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Lord Mayor offers last free green waste disposal for 2013

04 October, 2013

Lord Mayor offers last free green waste disposal for 2013

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will offer residents the chance to get rid of unwanted green waste with the last free tipping weekend of the year being held this Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October.

The event will allow households to dispose of garden waste including prunings, lawn clippings and leaves for free at any Council Transfer Station as part of storm and bushfire season preparations.

The Lord Mayor said last month’s free green waste weekend had exceeded the average tonnage for tipping weekends in 2012 (average 808 tonnes) and 2011 (average 552 tonnes).

“I’d like to thank Brisbane residents for responding so well to last month’s free green waste weekend where we had 4,750 green waste loads totalling 1,064 tonnes taken to the city’s four transfer stations – a bigger weekend than any of the free green waste weekends for the past two years,” Cr Quirk said.

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the last free green waste weekend this Saturday and Sunday to get ready for the summer storm season.”

Cr Quirk said the importance of being prepared for natural disasters in Brisbane could not be underestimated.

“Loose tree branches and lightweight backyard items can become damaging missiles in high winds, bringing down power lines and causing property damage, while blocked gutters can cause leaking roofs,” he said.

“Thunderstorms and flash flooding can occur without warning during our city’s warmer months, so keeping a neat and tidy yard is an important step to prevent potential damage.

“Residents whose homes back onto or are located near bushlands should be especially vigilant about removing undergrowth near buildings and in gardens.

“With free green waste disposal this weekend, there has never been a better time to trim overhanging tree branches, rake up bark, twigs and dried leaves from around your home, and clear gutters of leaf litter.”

Ratepayers can also order a Green Waste Recycling bin for a discounted rate through October, with the $30 establishment fee waived. The bins have an ongoing cost of $17.94 a quarter.

Council’s transfer stations are open every day from 6.30am to 5.45pm and are located at:
• 1560 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
• 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong
• 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
• 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex).

[ENDS] October 4, 2013

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