Nundah Kerbside Collection: How to Encourage Responsible Scavenging

Nundah residents, it’s time to round up old furniture and other items for disposal for scheduled kerbside collection on Monday, the 19th of August 2019. Also, get ready for scavenge hunters who may come by your neighbourhood to claim items you no longer need for their own use.

In Brisbane, there is no law against the practice of scavenging during kerbside collection. In fact, the Council encourages residents to salvage and recycle other people’s stuff as much as possible as it will help limit landfill buildup. 

Now that it’s clear that scavenge hunting is not illegal, here are a few tips to remember when you spot scavenge hunters in your street:

1. If you’re tossing out items you have no more use for, then let strangers look into your stuff. If they take home your old furniture think of how much this would be better for the environment. 

2. Technically, the moment you discard goods by the curb, it becomes the property of the Council and no longer yours. Thus, anyone is free to help themselves to it until the kerbside collectors come around. 

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3. To prevent scavenge hunters from making a mess of your pile before the collectors arrive, place them by the kerbside an hour before pick-up time. Some come by at midnight or at dawn when you’re asleep and you could wake up in the morning with your old computer monitors or TV smashed to bits. 

4. If you’ve got completely unusable toasters, TV and other appliances, make sure to cut off the cords before placing them on your pile. This way, if the scavengers are only looking for cables and copper, they won’t have to destroy everything else. They can just easily take what they need and go. 

5. It might help to also label which items are still working well. Tape a sign that says, “Still Works But Not Worth Selling” and you’d be surprised how easy it would be to encourage more responsible scavenge hunting.  

A spokesperson from the Council, however, has a piece of important advice for scavenge hunters: “Ensure that leftover items are stacked tidily and not creating any obstructions to the footpath or roadway.” 

Kerbside Collection Time in Nundah: Time to Take Out Those Large Household Items

The Brisbane City Council’s (BCC) Kerbside Collection is set to happen on Monday, 7th of August, in the Nundah neighbourhood. Everyone is advised to take out their old sofa, dining sets, and other pieces of furniture and appliances that are too big for the wheelie bin this weekend.

All items should be placed on the kerb by 6:00 a.m. at the start of the collection period. Be mindful of the items you will take out. The Council will not collect unacceptable items that are placed on the kerb.

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Acceptable Items:

  • furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)
  • small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)
  • carpet and rugs
  • bath and laundry tubs
  • wood products less than 1.5 metres
  • bicycles and sporting equipment
  • electronic waste (e.g. televisions and computers)

Unacceptable Items:

  • garden waste (e.g. trees, grass, potted plants)
  • dirt and stones
  • bricks and concrete
  • commercial builders waste
  • car parts and tyres, including car batteries
  • general household waste (e.g. food scraps)
  • liquids
  • hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
  • gas bottles
  • glass and mirrors
  • household waste that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin

Failure to remove unacceptable items within seven days will result into illegal dumping fines.


Tips and Guidelines

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Apart from making sure that the items you will take out are acceptable, the items should be properly piled up. For items that must be placed in boxes, organise each box by putting labels and secure them properly for any weather condition. Keep the piles tidy to avoid blockage on the footpaths and roadways.

The piles should not be larger than two cubic metres or a small box trailer load. Also remember to remove the doors of the refrigerators and cupboards.

Be courteous to the collectors. The items should be easily and safely lifted by two people. Do not leave sharp objects on the pile.


Time for Scavenger Hunting

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One man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. There is no local law in Brisbane that will prevent people from scavenging off other people’s rubbish, so scavenger hunting is on this weekend.

For the scavengers looking for something to recycle and upcycle, always remember the words “courtesy” and “respect”. Other people’s pile should always be left tidy after rummaging through it. Your neighbours followed the council’s guideline of keeping their piles neat. It’s your obligation to keep it that way or to make it even neater than they were.

Keep your vehicles and ute ready this weekend. You never know what you will find on your neighbours’ kerbs.


Late for the Kerbside? No Problem.

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BCC has another option on how to reduce waste to landfill. The Resource Recovery Centre is open for both recyclable and green or general waste. The centres are located at Nudgee, Willawong, Ferny Grove, and Chandler.

Vehicles that are under 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM) can use the drive-through recycling area for free, whilst vehicles above 4.5 tonnes CGVM can still recycle, but with fees applied.


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Donating usable household items is a great option. There are charities around Brisbane that will accept these items with open arms. You may have missed the Kerbside Collection, but you will not miss helping the people in need.

GIVIT is a national non-profit virtual organisation founded by CEO Juliette Wright. They support all agencies, services, and charities in Australia to store, sort out, and distribute the donations to specific individuals or communities who exactly need the items.

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Kerbside Collection comes only once a year. This will be a busy weekend for the whole neighbourhood because it’s time to take those unwanted belongings out.

Visit the BCC’s official website to know more about waste management disposals.