Outdoor settings, sports equipment, children’s toys and fine furniture are just some of the abandoned items found on local kerbsides by Mosman Collective this week.
The bi-annual Council cleanup, happening during August, is a treasure-trove of other people’s trash placed out for collection by local contractors.
More than 630 tonnes of bulky goods were collected by Mosman Council in 2021/22.
Mosman Collective found a number of vintage items headed for landfill on local streets.
Over the next four weeks, garbos will send tonnes of hard waste worth thousands of dollars to landfill.
In Beauty Point, where household goods were out for collection on August 2, a near-new Peg Perego High Chair, valued at $300, was seen outside one property, along with a doll’s house, ride-on toys and designer shoes.
This entire outdoor setting, complete with cushions, was found by Mosman Collective in Beauty Point this week.
It’s frustrating for resident Tamara Keniry, who is encouraging residents to re-home their unwanted possessions rather than throw them away.
“While driving around the neighbourhood this month, I’ve seen many things that are nearly brand new or unused,” she said.
“This week I saw a portable cot, kids’ highchairs, ski boots, bouncers and bikes.
“I’ve also seen at least 12 kids bikes put out as hard waste.
“None of this needs to go to recycling.”
A high chair, baby bouncer, kids bikes and a baby gate with all attachments are among discarded items found this week.
A passionate environmentalist, Tamara said some residents on the lower north shore are “great at throwing good things out”.
“Things like vacuums and BBQs that were expensive to purchase are often thrown out to be replaced by the latest model,” she said, “often, they are in perfect working order, and it’s almost criminal to throw them out.”
“There are so many struggling families who would really benefit from our local cast-offs and the things we no longer need.”
Mosman Council said it encourages “pickers” during the months of February and August to make use of the bulk waste placed outside homes.
“There are many items which can be reused or rehomed, such as metals and good furniture pieces,” a Council spokesperson says.
“Individually pre-booked collections with no set dates, which are common in many other council areas, do not allow for this practice or scale of reuse and recycling.”