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Council offers free green waste disposal (26 October – 10 November 2019)

Rake and grass clippings

Drop off your green waste for free at our waste facilities over 16 days in October and November.

Thursday 19 September 2019

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.

Shire residents and ratepayers will be able to dispose of green waste at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities at no cost from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 10 November – which includes three weekends.

“As summer approaches it is important that all residents take steps to reduce the risk of fire around their property,” said Glenn Brown, Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It’s predicted to be a long and dry summer this year so getting your property ready for the Fire Danger Season is very important,” said Mr Brown.

“Prepare your property by pruning bushes, cutting branches that overhang your home or sheds, clearing out gutters and relocating piles of wood away from buildings,” he said.

“If you have this work done early you’ll be in a good place for the declared Fire Danger Period,” he said.

“If you live on a rural property, also make sure you have a clear fire break around your home.

“We’ve seen the devastation caused by the fires in Queensland and New South Wales so it makes sense to be ready early in the season.”

During the free green waste disposal period 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)

Residents are also encourage to compost as much material as possible at home.

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/WasteFacilities.

For tips on vegetation removal visit

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

Image: Take your green waste to Maldon and Castlemaine waste facilities for free over 16 days in October and November.

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