Cumberland City Council Kerbside Junk Collection Info
Increasing day-to-day activities of people come with the exponential accumulation of waste. As some of these wastes become unmanageable, many residents resort to illegal dumping, potentially risking the safety and health of the neighbourhood and the environment. Plus, it’s unpleasant to the eyes!
This is also true in Cumberland City. In response, the Council strictly enforces illegal dumping laws, which fines $2000 per person or $4000 for corporations. But, despite this, illegal dumping is still a prevalent practice among the townspeople.
Given that, Cumberland City decided to take their Environmental Management Framework up a notch by providing its residents with four (4) free cleanups per year. But how exactly can people avail of this service? What are its specifications?
What Items Can Cumberland City Council Take?
Cumberland City Council junk collection only accepts selected bulk household waste. Hence, make sure that the waste you want to be picked up is among the items listed below:
- Unwanted Furniture
- White goods (e.g. washing machines, ovens, dishwashers, and dryers)
- Bundled tree and plant clippings (must be under 2 metres in length)
- Rolled and tied carpet and other floor coverings
Also, note that they only take up to 2 cubic metres per collection, so make sure you prioritise items needing immediate disposal.
What Items Are Not Accepted by Cumberland City Council?
To ensure safe and contamination-free collection, the Cumberland Council does not accept certain hazardous wastes. These include the following:
- Building and Construction waste (e.g. bricks, soil, fences, windows, glass, polystyrene)
- Hazardous items (e.g. Asbestos, paint tins, batteries, light bulbs, gas bottles)
- Electronic waste (e.g. computers, mobiles, DVD players, TV’s)
- Motor vehicle parts (e.g. engines, car batteries, or tyres)
In dealing with hazardous items and e-wastes, you may consult and seek help from the Mobile Community Recycling Service. It’s a program run by Cumberland City Council and Parramatta Council and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
Bulky items that are too heavy to be carried by two people are also not accepted by the Council. For heavy furniture in good condition, you may visit nearby recycling and donation centres instead.
Cumberland Council recommends The Bower’s Collection and Rehoming Service, which is an environmental charity offering a free collection of unwanted yet functional household goods for those living in Participating Councils.
How To Best Prepare For A Household Junk Collection?
With the specifications and limitations of council pick-up, it’ll be best to prepare for a household junk collection adequately. Follow these steps to get the best out of this council service and keep your lawn safe and clean.
- Check the City of Cumberland Council guidelines for the checklist of rubbish items that are allowed to be collected.
- Neatly place the unwanted items on the kerbside in front of your property the night before collection day. Make sure the pile only occupies a maximum volume of 2 cubic metres and isn’t higher or wider than two motorbikes stacked together.
- Roll and tie up floor coverings and carpet.
- Keep the length of garden waste, such as tree clippings, under 2 metres.
- Group similar items to optimise the collection process.
- Make sure your rubbish is not obstructing any pathway.
Contact Info on Cumberland City Bulk Household Junk Collection
Council residents are encouraged to avail of this service, especially those occupying residential properties.
Simply book a Council Cleanup by phone at 02 8757 9000 or their online booking services. Remember to give the Council two week’s notice and have your items ready the night before the agreed collection date.
Although the cleanup can only be availed four times for free, you may still book more of the said service for $89.50 per collection. Simply fill out the Request for Additional Clean-Up Service form.
For problem wastes that cannot be collected, including batteries and mobile phones, Cumberland Council installed eight drop-off stations for its recycling in the following locations:
- Cumberland City Council, Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
- Merrylands Library, Corner Newman Street and Miller Street, Merrylands
- Granville Community Centre, 1 Memorial Avenue, Granville
- Auburn Community Centre, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn
- Auburn Library, 1 Susan Street, Auburn
- Guildford Community Centre, 90 O’Neil Street, Guildford
- Berala Community Centre, 98-104 Woodburn Road, Berala
- Wentworthville Library, 2 Lane Street, Wentworthville
While chemical waste, like solvents, pesticides, or motor oil, may be disposed of in the Council’s Household Chemical CleanOut event.
For more information, you may call or visit service centres in Merrylands, Auburn, Berala, Greystanes, and Wentworthville which are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on 02 8757 9000. You may also fax documents to the Council through 02 9055 3301.
The National Relay Service will direct you to the main service hotline for those with speech or hearing impairment. Simply provide your contact number.
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