Council will provide a bulky waste clean-up collection service, commencing in January 2022. The bulky waste kerbside collection replaces Council’s current bi-annual pre-paid collection service and will be limited to a maximum of 2 cubic metres or not more than 1 metre tall or 2 metres in length. All items left for disposal must be able to be lifted by a maximum of two people.
The introduction of the annual bulky waste collection service follows recommendations from Council's Interim Administrator and is available to residents who currently have an existing garbage collection service from Council.
The cost of the new bulky waste collection service will be absorbed by Council for the first two years of operation. Collections will then be increased to a bi-annual service after July 2024 and an annual levy applied to eligible ratepayers thereafter.
Residents will not be required to pre-book the service and will be notified by letterbox drop a fortnight prior to the commencement of the pick-up in their area.
Consider other ways to re-use your unwanted items. If your items are still in good condition and still working, try to find a new home for them first. Re-using, repairing and donating helps reduce waste sent to landfill and supports re-use of resources.
There are a number of platforms that can be used to sell second hand products or donate to someone who needs it. Try advertising through Facebook Marketplace, gumtree, eBay or Freecycle.
There are a number of local organisations that take a range of products from large furniture to textiles and clothing, including;
- Anglicare Op Shop, Bowral
- Cool Room Emporium, Robertson
- R & R Recycled and Retro, Bundanoon
- Salvation Army Op Shop, Bowral
- Save the Children Op Shop, Bowral
- Southern Highlands Community Hospice Furniture Shop, Mittagong
- Timeless: Southern Highlands Community Hospice Fashion and Furniture, Bowral
- Vinnies, Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong
Think re-use, repair and donate first!
Check out our video from Council’s Waste Education Officer about how you can think re-use, repair and donate first!:
The Bulky Waste Collection service is available to all current domestic Council waste service users and dates for 2023 will be made available shortly.
Each collection is limited to 2 cubic metre per household.
Please place all your items out on the kerbside in front of your property the night before (Sunday) your collection commences in your area in a neat pile.
The following items CAN be put out for collection:
- Household furniture - broken or unwanted items that can be lifted by two people
- Household goods and loose items - toys, cutlery and crockery, clothing, bikes and kitchen appliances
- Metals and white goods (excluding refrigerators)
- Small hot water systems (excludes large hot water systems). The Wingecarribee Shire Council Waste Hotline (1300 133 969) must be contacted prior to a bulky waste clean-up service to ensure eligibility for hot water systems.
The below items CANNOT be collected and WILL NOT be picked up if presented at the kerbside as part of the collection:
- Asbestos or items contaminated with asbestos;
- Car tyres and batteries, vehicle engines or parts;
- Chemicals and household hazardous wastes such as oils, paint, gas bottles, pesticides, herbicides, house or pool chemicals, fire extinguishers and poisons;
- Demolition waste including fibro, roofing iron, concrete, bricks, builder’s rubble, fencing wire;
- Electronic waste such as televisions, computers and phones;
- General, food or green waste such as food scraps, household waste, general recycling, compost, garden clippings, and tree branches;
- Glass and mirrors;
- Oil heaters;
- Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners
Many of the excluded items can be dropped off the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre either free of charge or for a fee.
Check out the video below on what items are accepted and how you should place your items out for collection.
- Please place all your items out on the kerbside in front of your property the night before (Sunday) your collection commences in your area in a neat pile.
- Secure loose items to avoid being blown around
- Place all your metal items together on the side of the pile so it can be easily accessed for recycling
- If possible avoid placing waste on top of mattresses
- Avoid blocking driveways, letterboxes and footpaths
- Ensure items are away from any overhead obstructions like low power lines and trees
- Do not stack your collection pile above 1 metre high. This will help to avoid items falling onto the road or footpath
- If other residents in your street are participating please keep your piles separate. The pile will be removed during the week of collection in your area.
How do I put my bulky waste items on the kerbside?
Please follow the below instructions when placing items on the kerbside;
- Collections are limited to 2 cubic metres.
- Collections should be no more than 1 metre tall, 1 metre wide and 2 metres in length, approximately the same as a 7ft x 4ft box trailer
- All items left for collection must be able to be handled by a maximum of two people
- Larger piles will not be collected and may be treated as illegal dumping
What happens to bulky waste after it is collected?
Reducing waste and recycling is an important step in waste management, that’s why we try to recycle as much as we can.
The following items will be recycled that are collected through the bulky waste collection:
- Metals will be collected separately and recycled through scrap metal
- Mattresses will be separated and recycled through Soft Landings
All other bulky household items will go to landfill.
What if I put my pile out late?
- Please place all your items out on the kerbside in front of your property the night before (Sunday) your collection commences in your area
- Items that are put out late will not be collected
Not all my items place out for the bulky waste collection were collected. Why?
Some items are not suitable for the bulky waste collection service and will not be picked up by Council’s contractors. Please review the accepted items page for more information.
My Bulky Waste Kerbside Collection has not be collected. Why?
There are a few reasons why we may not have removed your bulky waste kerbside collection;
- When we visited your property, no items were placed out for collection. Remember to always place your bulky kerbside items out for collection the evening before your collection commences in your area as the service may begin early. While most collections are not removed until 7:00am, some may be done earlier to avoid creating road congestion at peak hours
- Vehicles or other obstructions prevented our drivers from collecting the materials
- We could not find your address.
- The items were presented in a way that made it difficult for our drivers to remove it. Please review the guidelines page for information on how your bulk kerbside collection should be presented
- Your items were located on private property and not on the kerbside. Our drivers will not enter your property to collect the waste
- We may have missed your collection. To report a missed service, contact Customer Service on 4868 0888
How Do I Book My Collection?
You will not be required to pre-book the collection service.
How Do I Pay For The Collection?
The cost of the bulky waste collection service will be absorbed by Council for the first two years of operation.
Collections will then be increased to a bi-annual service after July 2024 and an annual levy applied to eligible ratepayers thereafter.
If you see large illegally dumped items, the best thing you can do is report this through the EPA's RID ONLINE tool.
When you report illegal dumping, you help the EPA and local council:
- Protect human health and the environment
- Detect and penalise dumpers
- Find and clean up dumped waste
- Identify dumping hot spots so we can develop strategies to prevent this behaviour in future in your local area.
To find out how you can become an ongoing part of Council's citizen environmental programs, visit Get Involved.