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Published Monday 10 December 2018
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Green waste program important step for fire prevention through Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire Council has recognised residents for taking up the free green waste initiative in record numbers to help them stay fire-ready through summer.

Residents brought in more green waste than ever with 2,700 cubic metres of green waste – which is about 21,000 standard kerbside garbage bins. The free green waste program is delivered to ratepayers at an approximate cost of $200,000.

The centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan saw 5,543 visits for green waste drop offs as Mitchell Shire continues its commitment to reducing fire risk across the municipality.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the green waste program was an important part of remaining fire ready through the shire.

“We live in a high-risk bushfire area, so it is important we take steps to reduce the risks and take the necessary precautions to ensure everyone in the shire is prepared,” he said.

“It was great to see so many residents across the shire take advantage of Council’s free green waste program. The response was overwhelming, and I am thankful for those who were patient with staff.

“While the free green waste program prompted a lot of residents to prepare for the fire season, it does not stop there. We are urging residents to continue cleaning up their properties. This is a process which should happen throughout the entire fire season.”

Residents can still access the resource recovery centres by using vouchers, or gate fees.

Due to changes in EPA storage requirements, the mulch from the green waste will no longer be available for residents to collect.

As a reminder, a Total Fire Ban Day can be declared at any time throughout the year. No fires are to be lit in the open air on Total Fire Ban Days. Resource recovery centres are closed on these days.

For more information on the free green waste drop off or burning off, please visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5734 6200. For more information on getting fire ready, please visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au.