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Lord Mayor offers discount on new Green Waste Recycling Bins

22 September, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is offering Brisbane ratepayers the opportunity to order a new Green Waste Recycling bin at a discounted rate when they sign up for the service in October.

The Lord Mayor said the once-a-year initiative was a great chance for residents to sign up to the service without having to pay the $30 establishment fee.

“This is about encouraging a clean and green city and this discount offer gives residents the perfect opportunity to sign up, make a difference and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” Cr Quirk said.

Cr Quirk said the initiative was timely to help residents prepare their properties for Brisbane’s summer storm season.

“Severe storms can occur anytime from now until around March, and can result in property damage, power outages, isolation due to fallen powerlines and debris, and flash flooding,” Cr Quirk said.

“Each year Council encourages residents to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season by trimming tree branches well clear of their home and cleaning their roof, gutters and downpipes.

“Having a green bin on hand will not only assist with storm and bushfire preparedness but also help to create a more sustainable, green and clean city.

“It is an affordable way of disposing of green waste, with bins collected fortnightly at a cost of just $18.63 a quarter or $74.52 per year.”

Cr Quirk said all green waste collected through the Green Waste Recycling Service was chipped and processed – ready for reuse as mulch and compost products.

“Since the green waste recycling service started in 2010, Brisbane has diverted more than 46,000 tonnes of garden waste, showing that with every new green bin, we are helping to recover resources instead of wasting them in landfill,” Cr Quirk said.

“Last year almost 5000 new bins were ordered in the month of October, adding to the current total of more than 61,000 green bins across the city, showing residents are keen to do their bit for the environment.”

Residents can place all their grass clippings, garden prunings, weeds and leaves in their green waste bin, which reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Green waste bins are 240 litres with a lime green lid, and are collected fortnightly in the alternate week to your recycling bin.

To sign up for the Green Waste Recycling Service, visit Council’s website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/waste or phone Council on 3403 8888. Remember to have your current Rate Account information handy.

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