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Council extends free green waste disposal period

Tree branch on ground

Council has extended the free disposal period for storm debris at Castlemaine and Maldon Waste Facilities until the end of January.

Friday 22 December 2017

To help residents clean up their properties after Tuesday night’s storm, Mount Alexander Shire Council has extended the free disposal period for storm debris at Castlemaine and Maldon Waste Facilities until the end of January.

During this time residents can drop off storm-related green waste and debris such as twigs, leaves, branches and logs. The free disposal period does not apply to normal garden waste, grass clippings or commercial waste.

Council is also making arrangements to provide a central collection point for green and woody debris in the Taradale area which was hardest hit by the storm.

It is expected the collection point will be open in early February. More information will be available in the New Year.

“The storm which hit on Tuesday evening has resulted in a significant amount of fallen trees and branches across the shire which needs to be cleaned up,” said Gaynor Atkin, Municipal Recovery Officer.

“We recognise this is a big task for everyone involved at this busy time of the year so we extended the collection period until the 31 January,” said Ms Atkin.

“This will provide some time after the Christmas and New Year period and over the long weekend in January to help clear your home and property.

“It will also allow some extra time reach out to family, friends and neighbours to see who might be able to help with the clean up or take some potential firewood off your hands.”

Council would like to remind residents that firewood collection from roadsides is not permitted.

“Council work crews have been out day and night to clear roads of fallen trees and timbers to create access to local roads and properties,” said Ms Atkin.

“Staff have undertaken impact assessments and this will continue this throughout January.

“It may take some time for us to assess all roadside vegetation and undertake risk assessments. However, if you are concerned about potential risks associated with dangerous trees or roadside vegetation please make an online service request via our website,” she said.

Visit our waste facilities page for conditions relating to free green waste disposal and operating hours. For more information and resources on dealing with the storm event visit our current emergencies page.

Residents who have sustained significant damage to their home can contact Council’s Municipal Recovery Manager on 0417 640 727 to discuss support options available.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has also provided advice for landholders if stockpiling the debris during the clean up or to burn after the Fire Danger Period has ended.

• Position green waste burn piles appropriately, i.e. sufficient distance away from structures, trees and bushes.
• Keep burn piles to a manageable size. If needed create multiple piles spaced appropriately apart to be able to control individual burns. Spacing between piles will depend on their size and your ability to control individual burns. Minimum 8 metres but may be up to 30 metres depending on size.
• If you are uncomfortable in conduct a burn after the fire danger period has ended, request assistance from the CFA or consider an alternative method of green waste disposal.

Note – the CFA cannot commit to assisting everyone with their burns and it is the landholder’s responsibility to safely dispose of their green waste and monitor their burns.

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