Collection dates finalised

A pile containing household goods, ranging from children’s toys to unopened food dumped in Waukivory last year. Photo: Gayle Hollingsworth
A pile containing household goods, ranging from children’s toys to unopened food dumped in Waukivory last year. Photo: Gayle Hollingsworth

Since 2015, when Gloucester tip started to charge to dump, residents have been without a free option for disposing of bulky items.

Unlike the former Greater Taree and Great Lakes council regions, Gloucester hasn’t had an annual roadside bulky waste collection, but that’s about to change.

In April, MidCoast Council announced it would continue its the annual pick up, which now includes the Gloucester region, and the collection schedule has now been finalised.

Due to the size of the other regions, specific dates for collection are set up in a schedule letting the residents know when to put the bulky items on the kerb. 

As the Gloucester region isn’t quite as large, its collection dates will run across a two weeks period, meaning all areas are due to be collection in that timeline.

Collections will take place from Monday,  August 6 to Friday, August 17 with residents to place the waste at the roadside from Saturday, August 4. Residents will be receiving brochures shortly outlining what can and cannot be collected.

As this is the first time Gloucester has had the collection available, here are a few pointers to help the collection run smoothly.

Collection guidelines are as follows: (a pile must be no larger than two cubic metres)

Acceptable items:

  • Scrap metal and white goods (all metal items will be recycled):
  • Fridges* and washing machines*
  • Microwaves*
  • Metal push lawn mowers and wheelbarrows
  • Empty paint tins (lids removed)
  • Stoves
  • Clothes dryers
  • Barbecues
  • Pushbikes
  • Hot water systems (less than 260 litres)
  • Metal furniture

* Doors must be removed from household appliances and whitegoods, and individual items must not exceed 30 kilograms.

General bulky waste (all general bulky waste will be landfilled, so please try rehoming any re-usable items instead)

  • Eskies
  • Furniture / chairs
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Lounges (that comply with size limit)
  • Floor coverings
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Small appliances
  • Tables
  • Foam mattresses (no springs)

During the collection period, August 6- 17, Gloucester Landfill at 385 Thunderbolts Way will be accepting wire-spring mattress and bed bases free of charge. 

For more information about what can and cannot be put out for collection, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Bins-and-Waste/Bulky-Waste-clean-up