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Spring Clean Time

As Spring approaches and we thaw out and feel more energised after the Winter slump, it's a great time to get our houses in order.

Whether you're a Marie Kondo devotee, or just have a few things you need to get sorted, we have some suggestions (and services) that may help.

Sell on or Donate

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Hosting or browsing at a garage sale can be a great way to spend a day.

Declutter your space, give your stuff a second life and allow it to create a new history with someone else.

Hosting a garage sale is a great way to get rid of items you no longer want, but may be useful to someone else - you can make a little pocket money, and save items from landfill in the process!

There are plenty of other options for you to sell on your unwanted items for someone else to cherish. Think reputable online and offline marketplaces like Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Cash Converters. Make sure to take precautions when providing account details for payments or meeting people to hand over goods. Other options might include setting up a stall at a 'swap meet' or car boot sale.

If you don't want to go through the hassle of listing your items and vetting buyers, then you can always donate items in reasonable or good condition to several different reputable charities for on-selling.

Make sure the items you're donating are solidly constructed and still have lots of life left in them - if they're not able to be rejuvenated, there are plenty of no-cost and low-cost ways to dispose.

**For future reference - Garage Sale Trail is back on 13-14 and 20-21 November in 2021, and you can choose between a virtual sale or face to face. For the very organised, you can pre-register now and get your things together - it will be here before you know it!

Discard or Recycle

If it can't be sold on and re-loved, then let us help you recycle it or dispose of it conscientiously - and often for free.

In addition to your kerbside services, which include household recycling, green organics, and general waste bins, our Resource Recovery partner NAWMA also provide some special additional services for our community.

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Household recycling - This is the easiest way to recycle your household glass, hard plastics and paper. Make sure that anything that goes into this bin is washed, with no food waste on it. And no soft plastics - they need to go elsewhere - TIP: look into RedCycle at the button below.
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Unusual items recycling - Do you have something you just don't know what to do with, but which may be recyclable? NAWMA accepts most recyclable items for low cost or no cost drop off at their Resource Recovery Centre. Take the time to find out how your items can avoid landfill and get a second life!
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Hard Waste pick up - Twice a year you can book in a hard waste collection at your property. Wait times are between three to six weeks, but if you don't want to wait you can exchange with a voucher to drop your 'stuff' at NAWMA's door. No trailer? No worries, they have one you can borrow to do the job, for a $20 refundable deposit.
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Hazardous waste? - Some things can't be recycled and simply need to be disposed of - carefully. NAWMA now have a new hazardous waste disposal for Playford residents, and items are free to drop. (Household quantities only.)

How is the outside of your home looking?

This is not just about street appeal (a fresh coat of paint on the front door, fixing that broken letterbox, or keeping your lawn cut.) At this time of year it's also about safety and preparation - are you fire-proofing by keeping your yard clean and tidy? And what to do with all your garden waste?

Our kerbside green FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bin can be a big help in getting rid of any organic waste from garden or kitchen. If you add your kitchen food scraps to the green bin, you are turning them from waste into a valuable resource to help our gardens thrive - compost!

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Trim, rake, tidy and clear - Time to lower the risk for your home as we approach fire season. Keep the grass down, get rid of any piles of stuff which may be a fire risk or a hiding place for snakes, trim your trees, remove any dead undergrowth, and clear your gutters. find out more about yard safety and fire-proofing at the link below.
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FOGO kerbside bin - You can get rid of garden clippings (and all your food scraps and pet waste) in your green FOGO bin. The bin is collected fortnightly and contents are recycled into compost. If you don't have a green bin, consider purchasing one from NAWMA - or start a compost bin at home.

Council Services

Our gardening crews are out pruning, clearing, trimming, spraying, and mowing our parks and green spaces, and maintaining public assets. We encourage you to let us know if you see any rubbish where it shouldn't be, or any maintenance required.

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Our outdoor crews are out and about daily working across the city, and we appreciate any reports of areas which may need tending - overgrown trees, excess weeds or long verges - let us know. In a city spanning 345 square kilometres, we really appreciate the extra eyes and ears out there letting us know about areas that need attention.
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Illegal Dumping, Graffiti, Pot-holes - Can you help us in our clean up efforts? Our Graffiti, Pothole, Clean Up and Gardening crews are out in the community every weekday. We encourage you to let us know if you see anything in public areas that needs attention. If you see anyone dumping by the side of the road, please, report them to us. There is just no excuse for illegal dumping.
Jasmine, our Fight Food Waste Officer, taking out the FOGO bin.