What we do and don't collect
To ensure we collect your hard rubbish, you must meet our conditions of collection. These include how, when and what you can put items out for collection.
Items accepted for recycling
Please sort these items into four separate piles:
- scrap metal, including ovens, stoves, washing machines, dryers, BBQs and hot water systems
- bed mattresses and bases
- e-waste, such as TVs, computers, laptops, printers, monitors, keyboards, radios, CD and DVD players, hair dryers and power tools
- a maximum of four car tyres (not 4WD tyres).
Items accepted for landfill
Please keep any of the below items in one neat pile:
- old broken furniture
- toys and sporting equipment (you can also donate them if they're in good condition)
- neatly stacked timber of up to 1.5 metres long and a maximum of 12 pieces (no fence palings)
- up to three rolls of carpet
- floor lino and vinyl
- small glass items like drinking glasses, wrapped and placed in a secured box marked glass (we don't collect glass in plastic bags).
Read our guide for detailed information on items we will and won’t accept as hard waste.
Items that will not be collected
We don't collect any of the following items, and fines may apply if you put them out for collection:
- gas bottles and fire extinguishers (you can also return these to the supplier)
- liquids such as oils and paints
- batteries of any type
- large glass items, e.g. windows, mirrors, shower screens, glass doors
- light globes and tubes
- 4WD or truck tyres
- commercial, industrial or business waste
- building construction and renovation material
You can take any of the above items to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (fees may apply).
Other items you may be able to recycle
- household chemicals - register for the next Detox Your Home event to safely drop off household chemicals
- fridges, freezers and air conditioners - accepted at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (fees may apply)
- mobile phones, cameras, batteries, DVDs and CDs and x-rays - household quantity of these items are accepted free of charge at our Community Recycling Stations
- food and garden waste - use your Food and Green Waste Bin
Please see our A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide for more information.
How to place hard waste
Your household can:
- Place a maximum of one cubic metre of material (equal to two washing machines side by side) out for collection.
- Any excess will not be collected.
Place these items in four separate piles so they can be recycled:
- Place all other items in a neat, separate pile to be collected and sent to landfill.
- All items must be easily lifted by two people and no longer or wider than 1.5m.
- Do not place items out after 6am on the date listed on this brochure.
- Your items may not all be collected on the same day during your collection week, as separate trucks are used for different items. Items placed out late will not be collected.