Waste collection intensifies in flood-prone areas

Trash collection services across the state are being stepped up as flood-affected communities are reminded to exercise caution when returning to homes and businesses.

More than 4,200 damage impact assessments to businesses and homes in Northern Rivers have now been completed and 37 waste collection teams are operating in the area.

More than 1,500 personnel from the emergency services, Australian Defense Force, Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW, are in the area to support the cleanup.

Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole said waste must be removed as safely and as quickly as possible from flood-affected communities so people can start rebuilding their lives.

“This disaster has been of an incredible scale and the cleanup will take time, but we are working tirelessly to ensure that all services needed to complete the cleanup are ready and available,” Mr Toole said.

“Residents can take flood-affected household items to their local landfill without having to worry about the cost, with the waste tax being waived in the 45 local government areas that have been declared disasters. natural.”

National Emergency Services and Resilience Minister Steph Cooke said Northern Rivers councils are rolling out additional red bins and bins are coming to Lismore CBD.

“I know people who have evacuated their homes want to come back as soon as possible to clean up, but please do not enter a damaged building unless it has been deemed safe by the authorities,” he said. said Ms Cooke.

“The cleaning process is difficult and heartbreaking as personal effects are thrown away. I want to assure everyone affected by this flooding that additional waste removal services will be in place for as long as it takes to clean up.

TIPS FOR GETTING HOME

• Individuals should contact their insurance company directly and take multiple photos of any damaged property and its contents before removing and disposing of items.
• Damaged items that can be safely moved can be placed on the sidewalk where trash removal crews will pick them up over the next few days.
• Floodwaters can be contaminated with sewage and chemicals. Appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn.
• People should also be alert for snakes, spiders, rats and other wildlife that may have taken refuge in the structure or furniture.
• Each area affected by flood waters inside the building must be cleaned and dried. This includes refrigerators, cabinets, walls and floors.
• Residents of flood-affected areas can contact Service NSW to register NSW SES cleaning requests and search for essential items.
• During flood recovery, the Service NSW call center will be open for extended hours, 9am to 10pm weekends and 7am to 10pm daily, to ensure that residents can request the help they need.
• Residents can register a request for restocking or cleaning by:
o by completing a short online form: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/floods/nsw-floods-request-clean-and-essential-items or at 13 77 88.

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