THE LARGEST amount of household waste ever collected through council's bulky goods pick-up service has been recorded.
The latest Bulky Household Waste Collection by Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) has wrapped up after a two-week run and council has confirmed a record amount of waste had been collected.
Council staff relocated 313 tonnes of general household rubbish from people's curbs, and disposed of it.
The general waste required workers to make a total of 77 loads over the campaign.
And it was one household item in particular that stood out - bed mattresses.
TRC waste projects officer Sarah Shepherd said mattresses made up 22 tonnes of the 313 tonnes of general waste collected.
That amounts to more than seven per cent of all waste.
Ms Shepherd said the mattresses left out for pick up were able to be salvaged and diverted away from landfill.
Ms Shepherd said it was a massive clean-up effort by the community over the two-week campaign.
"The collection saw the largest collection to date," she told the Leader.
The collection saw the largest collection to date, including number of properties presenting waste and tonnage collected.Sarah Shepherd, TRC
Ms Shepherd said this most recent council collection was the largest because of two key milestones - both the number of locals and households presenting waste for collection, as well as the sheer amount of tonnage trucked from Tamworth homes to either the tip or other points of disposal.
About five tonnes of the total amount collected was made up of household goods and materials that could be salvaged by the Waste No More store, an organisation run by Challenge and TRC.
The items rescued by Waste No More will be on sale at the Belmore Street shop in Taminda once it has all been sorted through.
Despite the record amounts already clocked up, TRC was still waiting on metal and e-waste figures from a local company when the Leader went to press.
Ms Shepherd previously said she expected this Bulky Household Waste Collection to be a big one because of the coronavirus lockdown causing people to do a clean-out.
The latest collection includes waste from Tamworth, Moonbi, Kootingal, Attunga, Manilla, Barraba and Nundle.