NEW Green Garden Recycle Service
Macedon Ranges Shire Council is providing a new green garden bin collection service to 8,700 residential properties in the shire.
Currently only 35% of material collected in the shire is recycled, and an estimated further 20 to 30% could be diverted for recycling purposes. Garden organics can be recycled as mulch or other green products, which enhance biodiversity and reduce water use.
“Green waste is the single highest recyclable product found in our domestic garbage stream,” said Mayor Henry McLaughlin. “This creates unnecessary greenhouse gas, as it doesn’t have the oxygen to decompose as nature intended. So, every recyclable green item put in one of our green bins is one less piece of waste going to landfill.”
Throughout September, a new 240 litre green garden bin and information kit will be delivered to 8,700 residential properties across the shire. This bin can be used to recycle garden organics such as twigs and grass clippings from 1 October. If you are one of the properties to receive a green bin, you can put it out each fortnight on your usual collection day, on the alternate week to your recycling bin.
The fee for this service is $1 per week, and is paid as part of your rates notice. Full details will be provided in the information kit that will be delivered with each bin. If you would like your own green garden bin but do not receive one by the end of September, contact Council on 5422 0333 to see if you are eligible.
FREE Green Drop at Transfer Stations
As part of its commitment to recycling green garden material, from 1 October Council is also introducing a Free Green Drop at all Council Transfer Stations to help people recycle larger garden items. This service will cover large branches and thicker prunings that can be turned into wood chips.