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Garbage collectors have started removing a huge pile of rubbish at the Sydney home of a family of hoarders, but neighbours say it won't stay clean for long.
Waverley Council contractors arrived on Friday morning to pick up rotting garbage at the house in the beachside suburb of Bondi.
They are making their way through about 200 cubic metres of waste, which has been building up at the Boonara Avenue property since 2006.
Mary Bobolas and her daughters, Elena and Liana, lost their court case last month after nearly a decade of legal wrangles with the council over the removal of the rubbish.
Terry Kudmore, 71, has lived opposite since 1977 and says the enormous mound of garbage has been a constant problem for the street.
Unless the council made a rolling order and cleaned up the front yard as the rubbish accumulated, the problem wouldn't go away, he said.
"It's a bandaid (solution). It hasn't worked ... why would it work now?" Mr Kudmore told AAP.
He claims the women have stored "bags and bags and bags" of extra rubbish in a house down the street, ready to top up the pile once the contractors leave.
"As soon as (the removalists) are gone, they'll bring them all back."
He said the eyesore had shaved $480,000 off the sale of the house next door.
"Why should I lose half a million dollars on the value of my house? That really peeves me off," he said.
Flats next to the home are abandoned because rats used to run up a tree between the hoarders' property and into the units, he said.
Waverley Council general manager Arthur Kyron said the council's first priority would be to make sure the rubbish doesn't heap up again.
"There are obviously underlying factors causing this problem to continue to occur," he said in a statement.
A community support service has been on site to offer the Bobolas family support during the clean-up, and police have attended.
The council plans to charge the family for the cost of the clean-up after spending about $350,000 in cleaning costs since 2006.
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