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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Get out your junk...

Get your junk out for hard waste collection

Eurobodalla Council kicks off its annual household hard waste collection this month, giving residents the chance to get rid of unwanted items too bulky for the household bin.

The kerbside collection starts in the shire’s south around Tilba on Monday 18 July and moves progressively north each week, finishing at South Durras towards the end of September.

Council’s manager of waste services Nathan Ladmore said the service was provided to households receiving the domestic waste collection service to help them get rid of bulky items like fridges, microwaves, rolls of carpet, garden tools and furniture.

“With a maximum limit of two cubic metres, you’ll be able to get rid of a fair bit of junk,” Mr Ladmore said.

“Three separate collection vehicles will visit each street. One truck will collect metal to be taken to the waste management facilities for recycling, another will collect items such as fridges, freezers and air conditioning units so they can be degassed before recycling. All other items will be collected by a third truck.”

Mr Ladmore said residents could help by making three piles on the kerb: air conditioners and fridges and freezers with the doors removed, other metal items like mowers, and a third pile for junk items like furniture.

“We prefer it when people put their waste out just before their area’s collection date rather than weeks in advance. It keeps everyone safe and our neighbourhoods a little tidier,” he said.

Junk that won’t be collected includes televisions and computer products such as monitors and printers. These can be taken to Council’s waste management facilities free of charge all year round.

Other bulky items like mattresses, tyres, motor vehicle parts and vegetation, as well as building materials won’t be collected and should be taken to a waste facility. The fees to dump these items cover Council’s costs to recycle them.

Chemicals and hazardous material such as paint, petrol and oil will not be collected and residents are encouraged to drop these off for free at Council’s Household Chemical Cleanout collections later in the year or at the Community Recycling Centre at Surf Beach Waste Management Facility.

For detailed information about what can and cannot be picked up, and the collection dates for your area visit the hard waste collection page on Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au/waste or call the waste hotline on 4474 1024.

Items collected

  • white goods, fridges

  • microwaves

  • mowers

  • garden tools

  • hot water systems

  • heaters

  • non-electronic electrical items (jugs, hair dryer, corded power tools)

  • furniture

  • toys

  • metal fencing (max 1.2m x 1.5m)

  • gutters (max 1.5m long)

  • carpet rolls (max 1.5m wide)

  • other household items too large for your garbage bin

Items not collected

  • mattresses

  • vegetation

  • motor vehicle parts, tyres

  • building materials or renovation waste (soil, bricks, rubble, stones, steel)

  • glass

  • liquids (paints, petrol, oil)

  • hazardous materials

  • e-waste (TVs, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, stereos, DVD & video players, laptops, gaming machines, set-top boxes, other plastic electronics with screens, circuit boards, toner cartridges or inbuilt rechargeable batteries)

  • recyclable material (paper, glass, aluminium cans, rigid plastic containers)

  • any item deemed to be a work health and safety issue


Above: Eurobodalla’s hard waste collection starts Monday 18 July in Tilba, working its way north. Find collection dates for each neighbourhood and what can and cannot be collected on the Council’s website or call the waste hotline on 4474 1024. an editor's aside: It all seemed so innocent

and Stanley stood his ground

but to all his baffled neighbours

his antics weren't so sound


"Stanley, put your trousers on"

"Have you gone and lost your mind?"

With other comments coming fast

that were really quite unkind


"Stanley's going nuts

It is plain for all to see

He has his junk on clear display

Do you think he needs a pee?"


"Mrs Brown don't stare at him

It will only raise his ire

We don't need a rampant member

added to this mire"


And there on a quiet suburban street

amid piles of household goods

his neighbours stood aghast

as Stanley scratched his wood


They asked:

"Stanley, what are you doing man?"

as he disgorged a tattered trunk

"....Council told me clearly

"Stan, Get out your junk".

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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