A safe and accessible city

Cleansing ramped up on city streets

We’re doing everything we can to protect our residents, workers and visitors.


Our cleansing and waste teams are running at full capacity, making even greater efforts to keep Sydney clean.

As well as bin collections, booked bulky waste collections, graffiti and bill poster removal, our teams are:

  • cleansing streets and footpaths around hospitals and schools
  • cleansing streets and footpaths near supermarkets, petrol stations and other commercial areas
  • steam cleaning plaza and major pedestrian footpath areas
  • street cleaning around transport hubs
  • removing illegal dumping
  • cleaning bins along George Street with disinfectant
  • doing more bin cleaning in high pedestrian areas
  • using disinfectant pressure cleaning in high pedestrian areas.

We have increased cleansing of footpaths, benches, handrails and more across the city. These areas include:

City / North

  • Central Railway Station / UTS
  • Town Hall
  • Wynyard Station / Carrington Street / York Street / Wynyard Park
  • Sydney Day Hospital


  • Sydney Park
  • Pyrmont / Glebe
  • Camperdown / Royal Prince Alfred hospital
  • Newtown / Broadway


  • Kings Cross / Paddington
  • Surry Hills

How you can help

We ask residents to take extra care when using your rubbish and recycling bins, especially if you share a bin, and remember to wash your hands before and after using your bins.

As always, it’s important to reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away. Remember to think before you bin it and ask yourself if it can be first reused or repurposed.

If that's not possible, please put items in the correct bin, recycling as much as possible.

If you're not sure which bin to use, check our website. If you are part of the food scraps recycling trial, put your food scraps in the maroon lid bin. Many of us may be decluttering while we spend more time at home. If you do, remember all City of Sydney residents have access to a free weekly pick-up for furniture, mattresses, whitegoods, e-waste and large garden organics. We recycle these items as much as possible.

Booking a pick-up is easy and essential. If you live in an apartment, contact your building manager to make a booking.

Published 9 April 2020, updated 21 April 2020