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Council offers free green waste disposal

Rake and grass clippings

Get busy in the garden and make the most of Council's free green waste disposal period between 28 October and 12 November.

Monday 9 October 2017

To help residents prepare their homes and properties for the fire season, Mount Alexander Shire Council is offering free green waste disposal to local residents for 16 days.

Mount Alexander Shire residents will be able to dispose of green waste at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities at no cost from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 12 November – which includes three weekends.

“Residents have an important role to play to reduce the risk of bushfires,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free green waste disposal period to clear their property of fire hazards ahead of the declared Fire Danger Period.

“This is a great time to get outdoors and pull out the weeds, mow the lawns, clear your gutters and prune overhanging branches to ensure you have a clear fire break around your home.”

During this time residents can drop off garden waste such as grass, sticks and branches during normal operating hours.

Green waste must be free of contaminants such as rubbish and declared noxious weeds, and emptied from plastic bags prior to disposal.

Proof of residence in the shire will be required on entry. Normal green waste fees will apply to businesses or residents acting on behalf of businesses.

Loads containing items other than green waste will be charged accordingly. Normal gate fees will apply before and after the free 16 day period.

What green waste will be accepted?

• Grass clippings (no declared noxious weeds)
• Natural wood and tree branches (less than 100mm diameter)

For more information and frequently asked questions visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/wastefacilities.

For tips on vegetation removal visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/clearing-trees-and-vegetation/.

For more tips on preparing your property ahead of the Fire Danger Period visit Council’s fire prevention page .

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