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The Impact of the Current State of Council Pickup in Sydney

Being the largest city in Australia, Sydney contributes to almost half of the waste generation. According to the NSW Waste Data Report 2018-2019, Sydney’s metro area produced 1.84 million tonnes of wastes, which is 50.3% of the total. 

Authorities developed the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-21 (WARR Strategy) to promote less waste production and maximise resources to its full potential. It has six main goals:

  1. Decrease the waste generation for each person
  2. Increase recycling rates by 70% or better 
  3. Divert dumping in landfills by 75%
  4. Better management of waste and building of 86 drop-off points centres over NSW
  5. Minimising litter materials 
  6. Reduce the number of illegal dumping of wastes 

How does the Local Council Pick Ups Waste in Sydney? 

Let us look into Sydney’s waste collection first. There are
pickup schedules at least once a week for both the rubbish and recycling bins from 6 am to 6 pm. And green wastes are collected twice a month if you have a garden or lawn. 

You can also book an appointment for the collection of e-waste, furniture, white goods, and bulk items as long as they are not 1.5m long or weigh above 100kg. However, the council will not collect household chemicals and construction/demolition waste because they should avoid the landfills as much as possible.  

After knowing a bit about the collection system and the goals of WARR Strategy, allow us to dig a little deeper on the impact of the current state of council pickup in Sydney through the NSW Waste Data Report 2018-2019. 

Fewer wastes per individual

The report shows that there was a decrease in the average weight of wastes produced per household in the region — 21.75 kg/hh/week from 22.3 kg/hh/week. But despite the drop, Sydney was still the largest contributor of wastes with at least half of the total rubbish generation. 

Thus, we need to exert more effort in reducing our wastes in the micro-level. Below are some tips for you to consider:

  • Use reusable items such as eco-bags, tumblers, and metal straws.
  • Buy in packs rather than retail sizes.
  • Donate old clothes or any materials that are still in good condition.
  • Dine-in as much as possible to avoid take-out wastes. 
  • Patronise eco-friendly products.      

Recycling rate remains static

The metro’s recycling rate was at 46% with a high percentage of residual waste recycled (16%) compared to the other cities (one-digit results only). Over the years, its number ranges from 46% to 49% even though the government is boosting its efforts each year. They even invested $802 million in the
Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative.  

Since we are not getting the ideal results, we need to apply more push. Recycle whenever you can to help minimise the exploitation of our resources. There are a lot of recycling ideas available on the internet for you to follow.  

Landfilling rate troubles

On the other hand, the landfilling rate in Sydney was at 54%. It is also a constant number over the years. But almost 40,000 tonnes (10% of total) recyclables were thrown in the landfills instead of recycling centres. That is an equivalent to about 100,000 cubic metres of landfill’s space taken.   

The council defended that this was due to other alternative treatment decisions which they did not fully elaborate on their report. But there is a possibility that these discarded recyclables were not fit for reprocessing.  

Illegal dumping intensifies

According to
a news report, there has an increase in illegal dumping all over Australia because of the global health crisis. Local councils reported a 20% to 40% rise in improper waste disposal. 

Residents incline to clean more, and order food deliveries and items online. These activities generate a lot of wastes. And due to limited schedules of council pickups, they leave their rubbish on curbsides. 

It will cost you penalties when the authorities caught you. Be a responsible citizen and check the NSW Guidelines for proper disposal. Or better book a rubbish removal service to get rid of your bulk wastes right away. 


Looking back to the goals set by the WARR Strategy, our current state is still far from achieving them. Given the right management and Sydneysiders’ cooperation, the council pickup will undoubtedly deliver the impact we are expecting in the future. 

For now, we need to support the council on their campaign for Less Waste and Recycle More Initiative. When in doubt and your local collectors are not available, you can always lean on Kurt’s Rubbish Removal. Our team are advocates of a greener environment. We practice proper waste management and disposal of your rubbish without limits.  

Established for more than 20 years now, we are the leading removalists in the metro. Within an hour after you call us, we will be ringing at your doorbell and remove all of your wastes fast and efficiently. 

For rubbish removal services in Sydney, don’t hesitate to contact us at 0428 255 438 or send us your enquiries via email here.


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