Crews will hit the streets Monday for day one of City of Darwin’s annual Pre-Cyclone Clean-Up.
On Monday more than 70 City of Darwin staff and contractors began the mammoth task of collecting hundreds of tonnes of discarded items as part of Council’s preparations for the cyclone season.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said last year’s clean-up saw more than 600 tonnes of waste collected from verges around the city.
“Much of this material has the potential to become a hazard during a cyclone. So, right now people need to be thinking about what they want to get rid of before the cyclone season arrives,” Mr Vatskalis said.
The clean-up collection convoy began operating in Zone 1 from Monday and will start work in Zone 2 from 26 September.
As well as improving community safety, Mr Vatskalis said the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up helped City of Darwin divert tonnes of material from landfill at the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility.
“Last year we diverted 37 per cent of all material collected from land-fill. That was everything from general waste and scrap metal to whitegoods, e-waste, and cardboard, which is a big win for the environment,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“People should always place recyclables like cardboard in their yellow-topped bins and consider composting food waste at home.”
For more information, including items that will and won’t be collected, collection dates and zone boundaries, head to the City of Darwin | Pre Cyclone Clean Up web page.