Free green waste program
Record numbers of Mitchell Shire residents took up Council’s free green waste initiative during November.
Residents brought in more green waste than ever before, with 2700 cubic metres of green waste — about 21 000 standard kerbside garbage bins — dropped off.
The free green waste program, which is delivered to ratepayers at an approximate cost of $200 000, saw 5543 drop offs and aims to reduce the fire risk across the municipality.
‘‘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,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said.
‘‘It was great to see so many residents across the shire take advantage of Council’s free green waste program. The response was overwhelming, and I am thankful for those who were patient with staff.’’
Mr Chisholm said while the free green waste program prompted a lot of residents to prepare for the fire season, it didn’t stop there.
‘‘We are urging residents to continue cleaning up their properties. This is a process which should happen throughout the entire fire season,’’ he said.
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.