Waste from flood impacted properties will be collected from the kerbside free of charge for MidCoast residents and business owners.
MidCoast Council has been working with a range of agencies including the NSW Police, Public Works Advisory, Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Defence Force as part of a multi-agency Recovery Taskforce Team to clean up after the devastating flooding that occurred over of the last week, Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell explained.
Residents and businesses are reminded that if they are insured, they should speak to their insurer first to find out exactly what their policy covers, and how their insurer wants them to dispose of flood damaged items.
Members of the community who have issues with their insurer are encouraged to get in contact with the Insurance Council of Australia at www.insurancecouncil.com.au who can guide them through their policy and eligibility.
“For residents and business owners a free kerbside collection for flood waste will be undertaken,” Mr De Szell said.
The waste is required to be sorted into piles on the kerb into the following categories – green waste, whitegoods, metal, food and household chemicals.
Residents can also take food waste to any MidCoast Waste Management Facility free of charge.
Residents and business owners who choose to go to a waste management facility will still need to pay $97.49 per tonne, a reduction from the usual $190 per tonne fee.
“Council is also supporting the work of other agencies in strike team clean ups in central business districts across the region to support the clean-up efforts.”
These clean ups will then expand into residential and rural areas.
Council’s kerbside collection will continue as normal and for non-flood effected areas the scheduled annual bulky waste clean up will resume next Monday.
Local Land Services is coordinating removal of the carcasses and the community is encouraged to phone them on 1800 814 647 to report and arrange for pick-up.
“Council has established a Flood Recovery Hub on our website with important information from all agencies available for further assistance.”
All residents are encouraged to access this page which is regularly updated.