Cleve and Arno Bay residents can get rid of their excess green waste for free as part of a trial that started earlier this month.
The Cleve District Council has started a green waste trial that will continue during August and September, where households have the opportunity to drop off a trailer load of green waste at either the Cleve Waste Transfer Station or the Arno Bay Refuse Depot for free on the second Sunday of each month.
The Arno Bay Progress Association wrote to the council to request a trial of three free green waste days during the winter months for the town of Arno Bay.
The council agreed to facilitate and advertise the trial, with the inclusion of the Cleve township.
Arno Bay Progress Association member Don Hauschild came up with the idea for the trial after visiting friends in Adelaide, whose local council put on a regular free green waste day for the residents.
The free days are aimed at encouraging local residents to remove excess weeds and other green waste from their properties, which will in turn reduce the fuel load in time for this year’s fire danger season.
Arno Bay Progress Association secretary Paul Atkins said the trial would help local residents be proactive about fire prevention.
“We hope that everyone could get proactive in preventing any possible bushfires, while also helping beautifying the town,” Mr Atkins said.
The first free green waste day on July 9 saw a number of trailer loads of green waste taken to the Arno Bay Refuse Depot.
“In the time I was here, a number of trailer loads came through the gates,” Mr Atkins said.
“Most of the waste being brought in has been garden clippings and trimmings from fruit trees.”
Normally it costs $5 to dump green waste at the Arno Bay Refuse Depot, which is already cheaper than in Adelaide, so the trial will also save the locals a few extra dollars, while protecting their homes.
The next two free green waste days will be on Sunday, August 13 and Sunday, September 10.