TOP TIPS FOR GARDEN WASTE

Did you know that putting small branches into your garden bin before grass clippings prevents grass sticking to the bottom?

Sunshine Coast Council has released a new video that shares some ideas on how to make the most out of the “green” bin.

Environment and Liveability Portfolio Holder Cr Maria Suarez said remembering what goes in your garden organics bin was really very simple.

“If it grows in your garden, it can go in the bin,” Cr Suarez said.

“And that’s the extent of it – please only put grass clippings, small branches and twigs, leaves, non-invasive weeds, garden prunings and old flowers in your garden bin.”

Garden waste is taken to Council tips where it is processed into mulch and placed in windrows to age.

Once it’s had enough time to break down, the mulch is made available to ratepayers for use on their gardens.

“From July to October 2022, since the expanded service began, more than 6300 tonnes of kerbside-collected garden organics have been diverted from landfill, recycled and reused,” Cr Suarez said.

“Our Sunshine Coast community has really taken up the chance to help our environment by using the fortnightly garden organics bin to divert more waste from landfill and prevent harmful greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere.

“A total of 86,000 households now have a garden organics bin with an extra 45,000 joining the service since the expanded program began on July 11, 2022.

“We have a goal to be a zero net emissions organisation and low carbon region and decomposing waste is a big contributor to greenhouse gases.”

The new video can be viewed at oursc.com.au, on council’s social media and youtube channel.

Coarse mulch is available at most Sunshine Coast waste facilities. Check stock availability and quantity limits by searching ‘ coarse mulch’ at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

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