Bulky Waste clean-up
The bulky waste clean up will be back again this year. It's a great opportunity to dispose of those bulky, unwanted items without even leaving home.
The service is available to all MidCoast Council residents who currently receive a domestic waste and recycling collection service.
Make time before the clean up in your area to familiarise yourself with what items will be accepted (and what won't), and how it should be presented for collection. You can find this information in the sections below.
The collection will again cover two types of waste:
- Scrap metal like old pushbikes, empty paint tins (lids removed), and whitegoods (doors removed) presented in one pile. 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 if an item can be re-used by someone else, try finding it a new home instead.
Click on the headings below to find out more about what items will be accepted, and what items won't.
If you're unsure or need more information about the items you're thinking about placing out for collection, please call our Customer Service Team on 1300 290 763.
2020 collections will take place on the following dates:
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
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)
Hot water systems (less than 260 litres)
* 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)
Pottery and ceramics
Foam mattresses (no springs)
e-Waste such as computers, TVs, VCRs, stereos, copiers, faxes and mobile phones
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)
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
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.