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Surge in summer green waste prompts free collection points over two weekends

DO you have extra green waste that you are looking to get rid of?

Wollongong City Council have set up free green waste collection points for residents over the next two weekends at Helensburgh and Corrimal.

The climate and environment of the northern Illawarra means the hazard of summer bushfire is real, and the Council is providing an additional way residents can reduce their backyard green waste.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council staff are currently working hard to manage a surge in green vegetation.

“It’s important to remember that leaves and clippings should be kept out of street gutters, and put into our green bins or dropped off at one of our green waste pick ups that we are holding over the next two weekends” Cr Bradbery said.

“The city is very green, but the challenge of green waste is upon us.

“Bushfires are a very real threat to our community, as we were dreadfully reminded of last year. While the weather hasn’t been as extreme this summer, it’s still important to stay on top of your garden maintenance.

“It’s a great time to clear your property and remove fallen leaves, twigs and debris, to help stay on top of the build up of green waste that can be dangerous is the right conditions.”

In addition to the weekly pickups, Council is offering two free green waste drop off points at Corrimal and Helensburgh for this weekend and the next.

The pick ups will take place on Saturday January 16 2021 at Rex Jackson Oval, Helensburgh from 7.30am to 1pm and on Saturday January 23 2021 at Ziems Park, Corrimal from 7.30am to midday.

Normal residential quantities of green waste will be accepted – for example trailer and car loads, not tip trucks or commercial vehicles. Residents are also asked to only bring tree branches no bigger than 75mm diameter in roughly metre lengths to assist with the compactors capacity to deal with the waste. FOGO waste will not be accepted, only green waste will be processed at each site.

Proof of residency, for example a driver’s licence, is also required at the drop off points.

Residents are asked to drive into the car park and queue in their vehicles until they need to unload their green waste, where Remondis staff will be on site to assist.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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