Bulky Waste clean-up

It’s that time again when the team at MidCoast Council provides residents with a scrap metal and bulky waste clean up... an opportunity to dispose of those bulky, unwanted items without even leaving home.

This service is available to all MidCoast Council residents who currently receive a domestic waste and recycling collection service.

The service will be offered in Gloucester for the first time this year. If you're in the Gloucester region, please be patient as your collection is scheduled for August. Make time before then to familiarise yourself with our guidelines for preparing your waste for collection, and also with what items will be accepted. You can find this information in the sections below.

Two types of waste will be accepted, and should be presented for collection in two separate piles:

  • One pile is for scrap metal like old pushbikes, empty paint tins (lids removed), and whitegoods (doors removed). All scrap metal collected will be recycled.
  • A separate pile is for general bulky waste like broken furniture, small appliances and bric-a-brac. Everything you place out for collection in your general waste pile will be sent to landfill, so please consider what you're putting out. If any item is in working order and can be re-used by someone else, try finding it a new home instead. Offer it to a friend or neighbour, or try selling it or giving it away online through sites like Gumtree or Buy Swap 'n Sell.

Click on the headings below to find out more about what items will be accepted, and what items won't, as well as pick-up dates specific to your zone.

If you're unsure or need more information about the items you're thinking about placing out for collection, please call the Midcoast Waste Customer Service Team on 1300 290 763.

Collection dates

Collections will take place on the following dates:

  • Great Lakes region - from Monday 30 April - 8 June
  • Manning region - from Monday 18 June - 27 July
  • Gloucester region - from Monday 6 August - 17 August

Each region is split into pick-up zones, so please check the schedule to find out when we'll be in your zone, and when to place your waste piles on the kerbside for collection. Please do not place your waste out earlier than indicated on the schedule, as this is classed as illegal dumping and you could be fined.

Great Lakes residents:

View the schedule by pick-up zone(PDF, 255KB), including when to place your waste out for collection

Download the brochure(PDF, 1MB), which includes guidelines for preparing your waste for collection, and what items will be accepted

Manning residents:

View the schedule by pick-up zone(PDF, 128KB), including when to place your waste out for collection

Download the brochure(PDF, 1MB), which includes guidelines for preparing your waste for collection, and what items will be accepted

Gloucester residents:

Collections will take place Monday 6 August - 17 August. We will upload full details and a brochure here shortly.

Guidelines for preparing your waste

Before you start putting items out for collection, please note the following:

Can it be re-used?
All general waste we collect during the clean-up is buried in our landfills so if anything is suitable for re-use please try to find it a new home. Think about your neighbours and friends, or try an online service such as Gumtree or Buy Swap and Sell.

Is it sorted?
Your waste must be separated into two separate piles - one for scrap metal and whitegoods, and one for general waste

Will it fit into a trailer?
Each of your two piles must fit into a standard (7’x4’) level box trailer (2 cubic metres)... if not, it won’t be picked up

Is it manageable?
Individual items must not exceed 30kg

Is it secure?
To avoid windblown littering, loose items must be tied securely into bundles with rope or string (not wire), or  contained in sturdy boxes (no plastic bags)

Is it in the way?
Your waste must be placed neatly on the kerb or roadside where your bins are normally collected, and should not obstruct the footpath or roadway

Is it on time?
Make sure your waste is out two days prior to your zone’s scheduled pick-up, as our trucks will not return at a later date to collect it - refer to the schedule to determine when yours should go out

Is it illegal?
Don’t put your waste out earlier than shown on the schedule – this will be considered illegal dumping and you could be fined
Our contractor has the right to reject any material they consider unacceptable – anything left outside your property after the  collection finishes in your zone is your responsibility to remove within 24 hours (penalties apply)

What is accepted?
See following for an outline of what will be  accepted and what will not. Contractors will not sort through  your piles, so one unacceptable item may mean your entire pile is not collected.

Need more info?
Call the Midcoast Waste Customer Service Team on 1300 290 763

Acceptable items

Remember - each pile must be no larger than 2 cubic metres

Scrap metal and white goods (all metal items will be recycled):

Fridges* and washing machines*
Metal push lawn mowers & wheelbarrows
Empty paint tins (lids removed)
Clothes dryers*
Hot water systems (less than 260 litres)
Metal furniture

* Doors must be removed from household appliances and whitegoods, and individual items must not exceed 30kg in weight

General bulky waste (all general bulky waste will be landfilled, so please try rehoming any re-usable items instead)

Furniture / chairs
Lounges (that comply with size limit)
Floor coverings
Vacuum cleaners
Pottery and ceramics
Small appliances
Foam mattresses (no springs)

Unacceptable items

Please do not place any of the following items out with your piles of waste for collection - one unacceptable item in your pile may mean the entire pile is rejected. 

e-Waste such as computers, TV’s, VCRs, stereos, copiers, faxes and mobile phones
Wire-spring mattresses and bed bases
Commercial, trade, industrial or shop waste, eg. plumbing fixtures, water tanks and tiling
Tyres, wrecked motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts and engines
Building and demolition materials, concrete, bricks and panes of glass
Household hazardous waste, eg. paint, spray paint, asbestos, solvents, chemicals, cleaners and unwanted medicines
Lengths of material longer than 1.8m (excluding lounges etc)
Small machinery containing fuel or oil
Liquids of any sort including fuel and oil
Batteries and gas bottles
Recyclables collected in the yellow lidded bin, household garbage, and food scraps
Garden organics, timber, grass clippings, soil and stones
Treated timber, tree stumps and heavy branches
Hot water systems larger than 260 litres
Oil heaters
Glass including glass table tops and windows or sliding doors that contain glass
Fencing in large quantities and wire that is not rolled and tied securely

Please note - Waste items that are not accepted in the bulky waste clean-up can be disposed of at your local waste management facility.

Wire-spring mattresses and bed bases can be dropped off for free - for Great Lakes residents at the Tuncurry, Tea Gardens, Stroud and Bulahdelah waste facilities between 30 April and 8 June 2018; for Manning residents at the Buckett's Way Waste Management facility between 18 June and 27 July 2018; for Gloucester residents at the Gloucester Landfill between 6 and 17 August 2018.
A maximum of two mattresses or one mattress and one base per household applies.

Free all year round:
Household quantities of paint, oil, gas bottles, batteries, smoke detectors, fluoro globes, electronic waste and fire extinguishers can be disposed of for free at your local CRC at any time.

Check here to find your closest waste management facility and its hours of operation.