How to breathe new life into your garden – for free!

It’s Autumn and time to get garden beds ready for the colder months with a layer of free, nutrient-rich mulch from Sunshine Coast Council.

Bring your trailer or ute to resource recovery centres at Beerwah, Caloundra, Buderim and Nambour to pick up your free load.

The offer is open to all residential and commercial customers.

Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said an abundance of mulch was now ready thanks to the new garden organics bin being embraced regionwide.

“Once collected, our region’s garden organics are taken to a council resource recovery centre to be processed,” Cr Suarez said.

“When you recycle your garden waste, it gets turned into mulch – creating new life from old.

“The material is ground into a mulch and placed in windrows to ‘mature’.

“Between July 2022 – when the expanded service began – to February 2023, more than 14,800 tonnes of kerbside-collected garden organics have been diverted from landfill and recycled and is now ready for collection and reuse by our community to place on their gardens.”

Cr Suarez said a process was in place to clean up garden waste loads.

“A recent campaign to educate the community on how to use the garden bin correctly, coupled with a significant decontamination effort, has produced a really usable end product.

“From garden waste to garden resource, mulch is a great way to add nutrients back into the soil while helping to stabilise it, preventing it washing away.”

Cr Suarez encouraged everyone to play their part for a cleaner, greener environment and sustainable future.

“We have a goal to be a zero net emissions organisation and low carbon region and decomposing waste is a big contributor to greenhouse gases,” she said.

“The more organic material we put into landfill, the more greenhouse gases we produce over the long term and the worse it is for the environment.

“Repurposing garden waste into mulch also helps to fuel our circular economy, where products and materials keep being reused in the market for as long as possible.

“We thank our community for playing their part for a cleaner, greener environment and sustainable future.”

Search “mulch and crushed concrete sales” on council’s website for availability before you visit.

Locations of our resource recovery centers and their opening times are also available on the site.

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