Fire aware clean up on green waste

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

MITCHELL Shire Coun­cil has recog­nised res­i­dents for tak­ing up the free green waste ini­tia­tive in record num­bers to help them stay fire-ready through sum­mer.

Res­i­dents brought in more green waste than ever with 2,700 cu­bic me­tres of green waste which is about 21,000 stan­dard kerb­side garbage bins. Mitchell Shire mayor Bill Chisholm said the green waste pro­gram was an im­por­tant part of

‘ We live in a high-risk bush­fire area, so it is im­por­tant we take steps to re­duce the risks and take the nec­es­sary ’ pre­cau­tions to en­sure ev­ery­one in the shire is pre­pared

re­main­ing fire ready through the shire.

“We live in a high-risk bush­fire area, so it is im­por­tant we take steps to re­duce the risks and take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to en­sure ev­ery­one in the shire is pre­pared,” he said.

“It was great to see so many res­i­dents across the shire take ad­van­tage of Coun­cil’s free green waste pro­gram.

“While the pro­gram prompted a lot of res­i­dents to pre­pare for the fire sea­son, it does not stop there. We are urg­ing res­i­dents to con­tinue cleaning up their prop­er­ties. This is a process which should hap­pen through­out the en­tire fire sea­son.”

Res­i­dents can still ac­cess the re­source re­cov­ery cen­tres by us­ing vouch­ers, or gate fees. Due to changes in EPA stor­age re­quire­ments, the mulch from the green waste will no longer be avail­able for res­i­dents to col­lect.

As a re­minder, a To­tal Fire Ban Day can be de­clared at any time through­out the year. No fires are to be lit in the open air on To­tal Fire Ban Days. Re­source re­cov­ery cen­tres are closed on these days. For more in­for­ma­tion on the free green waste drop off or burn­ing off, please visit www.mitchell­shire.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5734 6200.

For more in­for­ma­tion on get­ting fire ready, please visit www.emer­gency.vic.gov.au.

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