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Free green waste disposal reminder

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Don't forget about the free green waste disposal period, which lasts until Sunday 4 November.

Friday 26 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council reminds residents they can take green waste to our Maldon and Castlemaine waste facilities for free until Sunday 4 November

Council began the annual free green waste disposal initiative to help residents prepare their property for the Fire Danger Period.

“It’s such a good time to get out in the garden and begin your property clean up in readiness for summer,” said Luke Ryan, Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Clear out your gutters, tidy up the yard and garden and if you’re on land make sure you have a clear fire break around your property,” said Mr Ryan.

“Don’t forget your green waste needs to be free of household rubbish and noxious weeds and not be in plastic bags,” he said.

Acceptable green waste includes grass clippings, natural wood and tree branches less than 10cm diameter.

Proof of residence in the shire is 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.

The free waste disposal period started on Saturday 20 October.

Council is undertaking other activities to prepare the shire for summer, which is forecast to have a high risk of bushfire.

In partnership with the CFA, Council staff have started property inspections and are assessing for fire hazards against CFA guidelines. Inspections began in the north of the shire and will move south.

Mr Ryan explained the team prioritises inspections on properties on the outskirt of towns.

“These properties can significantly reduce the likelihood of a bushfire moving from farms into more densely populated townships,” he said.

The team expects to complete the inspections by early November.

Council’s Works Unit have commenced its annual weed management and slashing program on strategically selected roadsides. The activities will continue until mid-December and aim to reduce the likelihood of ignition and spread of fire.

For more tips on preparing your property ahead of the Fire Danger Period visit Council’s fire prevention page at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/FirePrevention.

Image: Make the most of the free green waste disposal period in the lead up to summer.

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