Free green waste pro­gram

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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