2021 - kerbside collection

The bulky waste kerbside collection will take place in 2021, pending any restrictions that may be announced by NSW Health regarding COVID-19. It's a great opportunity to dispose of those bulky, unwanted items without even leaving home.

To make the most of Bulky Waste and avoid being fined, take some time beforehand to understand what items will be accepted (and what won't), how it should be presented for collection, and when to place it out.

The collection covers two types of waste, to be presented neatly in two separate piles

  • 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.

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

It does not replace or void the free waste disposal vouchers distributed in November 2020 - these vouchers were provided in place of the 2020 bulky waste collection (which was cancelled due to COVID-19) and remain valid for use until 30 June 2021.

Click on the headings below to find out more about the 2021 collection, including the dates scheduled for your neighbourhood.

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.


When to place your waste out

Check below to find out when you can place your waste out on the kerb, no earlier or you may be fined. 

Collections will take place across the region between February and June 2021

  • Manning region (former Greater Taree City Council area) - COMPLETE
  • Gloucester region (former Gloucester Shire Council) - mid- to end-April. Scroll below for dates and to download the brochure
  • Great Lakes region (former Great Lakes Council area) - May - June. Scroll below for dates and to download the brochure

***  To find out which region you are located in, check the former regions map here.

Manning region Collection is now complete (you can still download the brochure for reference here(PDF, 1MB))

Gloucester region Collection is now complete (you can still download the brochure for reference here.(PDF, 760KB)

Great Lakes region   Check for your zone below or download the brochure here(PDF, 760KB)

Zone 1: Place waste out Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 May, for collection 3 - 11 May
All of Forster

Zone 2: Place waste out Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 May, for collection 12 - 18 May
All of Tuncurry and Failford to the Pacific Highway and the boundary with the former Manning region

Zone 3: Place waste out Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 May, for collection 19 - 26 May
Green Point, Pacific Palms, Coomba Park and Smiths Lake including all households in this area receiving waste services on Tuesdays each week

Zone 4: Place waste out Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 May, for collection 27 May - 3 June
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: Place waste out Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 June, for collection 4 - 10 June
Nerong to North of the bridge into Karuah, Pindimar, Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest including all households in this area receiving waste services Monday to Thursday.

Zone 6: Place waste out Wednesday 9 - Thursday 10 June, for collection 11 - 18 June
The Bucketts Way, Booral Road, Stroud and Wards River including all households in this area with Friday waste services.

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? Your total load (ie both 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 on the dates specified for your zone, 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. And don't leave items out after the collection has finished in your zone - our contractor has the right to reject any material they consider unacceptable, and it is your responsibility to remove them 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 our Customer Service Team on 1300 290 763

Items that will be collected

Remember - your total pile must be no larger than 2 cubic metres, and presented neatly on the kerb separated as follows:

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

  • Fridges* and washing machines*
  • Microwaves*
  • Metal push lawn mowers and wheelbarrows
  • Empty paint tins (lids removed)
  • Stoves
  • Clothes dryers*
  • Barbecues
  • Pushbikes
  • 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)

  • Eskies
  • Furniture / chairs
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Lounges (that comply with size limit)
  • Floor coverings
  • Vacuum cleaners and small appliances
  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Tables Foam mattresses (no springs)
  • e-Waste such as computers, TVs, VCRs, stereos, copiers, faxes and mobile phones

Items that will not be collected

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 wire

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

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.