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Free green waste drop offs on weekends in November to help residents get ready for the fire season

27 October 2017

To help people prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season, Council is offering free green waste drop off at Resource Recovery Centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan on weekends during November.

Tree branches (under 30 centimetres round), prunings, leaves, twigs, garden weeds and grass clippings can be dropped off on November 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Loads must be free of noxious weeds, rubbish, wire and other contaminants otherwise fees will apply.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important that people prepared their properties for the fire season now.

“We live in a high bushfire risk area and with a relatively dry winter and an ‘above normal’ fire season predicted this summer, it’s really important that people take the necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The recent Fire Action Week was a timely reminder for people to start preparing their properties, but it doesn’t stop there. Cleaning up your property is something that needs to happen all the way up to, and through, the fire season.

“Our Resource Recovery Centre staff will be on site to ensure the drop off process runs as smoothly as possible, but please be patient as we expect the sites to get quite busy.”

To make use of the free drop offs, Mitchell Shire residents will need to show their driver’s licence with a current address in Mitchell.

Property owners who live outside the shire will need to bring a copy of their rates notice and photo identification in the same name.

The green waste will be turned into mulch once the free green waste drop off period has ended, which may be available for residents to collect at certain Resource Recovery Centres depending on the quality of mulch.

Residents are also reminded of current Council fire restrictions that see most properties requiring a permit to burn-off until the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared. Once the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared, no permits will be issued.

For more information on the free green waste drop off or burning off, please click HERE call (03) 5734 6200.

For more information on getting fire ready, please visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au.