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.