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Green waste service hits 1,000!

Green waste service hits 1,000!

Swan Hill residents are playing their part in keeping our future green as the 1,000 kerbside green waste service was taken up this week.

Since the introduction of the service in 2011, there has been a steady uptake of the environmentally friendly service, however in recent months Council has seen a spike.

Council Mayor Ann Young said she was thrilled that so many Swan Hill residents were thinking greener.

“Now more than ever, people are looking at ways to reduce waste and live more sustainably, and taking up a green waste service is a great and easy way to do that.

“Since the service began in 2011, over 1,800 tonnes of green waste has been diverted from landfill – that’s the equivalent of about five cars.

“These figures really highlight how every bin counts and shows what we can achieve when we work together toward a common goal.”

To celebrate this milestone, Council presented Brian and Maryon Butler, the lucky 1,000th residents, with a green gardening pack.

Brian and Maryon said they had always been passionate about sustainability.

“We’ve always been big on saving water and making sure we recycle whatever we can,” Mr and Mrs Butler said.

“And now getting a green waste bin is just another way we can make a difference and stop this reusable material going to the tip.”

The optional green waste service collects grass clippings, garden prunings, weeds, leaves, flowers and small branches. Households who choose the service receive an additional bin (with a green lid) to be put out fortnightly, at an annual cost of $100.

The green waste collected is turned into garden mulch at the Swan Hill landfill and is available to residents for self-load collection free of charge.

For more information on Council’s green waste kerbside collection, contact Council’s Project Officer Kimmly Johnson on 5036 2401.