Following the abolition several years ago of tip passes for Murrindindi Shire ratepayers, Murrindindi Shire voted on Wednesday, June 27 to commence a free domestic green waste scheme.
Councillors were unanimously excited to sign off on the initiative in the 2018/19 Budget – Council’s new free green waste program based at Resource Recovery Centres, formerly known colloquially as ‘the local tip.’
Infrastructure and Waste Portfolio Councillor Eric Lording said residents will be able to dispose of their green waste at any of the Murrindindi’s five Resource Recovery Centres free of charge from today, Sunday, July 1 2018.
“Council will be accepting domestic quantities of grass clippings, leaves, garden trimmings, branches and tree trunks at all of its Resource Recovery Centres,” Cr Lording said.
“To be accepted for free, green waste must not be mixed up with other materials. Branches and tree trunks must be no longer than 1.5 metres in length and be less than 25 centimetres in diameter. Branches and stumps larger than this will continue to incur a fee.
“When dropping off green waste, residents will need to bring along evidence they live in Murrindindi Shire. This could be their rates notice, rates token or photo ID with their Murrindindi Shire residential address on it.
“In order for this program to be available to all residents of Murrindindi Shire, charges for commercial volumes of green waste or green waste from businesses will continue to apply. The rate will remain the same as last year.
“Council is really committed to protecting and preserving our environment here in Murrindindi Shire. This free green waste program is about more than just creating a cost-saving opportunity for residents, it’s a chance to reduce smoke pollution and increase the amount of material being reused. These are important factors for sustainable environmental management,” Cr Lording said.
Find out more about how to manage your waste and Council’s Resource Recovery Centres at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/waste