Hard Waste and Recycling

Options for disposing of hard waste and recyclables.

Free hard waste collections are available for Darebin residents.

Council provides two free hard waste and recycling collections for Darebin residents each year:

  • Winter - a Council-wide, area-based collection (no booking required)
  • Spring - a limited number of pre-booked collections (booking required)

    Spring booked collection (booking required, limited collections available)

    The next spring limited collection will run from September 2020. Exact dates and booking information will be confirmed closer to the collection.

    The spring collection is offered to complement the winter collection for people, like students, whose peak need is spring time when they are moving house. There are a limited number of places available in the spring collection, so residents are advised to book early as places fill quickly. Residents are advised of the exact date of their collection at the time of booking.

    Click here to find where to recycle or safely dispose of items at other times of the year.

    Winter area-based collection (no booking required)

    The Council-wide, area-based winter collection generally takes place in June each year and runs for five weeks. The next area-wide collection will be held in 2021.

    We set the dates and times for the collection each year and collect from different areas of Darebin on different weeks. 

    You will receive a hard waste and recycling brochure in your letterbox two weeks before your collection week. Your brochure will let you know the dates and times you can place items out for collection, as well as other important information to ensure your items are collected. 

    How to place items out for collection

    • Only place items out between the time and date indicated on your brochure
    • Your household can place a maximum of one cubic metre of material out for collection (equal to two washing machines side by side). Please note that any excess will not be collected
    • Different types of items may be collected on different days
    • Do not add to your piles after 6am on the date indicated on your brochure
    • Items put out late will not be collected.

    To ensure your hard waste and recycling is collected you must meet the Conditions of Collection. Conditions include how, when and what you can put out for collection.

    Acceptable and Unacceptable Items 

    Items that are collected and recycled (place these items in four separate piles):

    • Scrap metal (including ovens, stoves and hot water systems)
    • Mattress and bed base (one bed and one base per property)
    • E-waste (electronic waste) such as such as TVs, computers, laptops, small servers, printers, monitors, keyboards, computer mouses, radios, CD and DVD players, hair dryers and power tools
    • Car tyres (maximum of four, no 4WD tyres).

    Items that are collected and sent to landfill (place in one neat pile):

    • Household goods (old and broken furniture, crockery and odds and ends)
    • Toys and sporting equipment (if in good condition consider donating these items)
    • Timber (up to 1.5 metres in length, no more than 12 pieces, neatly stacked). No fence palings
    • Carpet (three rolls maximum), lino and vinyl
    • Small glass items and crockery (unbroken) such as drinking glasses (wrapped, placed in a secured box and marked “glass”). Glass in plastic bags will not be collected.

    Items that are not collected. Do not place these items out (fines may apply).

    • Asbestos – must be transported and disposed of by a professional. Visit Asbestos Victoria for more information
    • Gas bottles and fire extinguishers – return to the supplier or the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, charges apply
    • Oils and paint – can be taken to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, charges may apply
    • Hazardous items such as toilets
    • Liquids or chemicals – can be recycled at a Detox Your Home event
    • Household and car batteries – can be taken to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
    • White goods (including fridges, freezers, washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers, clothes dryers). See our section on white goods.
    • Building construction and renovation material (including bricks, rubble, concrete, plasterboard, fence palings, cement sheeting) can be taken to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, charges may apply
    • Mobile phones, cameras, batteries, light globes, DVDs and CDs and x-rays – can be dropped off at a Community Recycling Station.
    • Household waste (including food waste and nappies), garden waste (including tree prunings and soil) and household recycling (including cardboard boxes) 
    • Large or broken glass items (including windows, mirrors, glass sheets, shower screens, doors)
    • Bean bags, bean bag filling or polystyrene packing balls
    • Car bodies and car parts
    • Coil springs
    • Soil, sand, screenings, rocks and stones
    • 4WD or truck tyres
    • Commercial, industrial or business waste.

    Many of these items are accepted at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre. Fees may apply depending on the item.

    Further information

    Phone 8470 8888 or email mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

    Check our frequently asked questions for further details about the collections

    Blocks of flats, units or apartments can access the hard waste and recycling collections the same way as other residents, as long as they are entitled to Council waste collection services and do not have private waste collection. If your flat, unit or apartment is entitled to Council waste collection services, place items out as indicated.

    Winter (area-based collections): Residents are notified by mail approximately two weeks prior to their collection date. 


    Spring (limited, booked collections):
    Residents are notified of the date of their booked collection at the time that they make their booking.

    One cubic metre (1m3, about equal to one 6’ x 4’ trailer or two washing machines side by side). All waste and recycling must be no longer or wider than 1.5 metres and not too heavy for two people to safely lift. Items must be able to be safely lifted and placed safely in the vehicle. You must strictly adhere to these limits and requirements.
    Winter collection: Your items can be placed out for collection no earlier than the Saturday before your collection week and no later than 6am on the Monday of your collection week.

    Spring collection: You will be notified when to place your items out at the time of booking your collection.
    In front of your property on the nature strip, separated into piles of recyclable and non-recyclable materials. If you don’t have a nature strip please wait until as late as possible on the Sunday night before collection to put your items out. Place your items as close as possible to the kerb. The best location is generally where you place your waste bins. Please try to keep footpath access as clear as possible. Do not place items on the road. Items will not be collected from inside property lines or lane ways.
    No. Skip bins are not available from Council. If skip bins are required for other uses they must be hired privately. Council will not empty skip bins or any other receptacle as part of the hard waste and recycling collection. Check with Council for requirements about skip bins as they are not permitted on Council land or roads.

    Some materials may be harmful to collectors and the environment, or may damage the compactor on the truck. Collectors are not licensed to handle some materials like paint and asbestos. You must organise disposal of unacceptable items yourself.

    If you receive a knock-back notice in your letterbox, please read it and follow the instructions. It will explain why items have been left behind. Often it will identify how you can dispose of these unacceptable items safely. It is your responsibility to remove or arrange removal of the items in the time frame identified on the knock-back notice.

    For items that pose a threat to public health or safety, immediate removal is required. For other items, immediate removal is also required. These details will be included in your knock-back notice. You may be fined if you fail to comply with these requirements.

    It is possible that your hard waste and recycling may be collected over several days. Different types of materials may be collected on different days. For example, metal may be collected separately from furniture, televisions and computers may be collected separately from carpet.

    All acceptable items will be removed from your nature strip by the end of the week, but you must NOT add to your pile once the collections have started or some items may not be collected.

    You are not required to be present for your collection, as long as the material is placed out for collection at the times specified.

    If you miss the collection, you can wait for the following winter or spring collection. There are also a range of options available for residents to recycle or safely dispose of items at other times of the year. See the Resource Recovery page for more information.

    Mattresses, scrap metals, tyres, and e-waste (televisions, computers and accessories and other electronic waste) will be collected separately and taken to be recycled. Other items and material are sent to landfill. 

    Remember, it’s best to find a new home for items that are in good condition first, as items that aren’t recycled as part of the collection go to landfill. Donate, sell, swap, share and repair as much as you can before placing items out for hard waste. 
     

    The annual winter hard waste and recycling collection is coming up. Now is a good time to think about cleaning up around the home, so why not have a decluttering day!

    You have a limited amount of material (one cubic meter) in your hard waste and recycling collection. Only some types of items are recycled from these collections, with many items going to landfill. Why not pass on reusable and recyclable items first and save your hard waste and recycling collection space for items you can't reuse, re-gift or recycle?

    There are many things you can do with unwanted items – like re-gifting or giving them away. You could even make some money by selling your items online – maybe even find a local online swap. Local charity stores are a good option – many of them will even collect items from your home.

    Don’t forget that the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre social enterprise in Kurnai Ave, Reservoir, will take many reusable and/or recyclable items for free. For furniture and other reusable items in good condition, call ahead to check if they need them. For more information see the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre website or call 9462 3455.

    If you ever have hard waste that you need to dispose of, refer to the hard waste section of our website or phone Customer Service for more information.

    Further information:
    Customer Service
    Phone: 8470 8888
    Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

    Before putting your items out for collection, consider other ways you can repair, reuse or recycle items. If your items are in good condition, or need minor repairs, it's best to find a new home for them first. By doing this, you're reducing valuable resources going to landfill and supporting a community of reuse.

    Mend and repair broken items

    If you have an item that is broken, torn or needs fixing, you can give your items a second life by repairing them and saving them from landfill. If you are not sure how, you can visit a local Repair Cafe session, visit one of Darebin's local repair businesses, or go online to view the many great videos on mending, DIY, and repair tips and tricks.

    Re-home or Donate Good Quality Items

    Re-home good quality items or goods that need minor repairs for free, or sell them online. Try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Good Karma NetworkGumtree, Trading Post, eBay or freecycle.

    Unwanted bicycles and bicycle parts can be donated to WeCycle - a volunteer-run community bikeshed in Northcote. Donated bicycles are refurbished and re-homed to people who need them. For more information on donating bicycles visit the WeCycle website here.

    Unwanted baby and children's accessories and toys in good condition can be donated to Big Group Hug for re-homing. Find more information on what is accepted and how to donate here.

    You can also donate in store to local op shops in Darebin – find your local store on our Darebin Op Shop guide map. The funds raised from selling your second-hand items help improve social outcomes and support people who experience disadvantage. Ensure your items are in good condition. Please note that some op shops may be closed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have items to donate please phone ahead to ensure the store is open and you can donate responsibly. You can also save your donations for when stores reopen or check if they have a donation bin available. 

    Darebin Resource Recovery Centre 

    The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre  is open year round and accepts a large range of items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal – many are accepted for free.Visit www.darebin.vic.gov.au/resourcerecovery for a full list of accepted items and fees and charges.

    Community Recycling Stations

    Council's community recycling stations are located at each Customer Service Centre and at Bundoora Park Visitor's Centre. They accept household quantities of:

    • Household batteries (please tape all 9V and 6V batteries at the terminals, small cell batteries should be wrapped in tape before being placed inside the station)
    • Light globes and compact fluorescent tubes (CFLs)
    • X-rays
    • Cameras and accessories (remember to wipe your data)
    • Mobile phones and accessories (remember to wipe your data)
    • DVDs, CDs and video tapes

    We are no longer accepting corks and ring pulls in the community recycling stations. Ring pulls can be left on aluminium cans and placed in your recycling bin. There is currently no recycling option for cork in Australia. However, they can be reused for craft purposes, as garden mulch or can be placed in a compost bin (not your green waste bin).

    If you have large quantities of the above items, please visit the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre. Fees may apply.

    If you have commercial quantities of the above items, please visit Planet Ark's Business Recycling website for options.

    Whitegoods

    Kids off the Kerb are a social enterprise that collect whitegoods from your house for FREE year round. They collect fridges, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and microwaves. Phone Kids Off The Kerb (9982 5600) to arrange a FREE collection. Please note, there can be a waiting period prior to your items being collected. Alternatively, you can take these items to Kids off the Kerb at 9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown Victoria during their trading hours.

    Household Chemical Disposal Program

    The Detox Your Home program is a free disposal service provided by Sustainability Victoria for most household chemicals, liquid waste and fertilisers. Collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.  Visit the Detox Your Home website to find the next drop off day in Darebin..

    Further Information

    Customer Service
    Phone: 8470 8888
    Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

    Council only accepts limited types of white goods in the hard waste and recycling collection, such as ovens and stoves. White goods such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and microwaves are not collected by Council.

    These items are collected for free by Kids off the Kerb. White goods donated to this organisation are either reused or recycled - meaning less waste to landfill. Items can be old units or no longer used units either working or in non-working condition.                                                                 

    To book your FREE collection with Kids off the Kerb call 9982 5600. Please note, there can be a waiting period prior to your items being collected so please book in advance.

    Alternatively, you can take these items to Kids off the Kerb at 9 Dunstans Court, Thomastown Victoria during business hours (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 12.30pm). For a full list of other household items that can be donated please visit the Kids off the Kerb website.

    Video: We provide annual hard waste collections from your home, and recycling services at our Resource Recovery Centre.