4. Why we’re stopping using glyphosate
Glyphosate is a herbicide, which means it’s poisonous to plants and is used to kill weeds. It’s commonly known by the brand name Roundup and has been used to control unwanted plants by councils, farmers and home gardeners for several decades.
We recognise that residents have concerns about the spraying of glyphosate, and its use runs counter to our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. There are other ways of controlling weeds that don’t rely on chemicals, so we feel that stopping the use of glyphosate is the responsible thing to do.
From October 2021 a new waste contract will commence with resource to carry out year-round chemical-free manual weed control. Before then we are reducing the number of sprays from three to two per year and inviting residents to participate in the weeding scheme.