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The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been informed by the waste industry that due to unprecedented rain and flooding, the collection of putrescible bins (red-bins) from household and commercial premises may be interrupted.

The waste industry will need time to address uncollected waste. The NSW EPA is assisting councils and the waste sector, who are working together to address the issue as quickly as possible.

For updates to services, businesses should contact their waste service providers.

The NSW EPA has approved a number of temporary measures to help industry continue operating flexibly in this difficult situation including:

  • permitting the Woodlawn landfill to operate on Sunday
  • extending the minimum amount of waste that can be stored at certain transfer stations, before being taken for final disposal
  • extending the operating hours at the Lucas Heights Landfill.

The NSW EPA has also been liaising with the Transport Management Centre about the southern rail line, which is crucial for waste transport, and which began operating again on Wednesday 16 March.


Affected council areas
Bayside Council
Burwood Council
Canada Bay Council
Canterbury Bankstown Council
Cumberland Council
Fairfield Council
Georges River Council
Hornsby Shire Council
Hunters Hill Council
Inner West Council
Ku-ring-gai Council
Lane Cove Council
Mosman Council
North Sydney Council
Parramatta Council
Randwick Council
Ryde Council
Strathfield Council
Waverley Council
Willoughby Council
Woollahra Council