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Prepare your garden for bush fire season: Free garden drop-off at Helensburgh and Corrimal

THE summer bush fire season is around the corner and Wollongong City Council is advising residents to prepare their gardens.

A free garden organics drop-off will be available during December at Helensburgh and Corrimal, offering an easy way for residents to clear their property and remove excess small branches, shrubs, fallen leaves, twigs and debris ahead of peak bushfire season.

The free garden organics collections will be in addition to the weekly pick up of the green-lidded FOGO bins which can also be filled with garden organics as well as household food waste.

The collections will take place on:

  • Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Rex Jackson Oval, Helensburgh from 8am to 12pm.
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Ziems Park, Corrimal from 8am to 12pm.

Council’s director of infrastructure and works, Joanne Page said the threat of summer bushfires is a real threat for the community – particularly given the proximity to the escarpment. “It’s important to stay on top of the build-up of garden vegetation at this time of the year,” Ms Page said.

“By taking these proactive actions and bringing garden organics to these free drop-off points, residents are taking action to manage the risk of fire on their property and supporting the protection of their community, now and into the future.

“Our recent wet weather has provided ideal growing conditions for grass and plants across Wollongong. With growth comes maintenance, and any cuttings, clippings or leaves should be kept out of our gutters and placed in green bins or dropped off at any of our upcoming collections.” Ms Page said.

No food organic waste will be accepted at the collections. Normal residential quantities of green waste will be accepted – for example trailer and carloads, not tip trucks or commercial vehicles. Residents are also asked to only bring tree branches up to 75 mm diameter in roughly metre lengths to assist with the compactors capacity to deal with the waste. 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 reaching Remondis staff who will remove the garden organics from the vehicle and/or trailer. Residents are only permitted to leave their vehicle to remove a covering.

Collection events will be contactless drop-offs and will require residents to check-in using a QR code. The green organics collected at the events will be taken to Soilco for processing into organic compost.

For further information on waste services visit Council’s waste page or download the mobile ‘Wollongong Waste App’, available on Apple and Android online stores for the latest on all waste events and bin reminders.

For more bush fire information, visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for tips on preparing your home for bush fire.


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