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Waste Changes due to Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer Quarantine Area

The Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) has declared a Quarantine Area (QA) for the City of Melville to contain the spread of the Polyphagous shot-hole borer (PSHB) beetle which has been detected in a property in East Fremantle.

Quarantine Area (covering entire City of Melville)

Waste Changes

At this point, there are no changes to your bin and verge collections.

Residents can dispose of woody plant material (PSHB plants and materials) through their weekly collected lime green-lidded FOGO bin and their garden organics verge collections. This material will go through a commercial composting system which will kill the PSHB beetle.

Movement Restrictions

  • All wood greater than 2.5cm and plants with woody stems greater than 2cm can only be moved out of the QA under a permit issued by DPIRD
  • Wood that has been chipped into pieces that are less than 2.5 centimetres diameter in size can be moved out of the QA
  • Movement of woody plant material within the QA is permitted
  • Any gardening machinery or equipment used for tree lopping, gardening, mulching, wood chipping or handling green waste must not be moved outside of the QA unless it has been cleaned of all green waste material

Reporting Suspected Borer Activity

We strongly encourage residents to check trees and all other woody plant material on their property and report any signs of borer damage and suspected infections to DPIRD to help stop the spread of the beetle.

More Information About the Borer and Quarantine Area

For more information, including a map of the QA, list of host trees, how to identify borer activity and how to apply for a permit, see the DPIRD website.

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