Murrindindi Shire is offering free green waste disposal until Christmas Eve to help residents and businesses clean up after the heavy rains and floods earlier this month.
Council’s Infrastructure and Waste Portfolio Councillor Eric Lording said the heavy rain and flooding created a lot of extra debris for property owners across the Shire.
“Anyone with green waste can bring it to our Waste Transfer Stations at Alexandra, Yea, Kinglake, Marysville and Eildon,” Cr Lording said.
“Please make sure any prunings, branches or trunks are broken down to under two metres in length and natural timber must be no more than 25cm in diameter.
“We know in some cases the amount of debris lying around is causing problems with property access and amenity for many of our residents.
“Coming into peak fire season, we are also acutely aware of the other risks associated with piles of branches, trees, grass and leaves left over the ground or dragged into fences – the potential fire hazard they create,” he said.
“Council has seen a spike this week in burning permit requests, but as we’re well into in the fire danger period, we won’t be issuing any despite the extra branches lying around.”
Cr Lording said anyone seeking fire permits will instead be encouraged to make use of council’s free green waste disposal offer instead.
“Please ensure any steel, wire or rocks are removed from the green waste prior to dropping it off at a transfer station – this is important – as this damages the mulching machinery used to break the green waste down.”
For more information about council’s waste disposal facilities visit www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/waste or contact council during business hours on (03) 5772 0333.