Mulch ado in Orange

WITH a mobile shredding service in place to recycle pallets and logs, Orange councillor Neil Jones has encouraged residents to start mulching.
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WITH a mobile shredding service in place to recycle pallets and logs, Orange councillor Neil Jones has encouraged residents to start mulching.

Councillors awarded a $70,000 contract to Sydney-based Davis Earthmoving and Quarrying, which will provide shredding equipment across 17 council areas in the Netwaste group.

In Orange, the contractor will process the timber and garden waste residents and businesses dispose of at the Ophir Road facility.

Pallets and logs will be shredded into wood chip mulch, which the council will use as part of its street trees program or sell.

The garden waste will be shredded and added to JR Richards and Sons’ compost production.

Councillor Neil Jones said the service had been offered for several years and new contract allowed it to continue.

“It’s good for our environment that resources such as timber and garden waste can be kept out of landfill and turned into valuable material – it’s a significant diversion,” he said.

“It’s very important coming into the summer season to mulch because it represents significant water savings – mulch keeps the ground cool and evaporation down, which is great.”

Of the contract, Orange City Council will cover $20,000 of the contract for timber waste, while JR Richards will cover $50,000 for garden waste.

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