It's time to start gather up unwanted bulky goods in preparation for Gunnedah shire's free Domestic Bulky Waste Disposal Weekend.
The council initiative will be run over the weekend of September 21-22 to help residents clear out items such as old whitegoods, furniture and tree loppings.
"Spring clean weekends have been successful in Gunnedah Shire in the past, and we will be offering another one in September," council's waste management superintendent Sheridan Cameron said.
"This gives residents a chance to get rid of troublesome items and can go some way to combat illegal dumping."
Gunnedah's councillors were in support of the Recycling and Waste Working Group initiative at this week's council meeting.
"The issue is raised by many of our residents on a regular basis - how they can have access to this sort of arrangement, and we've tried it twice before. We are looking at other methodologies but we thought it was time this happened again this year," Cr Owen Hasler said.
"I think it's something the community would be receptive to."
Cr Jamie Chaffey commended the working group for its "proactive approach" to littering.
"We'll always feel the effects of illegal dumping throughout our community so I see this as a positive step and congratulate our team in the waste management area about being proactive and putting other options forward to those community members who may feel, for whatever reason, they need to illegally dump waste, - particularly bulky goods - instead of putting them into landfill," he said.
Cr Chaffey also praised the concept of trialling free waste disposal voucher(s), which would issued with each residential rate notice in July 2020.
Residents will need to transport their waste to the Gunnedah, Carroll, Curlewis, Mullaley, Breeza or Tambar Springs waste facility. The amount of waste will be limited to one trailer-load per ratepayer.
Kelvin and Emerald Hill mobile waste collection sites are not included in the event because they are not structured to receive bulky, organic or problem wastes.
Items ineligible for the initiative include chemicals, liquid wastes, tyres, commercial waste, medical waste, mixed building waste, items with refrigerant gas and contaminated waste.