Waste collection back to normal

It’s been a challenging 2023 so far for our waste contractor.

Updated 8 March

Red, yellow and green bins are being picked up on schedule.

Previous stop-work industrial action by some employees of our waste contractor, Cleanaway, had disrupted waste collection. While the City of Sydney isn’t involved in the negotiations, the Lord Mayor met with the Cleanaway CEO and General Manager to discuss service issues and urge the company to resolve the dispute with its workers quickly.

We’re hopeful the matter will be resolved with an outcome that works for all parties.

Bulky waste collections

Bookings for bulky waste have reopened after a temporary pause.

The service has been greatly impacted by employee absenteeism and a tight labour market affecting recruitment. The industrial action has further exacerbated the situation.

There may be ongoing bulky collection delays in some areas. If your items aren’t collected on time, please leave them out and report a missed collection after 2 days. We’ll pick them up as soon as possible.

Crews are working hard to collect bins and bulky waste across the city. Photo: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

Alternatives: repair, sell or rehome for free

While metals, whitegoods, electronics and mattresses are recycled, all furniture and other household items we collect are sent to landfill.

Many of these items are in good condition or could be easily repaired.

We recommend you first go online to sell or give away your items. You can use digital tools and social networks to connect your stuff to those in the community who want it.

Read these tips on how to sell your stuff online fast.

It’s illegal to put items out on the street without booking a collection and offenders could be fined up to $7500.

Instead, use our guide on the most sustainable ways to get rid of your unwanted stuff and help keep our streets looking beautiful.

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