Douglas Shire Council is encouraging local residents to clean up their own backyard with free domestic green waste disposal from Saturday 4 November to Sunday 12 November 2017.
“The recent heavy rainfall and the beautiful sunshine have seen our gardens flourish! And with cyclone season approaching, we are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free domestic green waste disposal” said Mayor Julia Leu.
“Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in instances of backyard burnings. This is not permitted and out of courtesy for your neighbours should not be done.
The impact of smoke upon people’s health and respiratory systems can be critical and we urge you to remember you can take your green waste including tree clippings, palm fronds and grass cuttings to either the Killaloe or Newell Beach Transfer Stations for free during this period.”
Killaloe Transfer Station is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5.30pm and on Sundays from 9am to 5.30pm. Newell Beach Transfer Station is open on Mondays from 8am-12pm, Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-12pm.
“Illegal dumping of green waste has the potential to assist with the spread of invasive animal species such as the electric ant and crazy ant. It is also important to highlight how damaging it is to our pristine natural environment, and anyone caught doing this may face significant fines. Mayor Leu said.
“So, take advantage of this glorious weather and free green waste disposal to spruce up your garden and protect the environment at the same time.”
The free green waste initiative is for domestic vehicles only. Conditions apply. For enquiries contact Council on 4099 9444
Media contact: Kerrie Hawkes – CEO Unit Executive Officer – 07-4099 9444