Call for better council clean ups for vacating tenants

Ugly eyesores such as this in the Blacktown City may become a thing of the past.

Ward four councillor Edmond Atalla called on the council to investigate how it can work with real estates and landlords to improve council clean ups for rental tenants.

Old furniture and household waste is often illegally dumped outside homes and on footpaths because of council clean up waiting lists.

Councillor Atalla was recently contacted by a vacating tenant, who was told by the council there was a six week wait for a council clean up.

He’s regularly on the phone to council to report illegal dumpings.

‘‘It’s a big problem in my ward because of the high turnover in private rental and housing commission homes,’’ Councillor Atalla said.

‘‘Vacating tenants don’t get much notice but they want to do the right thing.’’

He wants to see a better relationship between the council, real estates and landlords.

‘‘For these households, there shouldn’t be a waiting list or arrange to have it be picked up within the week of tenants vacating,’’ he said.

’’We don’t want to encourage illegal dumping. We should be more proactive than reactive.’’

Blacktown City residents are entitled to up to 12 free council clean ups a year but must book.

Details: 98396000  or go to  blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Resident_Services/Waste_Services/Household_Clean_Up to book online .

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