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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Did we hear you say ‘free green waste’?

Mayor Mathew Hatcher says free, green waste drop off at the shire’s tips next month will help residents prepare for the fire season.

“Between 11 and 24 September we’re waiving fees for green waste dropped at the Surf Beach, Moruya and Brou waste management facilities,” Cr Hatcher said.

The free drop off runs alongside the Rural Fire Service’s ‘Get Ready’ weekend on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September says the Mayor.

“It’s a service you have been asking for – a great opportunity to clear leaves and twigs from gutters and around buildings, prune back trees and shrubs, get lawns mown, and then get rid of that waste,” Cr Hatcher said.

“I’ve also been asked why there is a fee for green waste disposal at all and, in a nutshell, we need to recover costs because processing green waste to Environmental Protection Agency standards requires specialist contractors with fit-for-purpose machinery.”

Once processed, the mulch created is made available to the community.

“This mulch is in high demand and while most councils sell it, we give it away for free,” Cr Hatcher said.

“Council has found this model to be the most equitable for our shire, the free mulch benefitting ratepayers and with the extra bonus of reducing landfill.”

Green waste is accepted at Council’s three waste facilities. The Surf Beach and Brou tips are open from 7am to 4.45pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 3.45 on weekends. The Moruya tip is open from 8am to 3.45pm, Thursday to Monday. Follow directions on site as drop-off areas can change.

Rural Fire Service Batemans Bay’s Courtney Binder and Brad Italiano unloading green waste at the Surf Beach tip.

Green waste is mulched and made available to Eurobodalla residents for free – demand is high.

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