Whichever way you cut it, we always wind up with stuff we don’t need – in our garage, cupboards and attic. It makes moving house a more frustrating endeavour. For some, it’s a buzz to offload unwanted junk from a declutter mission. Where does it all go?
Unfortunately, some of it winds up on our streets and in our parks. Against the law (you can get whacked with fines up to $1500), dumped rubbish makes our beautiful ‘hood a lot less awesome, causes havoc in our waterways, and costs stacks in clean-up costs. It stinks, often quite literally!
According to recent NSW EPA research, most Council areas are dealing with up to 100 dumped rubbish incidents a year, and around one in 10 spend more than a whopping half a million dollars annually on prevention, monitoring and enforcement of illegal dumping. That’s dosh that could be instead funnelled into better facilities and improved services locally.
But it needn’t be this way. Check out these handy reuse and recycling options to dispose of your bulky waste sustainably. You never can tell what trash (for cash) will be someone else’s treasure!
Find them a new home e.g. furniture, clothes, appliances
- Sell, swap or give them away. Who doesn’t love a garage sale, with proceeds to go towards your next holiday?! Swap parties with friends are also loads of fun.
- List online: Freecycle, Gumtree or Ozrecycle
- Donate them to a local charity like Vinnies
- Contact the Bower Re-homing Service to collect your junk for free for reuse. They accept household furniture, bikes, electronic appliances, small quantities of building materials, bric-a-brac, kitchenware and books. Visit bower.org.au
Give them up for recycling
- Mattresses – Call Soft Landings on 9083 8080 to organise a free Your Call collection to recycle these for free. This company works in partnership with Council to salvage the metal, foam and timber to make into carpet underlay, animal bedding and boxing bags.
- Second fridges and freezers – Recycle for free with Fridge Buyback, save energy bills and score a $25 rebate! Get in quick, as the program is officially closing end of June. Collection for Waverley and Randwick Council residents is on 9 June. Call 1800 708 401.
- TVs, Laptops, electronic equipment - Drop them off at the Council’s E-waste collection day. They get melted down into valuable parts for recycling.
- Community Recycling Centre – Your one-stop drop off point (think whitegoods, cardboard, e-waste and more!). 72 Perry St Matraville
- Household batteries, globes and mobile phones – By July, you’ll be able to drop these off in dedicated recycling bins at Waverley Library and the Customer Service Centre.
Last resort: Book a clean-up collection
- Each Waverley household is entitled to two free Your Call Collections of household items each calendar year, plus a free scheduled one. The only thing is that what gets picked up ends up in landfill, thereby missing the opportunity to give your old stuff a new eco-friendly life.
- Local Community Recycling Centre
- Sorting out your rubbish locally
- Call Resource Recovery Hotline - 9083 8000