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Green waste recycled for valuable city-wide mulching

13 February, 2015

Brisbane City Council’s clean-up efforts after the destructive storm event of 27 November 2014 have provided more than 32,500 cubic metres of valuable mulch for the city’s parks and gardens.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council’s concentrated clean-up efforts resulted in 60,000 cubic metres of green waste being in the weeks following the storm.

“Council immediately got to work removing green waste from our streets, parks and other open spaces after the storm event, as well as undertaking special kerbside collections for residents in the worst-hit suburbs,” Cr Quirk said.

“Nearly 6,000 trees in Council parks and reserves were lost or removed during the storm, creating a large amount of green waste in public areas.

“All of this green waste was transferred to two sites and is currently in being stored, processed and aged, to be converted into high quality mulch for Council to use in our parks and gardens.”

The green waste has been processed into 32,500 cubic metres of mulch using a tub grinder and an inline grinder, supported by 22 tonne excavators, at sites in Darra and Fig Tree Pocket.

Cr Quirk said that the lengthy process also had required the mulch to undergo a maturation stage, to ensure weed seeds were killed and to diminish nitrogen levels so they didn’t affect the nutrients of the sites where the mulch would be used.

“Usually it can take up to two months for the mulch to age, however, thanks to 17 days of rain during January and the warm weather, the mulch was ready much earlier,” he said.

“This mulch will now be distributed over coming weeks to more than 30 suburbs in the south and west areas of the city, with a particular focus on those suburbs in the Fire Ant Declared Zone.”

Cr Quirk said that in addition to Council’s green waste collection, residents had made use of free storm-waste tipping at Council’s waste transfer stations.

“Approximately 20,000 residents visited Council’s waste transfer stations, tipping nearly 4,000 tonnes of general storm-affected waste,” Cr Quirk said.

Cr Quirk also thanked the 1,500 SES volunteers who assisted following the storm to respond to more than 2,000 roof-tarping jobs and nearly 130 requests from vulnerable residents for assistance.

For more information on being prepared for severe weather events, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] FEBRUARY 11, 2015

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