General rubbish tip reminders for cleaner safer suburbs,
creeks, rivers and the bay
- Residential rubbish placed out for collection needs to be flattened,
tied or weighted down. Overflowing rubbish bins allow bird invasion
and leaves an unsightly mess. Garbage contractors won't collect plastic
bagged garden rubbish. It must be tied, or placed in a container i.e.
old laundry basket or open garbage bin.
- Ensure all paper and cardboard recycling is tied or heavily weighted.
A paper baler can be purchased from Darebin Customer Service Centres
at Northland or at the Town Hall. Cans, plastic cartons/bottles must
be flattened with LIDS OFF. (Then they can't blow away or float).
- To prevent wildlife from dying a slow painful death from milk/orange
juice ring and rubber band strangulation or starvation please remove
them and do a single cut. Please pick up all rubber bands around neighborhood
letterboxes, take home and cut. Otherwise they end up in the stormwater
Walk carefully in the bush!
- Keep to paths to avoid trampling fragile ground plants.
- LOOK, ADMIRE BUT DON'T TOUCH!! Picking flowers removes the chance of others growing from its seed. (see photo above)
- Removing rocks disturbs habitat. Do not remove dead wood, part of the natural ecosystem. It's often a home to animals and contains nutrients that are recycled back into the environment.
TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN THE NATURAL WORLD
TO EVOLVE (3.5 BILLION YEARS) AND HOW LONG IT'S TAKEN US TO REMOVE SO
MUCH OF IT (200 YEARS).
Responsible Pet Ownership
- At night lock up your cat.
- Dogs on lead please. It is the law!
What to do with injured wildlife
Click on the photo below for more information on what to do.
- Do not handle the animal or bird more than necessary. Please remember
these are wild animals, not pets. Care must be taken when handling ill
or injured wildlife. They will be very frightened at being approached
and handled and some may defend themselves. Be very careful of being
bitten or scratched.
- Shock is the biggest killer, so warmth, darkness and quietness are
the first steps to take. A blanket can be placed over the animals from
behind, be firm and keep away from teeth and claws.
- Always wash hands thoroughly after handling as some animals can transmit
diseases to humans.