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28-Oct-2015 09:15 AM

WPCA

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It was decided at the 2015 AGM, held in March, to use the new website to gauge interest from the community of a green waste collection service for the western shores.

Scotland Island has a twice yearly council run kerb-side only green waste collection program - max 2 cubic metres. 

Discussion at the AGM included difficulty in collection, the push by Council of free compost bins and warm–farms, pile burns and a possible chipper service by the Council. 

The WPCA committee would like to get your thoughts on the idea before pursuing further. 

Secretary, WPCA.

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17-Jan-2016 11:01 AM

DavidO

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Guys,

I don't think we should push Council for a green waste collection right now. There would be far more logistical issues on the Western Foreshores and I doubt they would think it cost-effective.

I think there are 2 solutions to be explored first:

1. More education about composting and mulching. Don't see many compost bins around at all? I also see several people in the Bays who delight in giving their backyard a sort of 'brazillian' every now and then which is a sign of lack of awareness. 

2. More sharing/co-op style system for larger tools. For example in Wirringulla several of us got together a few years ago (I think Lesley and Larry did the legwork) and between us bought a commercial-grade chipper. Works well I think - people borrow it when they need it and it travels up down the street always handy for the next person

Anyway, that's just my two bob's worth

David

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14-Mar-2016 04:42 PM

Wlaz

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I feel a large contract chipper (that will handle palm fronds and a range of material) at least twice a year and leave the chips so we can reuse in the garden would be ideal in my view - no maintenance or storage issues and there would only be one or two days of "noise" from chipping.

A purchased chipper would need to be a serious machine to make it worthwhile, these start around 3,500 K and go up from there.  - (Ryan Stidwill has some knowledge in this area.). They need maintenance, blade sharpening, etc etc. So not the best solution I feel.

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18-Mar-2016 01:03 PM

Sarah

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Having just been engulfed in choking smoke from a bonfire in Lovett Bay this morning, I am reminded to post my thoughts about green waste.  We constantly compost as much as green waste as possible and have a chipper that handles moderate sized prunings (but is noisy and takes ages). We can also burn kindling and small wood in an open fire in winter (but we know there are hazards for some residents from smoky fires). However, we have no way to manage larger branches, palm fronds etc that we can't put through the chipper. The only option seems to be an approved 'burn-off' once a year which is a very unpleasant and risky practice.

As we heard from Mark Ferguson at the AGM that the Council is currently reviewing green waste management, I think it would be great if we could propose that they send over a commercial size chipper once or twice a year that could do the rounds of the bays.

As long as we are given sufficient warning (4 weeks?) of the proposed dates, material could be left out and the resulting chips left in situ so that they can be used on gardens and rot down naturally. Such chippers seemed to have already been deployed for the clearing of the electricity lines and for some individual tree lopping jobs so we know it's possible to get them to and fro.  This seems a better option than green waste being collected and/or taken onshore/Kimbriki.

This type of chipping scheme is used by the Blue Mountains City Council.  Originally, they prescribed a set time when they were going to be doing the rounds (TWICE a year) but now it is done on request (twice a year).  Clearly the latter (request) option would not work for us -- but a set date for service twice a year would be great. 

The Council would need to provide residents with the standard advice on how to prepare the piles to ensure they are of a manageable size and content. (e.g. you cannot put root balls, weeds and grasses) and that they do not create a fire hazard. 

Am interested to hear what others think about the feasibility/desirability of this option.


 

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20-Mar-2016 05:08 PM

Wlaz

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I would welcome it.

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14-Apr-2016 12:36 PM

Penny

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There are some things (weeds spring to mind) that should not be mulched and put back on site. If any part of the Pittwater community should have a green waste pick up it is us as we have the highest fire risk. All the positive messages regarding worm farms and composting do hold true, however, the hold true for all the rate payers not just us. It is council's responsibility to worry about costs, so I believe that we should request green pick up. Once a month would probably be often enough, and it would probably not be too much work.

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14-Jun-2016 01:55 PM

Padster Mel

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A WPCA update.

Pittwater Council, now Northern Beaches Council, are considering a containerised collection from individual jetties, similar to how they do recycling and garbage collection.

They decided if they were to consider a regular vegetation collection, it has to cover the entirety of the western foreshore community, including those with limited road access and those without, not leaving anyone out from this option.

A considerable variance to the existing contract is required in order for this to happen.

The Council were hoping to launch a trial of the collection during May, all going well (although we have had no response for an update). WPCA understand approximately 50 households will be randomly selected from target areas to run the trial, and if the collection method proves successful, staff will make a business case with Council for the consideration of a contract variance.
 
No chipping service is to be included, however the above option at least allows residents to suitably remove weeds and other small green waste.

We understand some residents are considering collaborating with neighbours for their own chipping service.

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07-Jul-2016 11:08 PM

Angela Cooney

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I feel a move towards a regular green vegetation collection is a forward step. It would help prevent residents dumping unreasonable quantities of green waste into the communal bins. Or alternatively, forming piles of their garden waste outside their properties or dumping in public places - in particular Lovett Bay Beach area. Although most vegetation can be mulched (we use our shredder as much as possible) there is still a large quantity that can't be -  being either too large or possibly hazardous to the local environment, e.g. wandering dew. Living off shore means it is a costly exercise to remove large quantities of waste in a legitimate way - obviously a deterrent. Actually, just as I am writing this I'm thinking the ideal solution would be to have access to a communal chipper (a reliable, industrial one as suggested in previous posts) as well as a regular council collection for vegetation waste. Then there is absolutely no excuse for residents dumping!

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08-Jul-2016 12:33 PM

Penny

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That's great news Mel. Thanks for keeping us updated.

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09-Jul-2016 08:53 AM

Elvino

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In view of the changes to local government this might be a very good time to push for a decent community managed chipper. I support it!

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02-Sep-2016 07:37 AM

michelle

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A communal or visiting chipper would be fabulous I have piles ready to go


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02-Sep-2016 08:53 AM

John B

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A green waste system in a forest is silly.

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02-Sep-2016 09:12 AM

Wlaz

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I feel having a heavy duty chipper arranged by the council to come to the bay a couple of times a year is ideal. 

Self owned Community chippers will struggle to cope with the needs of everyone and are rarely of a size that is practical. Maintenance can also an issue.

The larger chippers will also leave the mulch in the bay to be used within the environment it came from - win win.

My preference is for a Council Run program of chipping/mulching rather than a green waste collection program. 



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