Residents in the Mount Alexander Shire will be able to dispose of their garden clippings for free during a 16-day free green waste disposal period.
From Saturday, October 28, to Sunday, November 12, residents can take garden waste such as grass, sticks and branches to the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities at no cost.
Mount Alexander Shire Council healthy environments manager Ben Bowman said the free disposal would help residents prepare their homes and properties for the fire season.
“Residents have an important role to play to reduce the risk of bushfires,” he said.
“We are encouraging residents to take advantage of the free green waste disposal period to clear their property of fire hazards ahead of the declared fire danger period.
“This is a great time to get outdoors and pull out the weeds, mow the lawns, clear your gutters and prune overhanging branches to ensure you have a clear fire break around your home.”
Green waste must be free of contaminants such as rubbish and declared noxious weeds, and emptied from plastic bags prior to disposal.
Proof of residence in the shire will be required on entry. Normal green waste fees will apply to businesses or residents acting on behalf of businesses.
Loads containing items other than green waste will be charged accordingly. Normal gate fees will apply before and after the free 16-day period.