No fees for storm damage debris disposal

Geelong council is making it easier for residents to dispose of green waste debris caused by the brief but damaging storm that hit Geelong last week.

Until Thursday, February 29 the Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre is accepting green waste limited to trees, branches and leaves from residents in cars, utes and trailers for no charge.

The centre is also accepting storm-damaged items for free after the state government’s decision to waive the waste levy in the aftermath of the storm last Tuesday (February 13), during which wind gusts of up to 122km/h were reported.

During the storm Corio SES received 140 calls for help, including 85 jobs related to trees or branches on roads or otherwise presenting hazards.

People wanting to avoid the usual fees must show a Greater Geelong address on their identification, with council warning material placed on nature strips would not be collected by the City.

Executive Director City Infrastructure James Stirton said parts of the region, especially Lara, had been hit hard by the significant weather event.

“The community has been working hard to clean up from the damage caused by severe wind and rain that battered the township on Tuesday,” James said.

“To assist residents, the Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre is accepting green waste debris from car, ute and trailer loads for free.

“We thank residents for their efforts and support of each other during this challenging time.”

The Geelong Resource Recovery Centre located on Douro Street, North Geelong is currently undertaking renovations and is unable to accept green waste.