Garden bin competition closing soon
  • Tuesday 27 October 2015
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"Green thumb" Sunshine Coast residents have only four more days to be part of our garden waste bin competition to celebrate the start of the warmer months.

The Coast’s lawns and gardens have started to burst into life with the arrival of the growing season and to help our residents responsibly dispose of unwanted green waste, council offers a garden bin service that is an easy, convenient and affordable way to dispose of lawn clippings, prunings, leaves, palm fronds and small branches.

Residents who sign up for a Council garden waste bin service between September 15 and October 31 will automatically be entered into a special draw with five lucky residents to win a $200 nursery voucher and a gardening book.

Winners will be announced in the first week of November.

Environment and Community Programs portfolio holder and Council’s waste working group chair Cr Jenny McKay said “now was the ideal time to think about getting out into the garden”.

“Add this to your spring gardening to do list – sign up for a garden waste bin,” Cr McKay said.

“If you’re serious about your lawn and garden, you’ll know how much busier you are from now through to autumn.

“Getting a garden waste bin will definitely make your gardening life easier.

“Our garden waste bins can be used to dispose of lawn clippings, leaves and twigs, small branches and garden prunings.

“We encourage more people to take advantage of the garden waste bin service which costs less than the price of a cup of coffee per week, about $60 per year.

“Once the bin is collected by our trucks, the garden waste is taken to Council’s Resource Recovery Facility where it is mulched ready for reuse - a real bonus for our environment and sustainable living.

“It saves on landfill space and creates a reusable product which benefits the public and environment.

“There’s also the convenience of having your garden cuttings collected from home every fortnightly instead of making trips to the tip.

“Garden waste bins are serviced on the same day as your general waste bin – on the alternate week to recycling bins.”

Items not suitable for garden waste bin include general household waste, plastic bags, logs, bricks rocks and rubble, dirt and other garden accessories or other recyclables.

Placing non-garden waste items into a garden waste bin can contaminate an entire truck load. Contaminated loads are sent directly to landfill, taking up unnecessary vital space.

Contact Council to order your garden waste bin and enter the draw – call 5475 7272 or go to www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

You can also find your collection day by visiting Council’s website.