Hard Waste and Recycling

Options for disposing of hard waste and recyclables.

Free hard waste collections are available for Darebin residents.

Your hard waste and recycling collection

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)

Winter area-based collection (no booking required)

The next Council-wide, area-based winter collection will take place between Monday 1 June and Friday 3 July, for five weeks.

We set the dates and times for these each year and collect from different areas on different weeks during this period.  

You will receive our hard waste and recycling brochure with the exact dates of your collection two weeks before your collection week. This brochure will arrive in your mailbox.

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 those people, like students, whose peak need is spring time when they are moving house. There are a very 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.

Conditions of collection

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.

See the Conditions of Collection and Acceptable and Unacceptable Items, or read the Frequently Asked Questions for further details.

During council's hard waste and recycling collection, it is important to remember:

  • Only place items out between the time and date indicated
  • Different types of items may be collected on different days
  • Do not add to your piles after 6am on the date indicated
  • Items put out late will not be collected.

Further information

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

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. 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

If you have hard waste and recycling that you need to dispose of at other times please use the following services:

Community Recycling Stations

 Our community recycling stations are located at each Customer Service Centre and 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.

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 free. Televisions, and computers and accessories can be recycled here for free.


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.

Clothing and household items

Many Charity Stores accept reusable goods year round. Search for a Charity Store near you here.

Detox Your Home 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.

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 drop your whitegoods off for free at the Kids off the Kerb headquarters in Thomastown 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.