RESIDENTS have been urged to take advantage of the chance to dump rubbish for free on November 15 and 16.
Fraser Coast Councillor Rolf Light said landfill and transfer sites would open free of charge for two days to help people clean up their yards and prepare for the upcoming summer storm season.
He said residents could take up to two cubic metres (in one load of household or residential rubbish) to any landfill site or transfer station for free.
"It is a job many people postpone until it is too late," Cr Light said.
"There are many simple things that we can do such as prune trees and clean up any rubbish and loose items that could do some damage if they were picked up by the wind in a storm."
There are some rules to follow when dumping rubbish:
- Vegetation must have no other rubbish mixed in. Tree trunks and limbs are to be no more than 1.2m long and under 400mm in diameter
- Residents should drop recyclable goods at the appropriate area
- Car bodies and engine parts can be left at the Fraser Coast Recycling Centre, Nikenbah or Maryborough Landfill at any time at no charge
- Fridges, freezers and air conditioners can be dumped free of charge for the weekend of November 15 and 16 only. Standard disposal fees for these items apply at all other times
Councillor Light said standard fees would apply for the following items:
- Building site waste, tyres, rocks, concrete, bricks, tree stumps, hazardous wastes, chemicals
- Trucks, vehicles or trailers with more than two cubic metres of waste material for disposal
"We had a very good response to free dump days last year and I urge all Fraser Coast residents to take advantage," he said.
For more information on the council's waste facilities including opening hours, go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/waste-facilities-hours.
Tips on how to prepare for storms and cyclones can be viewed or downloaded from the Emergency Management page on the council's website www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-management or from the Get Ready Queensland page on the State Government's Emergency Management website www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready .
The pages also provide helpful hints on how to prepare for natural disasters and links to emergency services and the SES.
Residents can also follow emergency updates and information on Council's Facebook page www.facebook.com/FCRCdisaster.
"By becoming a follower on Facebook you will receive information and warnings in the lead-up and during an emergency," Cr Light said.