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Frequently Asked Questions - Myocum Landfill bulk waste drop off

Council provided annual kerbside collections for bulky waste for many years, and while it was a well-used and valued Council service, it caused ongoing illegal dumping issues throughout the Shire. Community complaints increased and it was a source of distress for many local residents.

The collection also only occurred in urban areas, as narrow roads and access issues meant it was not feasible to offer the service in rural areas.

 

Any resident or ratepayer of Byron Shire; including urban and rural residents.

Byron Shire residents can drop off one load of bulk waste up to 150 kilograms or up to 500 kilograms of garden waste at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre in Myocum.  

Home owners simply need to present their 2016/17 rates notice, water bill or instalment at the weighbridge.

If you are renting a property, you need to obtain permission from the owner or agent to utilise the free drop-off. You can do this by getting a copy of the property’s rate or water notice. Alternatively, you can download and complete a Bulk Waste Disposal Form for tenants from the Waste and Recycling page on our website, and have it signed by your real estate agent or landlord.

Yes. If you are renting a property, you need to obtain permission from the owner or agent to utilise the free drop-off service. You can do this by getting a copy of the property’s rate or water notice.

Alternatively, you can download and complete a Bulk Waste Disposal Form for tenants from the Waste and Recycling page on our website, and have it signed by your real estate agent or landlord.

This system entitles your property to ONE free bulk waste drop off of up to 150kg of bulk waste or up to 500kg of garden waste. 

Yes, if the owner or previous resident has not used the entitlement.

If you are renting a property, you need to obtain permission from the owner or agent to utilise the free drop-off. You can do this by getting a copy of the property’s rate or water notice. Alternatively, you can download and complete a Bulk Waste Disposal Form for tenants from the Waste and Recycling page on our website, and have it signed by your real estate agent or landlord.

 

Yes. If you are renting a property, you need to obtain permission from the owner or agent to utilise the free drop-off. You can do this by getting a copy of the property’s rate or water notice. Alternatively, you can download and complete a Bulk Waste Disposal Form for tenants from the Waste and Recycling page on our website, and have it signed by your real estate agent or landlord.

Nothing.  It is a FREE service.

Yes. In past years the annual kerbside collection cost approximately $100,000 and an additional $25,000 for illegal dumping cleanup.  There are still costs associated with sorting and disposing of the bulky items dropped off at the BRRC, however the objective is to provide a cleaner Shire with less illegal dumping.

Residents need to make arrangements to transport and drop waste and recyclables at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Not everyone can get their items to the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. Why not drop in next-door, see if you can help your neighbour take their unwanted items to the Resource Recovery Centre. 

You will need their signed permission and you need to present their signed Bulk Waste Tenant form or Rates Notice, water bill or installment at the weighbridge for scanning.

Anytime during the 2016-17 Financial year. 

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 8am-4pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am-11.30am

The service entitles ONE drop-off per property per financial year. 

 

Up to 150 kilograms of bulk waste or up to 500kg of garden waste.

No.  The entitlement is for ONE free drop of bulk or garden waste per financial year.

Each load will be weighed and any amount above 150 kilograms will be charged at the appropriate waste disposal fee.

 

  • Appliances
  • Furniture and bedding
  • Carpet
  • Surfboards
  • Garden equipment
  • Fridges
  • Stoves, ovens, dishwashers
  • Filing cabinets
  • Washing machines and dryers
  • Lawn mowers and bikes
  • Metal bed bases
  • Hot water systems
  • Garden waste and tree prunings

Problems included:

  • Safety hazards for contract workers and Council staff in terms of sharp objects and sodden heavy furniture and mattresses
  • Safety hazards for the public, particularly children, engaging in scavenging
  • Non compliant waste such as glass and chemicals being included in the piles
  • Illegal dumping on the waste piles of households, including hazardous materials
  • Scattering of previously neatly stacked piles across lawns and onto the road by scavengers
  • Dumping of waste both prior to and after the collection
  • Waste is co-mingled and there is a lack of resource recovery
  • Metal scavenging reducing the return to the contractor and thereby increasing the cost

This would be considered illegal dumping.  Council rangers are always on the lookout for illegal dumping and you may face a fine of up to to $750 for an individual or $1,500 for a business.