Dumping is rubbish: It takes a village to remove a mattress.

Posted on 26 November 2018

Many of us move to (or never leave) this ‘hood because it’s pretty awesome. Friendly people, great food and world famous beaches – what’s not to like? However if there was one complaint we all hear quite often, it would usually be about dumped rubbish on the kerbside and streets.

These piles of unwanted household stuff are costly to clean up, often unsafe, and a blight on our stunning natural surroundings. Items can also end up in our parks and waterways, playing havoc with wildlife (poor fish).

There are ways we can all pitch in and make it second nature to keep our streets clean. Check out our facts and tips. After all, it’s our home.

Did you know that all dumping is illegal (and is subject to fines)?

When dumping happens frequently in an area, it unfortunately sends out a message to newer residents that this sort of thing is tolerated by the community. It’s so not. Yet sadly, like attracts like, and before you know it, one lonely chair becomes a full-fledged dining room set. Over summer Council will have extra patrols to investigate and fine illegal dumpers, and you can help.

Report a dumper online.

Sharing photos, locations and information about dumping incidents on Ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au will help our investigators nab offenders. Even small leads can help crack a case and help us deal with those who either don’t know or don’t care that dumping is illegal (and ugly!).

Share it better.

Items left on the street are more likely to end up sharing space in landfill than decking out the neighbour’s living room. Getting rid of unwanted household goods is as easy as one-two-free! Facebook swap groups, Gumtree, and other free to use online marketplaces can ensure a quick and better afterlife for once treasured belongings. You can also donate good quality furnishings to the Bower Reuse & Repair Centre, or other charities. 

Book a free clean-up.

If your household goods are truly unusable or unrepairable, booking a free bulky items collection is the way to go. Households can book two free pickups a year with Waverley Council. How’s that for service? All you have to do is call Customer Service on 9083 8000, then follow their simple instructions.

Keep your street tidy.

In Japan it’s customary to take care of your street, and it’s nice to see this attitude across our community as well. Every time you pick up litter and put it in the bin, you’re helping keep our place beautiful and reducing the likelihood someone else will consider it an opportune dumping ground. Thanks for doing good for our ‘hood! Wishing you all a safe and sustainable festive season.

Reporting online helps us track and investigate illegal dumping. It’s easy using Ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au

For more information on waste and recycling: waverley.nsw.gov.au/waste


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