When to put out your hard waste
Put your hard rubbish out no earlier than 48 hours before your collection. This helps to avoid scavenging and keeps your street tidy.
Where to put your hard waste
If you live in a house, put the waste on the naturestrip outside your house.
If you live in an apartment, put the waste:
- on the naturestrip
- if you don't have sufficient space on your naturestrip, ask your neighbour if you can use theirs.
Make sure the footpath is kept clear for pedestrians, prams and wheelchairs and the waste can be easily accessed. If possible, check there are no vehicles parked in front of your hard rubbish pile the night before the collection.
You will receive an orange hard waste sticker in the mail in the days leading up to your collection. Please place this in a visible location on your pile.
What we do and don't collect
How much hard waste can be put out
We can't collect hard waste that exceeds these measurements:
- length: each item must not be longer than 1.5m (about 5ft) [except mattresses]
- weight: 2 people need to be able to lift any item
- total size: no larger than 2 cubic metres (approximately what would fit into 2 small 6ft x 4ft trailers).
If we can't collect an item because it's not accepted or too big or heavy, we'll give you suggestions on how to dispose of it. It's your responsibility to remove any items not accepted so you don't get a litter or Local Laws fine.
Note: Remember that if you place unaccepted items on the naturestrip or footpath, they may be considered dumped rubbish and heavy fines can apply.
If people add to your hard waste pile and you're worried about going over the maximum limit, report the matter as a litter issue or call us on 9278 4444.
To help us send the right items to the right processing facilities, separate your hard waste into 4 piles:
- General hard waste: for example, old kettles, toasters, plates and cups, furniture, wood (no fencing).
- Mattresses: mattresses and bed bases (all sizes) up to 2 items per collection.
- Electronic waste: for example, computers and monitors, TVs and DVD players.
- Larger steel metal items: for example, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges (for safety reasons, tape all doors shut) and small car parts.
For more information, read our hard waste collection brochure.
How we avoid hard waste going to landfill
- Mattresses, metals and e-waste are recycled.
- Furniture, toys and bric-a brac in good condition are donated to charities.