This Sunday, 19 May, from 9am to 4pm, Lismore City Council will open its tip for the annual Tip Free Day.
A council spokesperson said this means ‘it’s time to clean out your garage, clear the backyard and empty your cupboards’.
But the downside is that delays can happen as everyone was keen to take advantage of the free rubbish disposal.
Council’s waste operations coordinator Kevin Trustum said the solution was for locals to ‘come very early or very late, as everyone ends up coming smack bang in the middle of the day and then people have to wait’.
‘If you plan ahead and pack your trailer the day before, you can come first thing and you’ll have less time to wait and the rest of the day to enjoy,’ Mr Trustum said.
‘Alternatively, you could spend Sunday loading up your trailer and bring it to the tip late in the afternoon when the rush is almost over. It spreads out the work for the tip staff and it means you have less time sitting in the car.’
The conditions for the tip free day are that residents have to bring along their rates notice or licence to show they live in the Lismore City Council area and, to help divert waste from landfill, scrap metal, timber, green waste, household items and other recyclables should be kept separate.
‘Also, no commercial quantities of chemicals, no asbestos and no truck/tractor tyres will be allowed into the tip on the day, and no more than 12 car tyres will be allowed in one load,’ Mr Trustum said.
For more information phone the waste hotline on 1300 87 83 87 or visit www.northernriverswaste.com.au.