dis­posal for two days a week in Novem­ber to help peo­ple keep their prop­er­ties fire ready.

Leaves, twigs, gar­den weeds, grass clip­pings and tree branches un­der 30 cm in di­am­e­ter can be dropped off for free dur­ing open­ing hours.

Sey­mour is open on Satur­days and Mon­days, Broad­ford on Satur­days and Sun­days, Pya­long on Sun­days and Mon­days, and Wal­lan on Satur­days and Sun­days.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son en­cour­aged peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the ser­vice as part of their fire sea­son prepa­ra­tions.

‘‘Per­mits for burn­ing off won’t be is­sued af­ter Mon­day, Novem­ber 5 and CFA fire re­stric­tions are likely to be­gin soon, so we of­fer the free green waste ser­vice to help peo­ple keep on top of their fire safety prepa­ra­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘Based on com­mu­nity feed­back last year when we only of­fered the ser­vice on week­ends at all sites, we’ve changed the days for Pya­long and our tem­po­rary site at Sey­mour to al­low more op­tions for ac­cess­ing the ser­vice.

‘‘Please be pa­tient as this is a busy pe­riod. You can help speed things up by mak­ing sure your load doesn’t in­clude branches big­ger than 30 cm and mak­ing sure it doesn’t in­clude nox­ious weeds, rub­bish, wire or other con­tam­i­nants.’’

To make use of the free drop offs, res­i­dents will need to show their driv­ers li­cence with a cur­rent ad­dress in Mitchell Shire.

Prop­erty own­ers who live out­side the shire will need to bring a copy of their rates no­tice and photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in the same name.

The green waste will be turned into mulch, which may be avail­able for res­i­dents in com­ing months, de­pend­ing on vol­ume and qual­ity.

The green waste dis­posal ser­vice costs coun­cil about $120 000 to pro­vide each year and is funded through gen­eral rates in­come.

For op­er­at­ing times and more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mitchell­shire.vic. gov.au/green-waste

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