Ascot Kerbside Collection 2019: A Guide for Discarders and Scavengers

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Ascot residents will have another opportunity to discard their bulky unwanted items and crawlers may again come out for another week of treasure finding as the annual Kerbside Collection returns this 12 August 2019.

What you can leave for Kerbside Collection

Before you start sorting and packing your large household items for discarding, please check the list of acceptable items:

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  • bath and laundry tubs; 
  • bicycles and sporting equipment; 
  • carpet and rugs; 
  • electronic waste such as televisions and computers; 
  • furniture and white goods like fridges and stoves; 
  • small household appliances including fans and toasters; 
  • wood products that are less than 1.5 metres.

These acceptable items should be on the kerbside by 6:00 a.m. at the start of the collection period. Illegal dumping fines may apply if you leave your items on the kerb prior to the announced collection date.


 
 


What items are not acceptable?

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The following are considered as unacceptable items and illegal dumping fines may apply if these materials are not removed within seven days of the notified collection period:

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

Reminders for discarders

The Council reminds residents discarding their hard rubbish to keep footpath or roadway clear and safe by keeping the pile tidy on the kerb and not to place sharp or dangerous objects, or piles larger than two cubic metres.

Also, refrigerator and cupboard doors should be removed, as living creatures or a child can get trapped inside and only put items for collection that can be lifted easily and safely by two people.

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The Council will not collect piles larger than two cubic metres which is about equal to a small box trailer load.


Lastly, please sort your items into separate piles to speed up the collection process and increase reusability of the items.

Alternatively, you may donate your useable items to any charitable institutions or not-for-profit organisations that can reuse or recycle them like GIVIT, NACRO, and the Council’s tips shops operated by the Endeavour Foundation.

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Kerbside crawlers best practices 

Kerbside collection offers opportunities for scavengers to turn these otherwise rubbish finds into gold, but whilst the Council encourages recycling, one must observe certain  etiquette:

  • As a courtesy, if you find something useable, try to seek permission from the homeowner first. However, let’s be respectful of their time and privacy and avoid asking too many questions about the item or if they have anything more to discard for you.
  • Think safety. Try not to break anything, especially those with parts made of glass, while foraging through the pile.
  • Take the entire set. If you have little room left in your truck, it is better to leave the dining set and let someone else take advantage rather than take only one chair.
  • Be respectful, tidy up before your leave and put back the items you decide not to take exactly where you found them.

Some items may not be worth the trouble and thus should be avoided, such as:

  • Mattresses and bedding. You don’t want to be bringing home bed bugs, head lice, and fungi, do you?
  • Furniture made from chipboard or medium-density fibreboard. They would be difficult to renovate and reuse as compared to those made from solid timber.