Kiama Bulky Waste Drop-Off Trial

Mon Sep 1, 2014

Local not-for-profit social enterprises have partnered with Kiama Municipal Council to give residents a chance to dispose of household bulky waste as part of a job creation and infill reduction initiative.

It’s believed to be the first time that such a collaborative waste-management effort between social enterprises and local government has been attempted in Australia.

Between 1 September and 14 September all Kiama municipal residents are invited to drop off unwanted household bulky goods at Minnamurra Recycling Facility at no cost.

Recycling experts and charity groups will be on hand to inspect items as they arrive, resulting in up to seventy percent of items being recycled or taken to opportunity shops and sold. Normally such items would up as landfill or being illegally dumped.

The initiative is in addition to Kiama Councils regular rubbish collection programs.

There is an important social motive behind the program because jobs are being provided for less advantaged workers and refugees who find it difficult to secure employment.

The program is being overseen by Illawarra-based Renewable Recyclers (an arm of RichmondPRA) and Green Connect, and supported by Kiama Municipal Council, Mission Australia, Salvos Stores and the Flagstaff Group.

“This is a unique social initiative that provides a valuable free service for residents, helps the environment by reducing land fill and illegal dumping and provides jobs for socially disadvantaged people,” Renewable Recyclers Manager Miles Lochhead said.

“As far as we’re aware it’s the first time in Australia that social enterprises and local government have collaborated to provide such a service.

“It’s a common sense and low-fuss approach to waste reduction that looks after the environment and provides social benefits at the same time.

“If any Kiama residents are thinking of offloading bulky goods, here’s an opportunity to do it - and it’s completely free of charge.”

Participating residents must pre-book their drop off day and time online at www.kiama.nsw.gov.au or by calling 4232 0444 during business hours.

Residents are restricted to a quantity limit of 2m3 (about a standard box trailer) and must bring proof that they are from the Kiama Municipality (e.g. a drivers’ licence, rates notice or utility bill).

Bulky household items such as furniture, whitegoods, computers, televisions mattresses and carpet will be accepted. Materials that can be recycled such as paper, steel and plastic, should be pre-sorted.

Food and garden waste, building waste, glass, toxic chemicals and paints will not be accepted.

Media enquiries: Matthew Watson 0417 691 884

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