Exclusive suburb descends into 'appalling' dumping ground

Olivia Lambert
News Editor

An exclusive Sydney suburb has turned into a squalid breeding ground for rubbish with people dumping their garbage on footpaths and traffic islands.

Chairs, boxes, clothes, mattresses and furniture have been strewn across parts of Edgecliff, in Sydney’s east – where the median house price is almost $2 million.

Residents are furious after the garbage pile amassed in the past few weeks ahead of a scheduled council clean-up in the area.

Margaret Smith, who jogs through the area, told the Daily Telegraph the squalor was an “eyesore”.

Residents say the rubbish pile is an eyesore. Source: Riley Morgan

“It’s appalling really, that people just take advantage of a council clean-up like this,” she said.

“I’ve not seen one this big, it wasn’t like this on Friday night so people have obviously just been continually adding to it over the weekend, it’s very annoying.

“It’s definitely a big eyesore.”

In pictures provided to Yahoo News Australia, scenes at Glebe Street show damaged chairs, broken window blinds, dirty clothes and splintered wooden furniture dumped in a massive scrap pile stretching up the street.

One woman told 7 News she was concerned that the rubbish could attract vermin to the suburb.

“Besides being an eyesore it’s probably a nice breeding ground for rats or some kind of pest,” she said.

The rubbish has accumulated on Glebe Street in Edgecliff. Source: Riley Morgan

Woollahra Council was scheduled to pick up the rubbish on January 20, according to its website.

Council pick-up is planned in local government areas for residents to dispose of rubbish they cannot fit in their red bins.

Woollahra Council says on its website residents should place items neatly and safely by the edge of the kerb in front of your own property.

“Box, tie or wrap small items,” the website states.

“Take doors off fridges and other white goods/furniture.”

There are concerns the rubbish pile could attract vermin. Source: Riley Morgan

Residents’ rubbish should not exceed one ute load per household and items are not to be put out after collection day.

A Woollahra Council spokesman told Yahoo News Australia in a statement most of the rubbish had been collected and remaining items left out by residents would be collected today.

“A large volume of items were placed for collection for this clean-up service,” the statement said.

“We ask residents to put out items no earlier than the night before a scheduled collection. Clean-up notices starting at $310 may be issued for non-compliance.”

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