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.

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, and eWaste which includes items like computers, TVs, stereos, and mobile phones. 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

2019 collections will take place on the following dates:

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 region - from Monday 29 April - Friday 14 June

Download the 2019 brochure here(PDF, 609KB)

Zone 1 - 29/04/2019 to 07/05/2019

  • All of Forster

Zone 2 - 08/05/2019 to 14/05/2019

  • All of Tuncurry and Failford to the Pacific Highway and the boundary with the former Manning region.

Zone 3 - 15/05/2019 to 22/05/2019

  • Green Point, Pacific Palms, Coomba Park and Smiths Lake including all households in this area receiving waste services on Tuesdays each week.

Zone 4 - 23/05/2019 to 30/05/2019

  • Nabiac, Bunyah (Great Lakes region only), Wootton, Seal Rocks, Bungwahl and all households in this area with Wednesday waste services. Also Bulahdelah and all households in this area receiving a Monday waste service.

Zone 5 - 31/05/2019 to 06/06/2019

  • Nerong to North of the bridge into Karuah, Pindimar, North Arm Cove, Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest including all households in this area receiving waste services Monday to Thursday.

Zone 6 - 07/06/2019 to 14/06/2019 

  • The Bucketts Way, Booral Rd, Stroud and Wards River including all households in this area with Friday waste services

Manning region - from Monday 24 June -Friday 9 August

Download the 2019 brochure here(PDF, 629KB)

Zone 1 - 24/06/2019 to 01/07/2019

  • Hallidays Point, Diamond Beach, Black Head, Red Head, The Lakes Way to Pacific Hwy inc. Rainbow Flat, Chelmsbrook Est, Koorainghat, Half Chain Rd (Southern side of creek to Godfrey Hill Rd), Possum Brush, Nabiac, Wang Wauk, Bunyah, Dyers Crossing, Bucketts Way (from Tinonee Cemetery to former GTCC boundary at Belbora).

Zone 2 - 02/07/2019 to 08/07/2019

  • Old Bar, Wallabi Point, Bohnock, Oxley and Mitchells Island, Manning Point, Glenthorne, Pampoolah, Half Chain Rd (Northern side of creek to Old Bar Rd), Purfleet, Forest Downs Est, Tinonee, Tinonee Rd to Bight Bridge, Mondrook, Bootawa, Bull Hill Rd, Killawarra, Kimbriki, Gloucester Rd, Burrell Creek, Dollys Flat, Karaak Flat, Mt George area up Nowendoc Rd to Rocks Crossing Reserve and side roads.

Zone 3 - 09/07/2019 to 16/07/2019

  • Harrington, Crowdy Head, Johns River, Hannam Vale, Waitui, Moorland, Coopernook, Moto, Croki, Jones Island, Langley Vale, Lansdowne,  Upper Lansdowne, Yarratt Rd, Lansdowne Rd including Melinga, Oakvale Rd, Clovernook Est, Kundle Kundle and Brimbin Rd to Taree Airport. 

Zone 4 - 17/07/2019 to 23/07/2019

  • All of Cundletown Village, Dumaresq Island, Chatham (eastern side of railway line between racecourse and Browns Creek underpass and from the underpass to Crescent Ave).

Zone 5 - 24/07/2019 to 01/08/2019

  • Taree North to Wingham Rd (western side of railway line between the Racecourse and Browns Creek underpass and from the underpass to Victoria Street), Taree, Taree Estate, Taree West, Wingham Rd to Bushland Dr and Bushland Estate.

Zone 6 - 02/08/2019 to 09/08/2019 

  • Kolodong District, Wingham Rd from Bushland Dr to Wingham, Woola Rd, Cedar Party Rd full length and estates, Youngs Rd,  Wingham township, Comboyne Rd to Killabakh, Strathcedar, Mooral Creek, Bulga Rd from Wingham to Bobin, Marlee, Wherrol Flat,  Caparra and Elands.

Gloucester region - from Monday 19 August - Friday 30 August

Download the 2019 brochure here(PDF, 516KB)  

There is no zone by zone scheduling for the Gloucester region. The entire area will be covered during this period.

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 and eWaste (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)
e-Waste such as computers, TVs, VCRs, stereos, copiers, faxes and mobile phones 

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. 

Wire-spring mattresses and bed bases (however, 2 wire spring mattresses or 1 mattress and bed base - per household - can be dropped off for free at your nearest Waste Management Centre during the clean-up period in your region)
Oil heaters
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
Glass, 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.

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.