Gold Coast Green Waste Pickup – ex-tropical cyclone Oswald

Oswald Green Waste PickupA one off kerbside collection of green waste only will be conducted across the Gold Coast starting Monday (4/2/13) following the impact of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald at the weekend.

Mayor Tom Tate said the removal of green waste resulting from the storm was a priority and collection would help towards getting the city ‘back to normal’ as quickly as practicable.

“Residents who do not have the space in their domestic bins for the green waste that is the result of the wild weather over the weekend, can take the opportunity to use this service,” he said.

“It’s important for life to get back to normal as soon as possible. Removing this green waste is also important for the safety of residents and visitors.

“Mother nature is unpredictable and it is difficult to budget for this, but it is imperative that Council finds the money to get the Gold Coast back to its best as soon as possible.

“The one-off pick up will commence on Monday simultaneously at numerous locations across the city. We estimate it will take two weeks to complete.

”It should be emphasised that this collection is a one-off service. If the waste is not out by Monday (4/2/13) and misses the collection, we will be unable to return to pick it up. This will enable the coming weekend to be put to good use in your cleanup.”

Green waste for pick up should:

  • be placed on the verge in the front of properties, ensuring footpaths are not blocked to pedestrians
  • be limited to the size a single person can comfortably handle
  • include only small branches, twigs (no grass clippings or leaves)
  • be placed in bundles for easy pick up (not to be placed in boxes or plastic bags)
  • not include any other types of waste

Council resolved yesterday to waive fees for disposal of green waste resulting from clean-ups of Gold Coast residential properties impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Mayor Tate said Commercial operators delivering storm debris (green waste) from domestic properties within the Gold Coast will get free disposal until Friday 15 February.

This is available only at the:

  • Suntown
  • Tugun
  • Molendinar
  • Stapylton
  • Reedy Creek

Oversized green waste loads delivered by residents will be accepted free of charge at Council landfills. They will not accepted at transfer stations or at the Reedy Creek landfill)

“There are long queues at most Council waste facilities and disposal capacity is under pressure. If disposal is not urgent, we request residents wait to dispose of waste over the next few days,” he said.

“To reduce the potential for delays, residents who are only disposing green waste are requested to utilise Councils landfills at Tugun, Molendinar, Suntown and Stapylton.”

Domestic putrescible waste (food waste from power outages) can be taken to Mudgeeraba, Tallebudgera, Miami, Merrimac and Molendinar Waste and Recycling Centres. Only small volumes per vehicle are being accepted, although larger volumes will be accepted at Maudsland and Helensvale.

“While Merrimac Waste and Recycling Centre is now open, Mudgeeraba Waste and Recycling Centre is facing frequent short-term closures due to high demand. When this occurs, we ask residents to please go to other nearby facilities or delay the trip if possible,” he said.

Disposal is as per normal for commercial contractors dealing with general and other wastes.

“Again, I urge residents to continue to be patient as we continue to work towards getting our city back to normal. Any bins not collected today from residential properties should be left out for collection tomorrow.”

Call 5581 6799 if your bin has been damaged or lost, to arrange new bin.

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