Recycling mattresses in Sydney was such a hit last year, the council is expanding its free pick up for bulky household items


A mattress collection initiave run by the City of Sydney council was such a hit last year, that it is expanding its free pick up service to include bulky household waste, whitegoods and mattresses.

Last year, the city collected 18,412 mattresses.

More than 13,000 tonnes of bulky waste has been collected as part of the free weekly clean-up service over the last three years.

This year, residents can book the service 52 times per year — that’s once every week.

The council will pick up mattresses in any size and condition and any type such as foam, latex and futon, and bed base ensembles.

Bulky items and household furniture that can be picked up include tables, chairs, sofas, lounges, wardrobes, bookshelves, mats and small rugs, bundled and tied garden waste that can’t fit into a bin, appliances like vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances, and wooden barbecues.

Metal items and whitegoods can be picked up too, and include fridges, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, heaters and hot water systems, lawnmowers (empty of fuel), metal barbecues, gym equipment like bikes, trampolines, weight benches, treadmills, steel ladders, and ironing boards.

The new contract is a joint venture with other local government areas as part of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

It comes as China recently banned imports of recyclable waste from Australia, throwing Australia’s waste industry into crisis.

Import restrictions have been imposed, which mean that 99% of the recyclables that Australia previously sold to China won’t be accepted anymore.

City rangers monitor illegal dumping hot spots and issued more than 1,145 penalty and warnings notices for illegal dumping last year. Fines for illegal rubbish dumping can range from $500 to $2,000.

The mattresses collected are taken to a central recycling centre where they are broken down.

In addition to the expanded service this year, new waste services will be introduced next year.

They include a food waste collection trial, a textile recycling collection trial, a kerbside e-waste collection, and a community recycling centre.

To book a pickup, click here or call 02 9265 9333.