The City of Wanneroo decided at its last meeting to waive the fees for mulch at its greens recycling centre in Wangara, on production of a rates notice, from March, 2014, until February, 2015.
According to a council report, the facility received more than 8000 tonnes of green waste annually, but had accumulated an excess of about 6000 cubic metres in the past four years.
‘The mulched green waste is offered at no charge by the trailer load to ratepayers from the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup through a free voucher system,’ the report said.
‘The demand for mulch is insufficient to address the excess mulch supply.
‘The stockpile has been growing at a rate faster than residents have been taking mulch.’
The report said excess mulch posed a safety risk, with spot fires a possibility and dust blowing onto neighbouring properties, and the year-long program would be a community water-saving initiative.
‘In order to conserve water mulch is highly recommended. Applying mulch can greatly reduce evaporation loss,’ it said.
The greens recycling facility in Motivation Drive is open for mulch collection on weekends and most public holidays.