Everyday Tips

Rubbish

overfull rubbish bins

 

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 system.


Walking

do not pick this flower

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!


Wildlife Rescue

rescued baby bird
 


What to do with injured wildlife

  • 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.
Click on the photo below for more information on what to do.

rescued lemur