Great Lakes bulk waste collection

A scrap metal and bulky waste pick-up service, traditionally conducted in the former Great Lakes and Manning regions, will this year roll out across the entire MidCoast LGA area after being given the green light at this week’s council strategic committee meeting.

The service offers residents who receive a domestic waste and recycling service, a one-off opportunity each year to dispose of their bulkier waste items by placing them on the kerbside for collection free of charge.  

It has remained in place for Manning and Great Lakes residents since the merger, while consideration has been given to options such as including the former Gloucester region and introducing an alternative system across the region.

“For now, it’s all systems go for the 2018 bulky waste clean-up, and great news that our Gloucester residents will enjoy the service this year as well,” waste health and regulatory manager, John Cavanagh said.

“There are some changes to the previous format, and to make this year’s clean-up a success we’re encouraging everyone to do the right thing and follow the guidelines.”

As in previous years, residents are required to sort their waste items prior to placing out for collection, with scrap metal and whitegoods in one pile, and general waste in another.

“To streamline the service, Great Lakes residents should note that we won’t be picking up items for re-use this year, and anything placed out for collection in their general piles will go to landfill.

“It’s crucial that people take the time to consider whether their waste items can be re-used by someone else, and if so drop them to their local tip shop or charity store instead.”

Other common waste items that won’t be accepted in the pick-up include wire-spring mattresses, electronic waste such as TVs or computers, and glass such as glass table tops or old windows.

The service kicks off in the Great Lakes region from Monday, April 30 followed by Manning region on Monday, June 18. 

“Our contractors will then undertake the Gloucester pick-up during August, which gives locals new to the service plenty of time to prepare their bulky waste according to the guidelines.”

Collection zones in each region, and corresponding dates for placing waste on the kerbside, are currently being finalised and will be made available next week on MidCoast Council’s website and via printed brochures.

“While the decision to proceed is a little later than we’d hoped this year, our aim is to make sure everyone is aware of when we’ll be in their local area, how they should prepare their waste for collection, and what items will be accepted.”

Follow MidCoast Council’s Facebook page to stay updated, or check back on its website from next Wednesday, April 18 for full details and a schedule for the Great Lakes region.