Tamworth Regional Council bulky goods collection commences

INCREDIBLE BULK: Council waste operations manager Dan Coe with two cubic metres of acceptable bulky goods waste. Photo: Jacob McArthur
INCREDIBLE BULK: Council waste operations manager Dan Coe with two cubic metres of acceptable bulky goods waste. Photo: Jacob McArthur

NOW’S the time to clean-out waste while the sun shines.

A bit of clutter might be accumulating on the kerbs in your corner of the community ahead of council’s bulky goods collection kicking-off next week.

Dan Coe, waste manager for Tamworth Regional Council, said the biannual bulk waste bounty could usually be in the order of “a couple hundred tonnes” of unwanted goods.

But the clear skies could bring a deluge of household scraps to the streets.

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“It depends on the presentation and that depends a lot on the weather,” Mr Coe said.

“If we get wet-weather it tends to be down, if we get good-weather, it tends to be up.”

Longer-term forecasts suggest a low chance of rain for the rest of June as the collections commence from next Monday.

“The first week, which starts next week, is for Kootingal, Attunga, Tamworth and Moonbi,” he said.

“The following week we move on to Barraba, Manilla and Nundle.”

The usual rules apply for the pick-up, and Mr Coe said community compliance has improved in recent years.

“People can put out up to two-cubic meters of bulky waste, so furniture items, electrical appliances, those types of things,” he said.

What an acceptable kerbside collection looks like.

What an acceptable kerbside collection looks like.

“Try to avoid glass, for safety reasons, fuels, chemicals and oils.

“All that type of thing can be disposed of at landfill, free of charge.”

There will be two acts for the kerbside collection with general waste picked-up before metal and electrical appliances.

“If people see general waste go, there’s another truck coming,” he said.

“Don’t ring up straight away, just give it a day or two.

“If it’s good weather, it’ll stay on time, if we get rain, that impacts the schedule.”

If bulky goods are no-good for the collection, the contractor will put a sticker on the items and council will follow-up with a letter.

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