Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

When They Dispose of Green Waste

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

When They Dispose of Green Waste

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GLADSTONE Regional Council urges home owners to be responsible for their green waste.

Council reminds residents to be more aware of how their household green waste can impact negatively on the environment.

Council's Environment and Regulation spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said the incorrect disposal of green waste which includes leaves, twigs, small branches and lawn clippings, increases the spread of weeds, plant pests and diseases, as well as costing taxpayers. CyCyThe continued wet season has caused excessive growth in gardens and lawns requiring residents to maintain their yards more frequently and resulting in instances of garden waste material ending up in storm water drains,'' Cr Chapman said.

CyCyThis week council received several requests from members of the community to unblock storm water drains caused from the accumulation of lawn clippings and debris from neighbouring residents.

CyCyCouncil asks all residents to preserve the environment by taking time to clear grass clippings left on streets and in gutters and to also cover loads when transporting garden waste.''

Cr Chapman also urged residents to avoid placing lawn clippings around trees in council parks and on footpaths as it causes collar rot and results in the death of the tree.

Council provides free disposal of all green waste for residents at transfer stations and the Benaraby Landfill.

Green waste should not be disposed of in your general waste and recycling bins and council also recommends that you plan your load before you go to the tip or transfer station so that you can easily drop off waste into the designated areas.

Have your recycling, general waste and green waste separated in your vehicle. This will save you considerable time when you reach the waste disposal site and will ensure that you are charged correctly.

Free mulch is available from all waste management facilities for residents who wish to self-load. …

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