Residents are entitled to book up to 3 hard waste collections per financial year this includes:
- General hard waste collection
- Mattress and/or ensemble collection (to be booked separately)
You are entitled to place up to two (2) cubic metres (2m long x 1m wide x 1m high, the equivalent of a standard trailer load) out for collection. Please see below for what items will and will not be accepted.
If you are unsure of the amount you are placing out for collection, use this calculator tool to assist you. Simply tick the items you have placed out for collection and it will calculate the volume for you.
Do you have electrical items (E-waste)? If so click here.
- Placed on the verge no earlier than 24 hours before your collection date and no later than 6:00am on the collection day. Residents will be asked to remove their waste from the kerbside if placed out earlier than permitted, fines may apply if items are not removed.
- Items dumped at the kerbside without a confirmed booking could incur a illegal dumping/littering fine. (This is in accordance with the illegal dumping provisions under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016—1.7.2017; a continuation of by-laws undersection 240 of the Local Government Act 1999.)
If you require assistance with moving your hard waste please contact your council as elderly residents or those with a disability may be eligible for assistance. Please allow for plenty of time for a booking to be made.
Mattress collection – must be booked separately
Mattresses and ensemble bases must be booked separately for recycling.
One (1) mattress collection counts for one (1) mattress, one (1) ensemble or one (1) mattress and ensemble combination so long as it fits within the allocated two (2) cubic metres (2m long x 1m wide x 1m high).
Booking changes or cancellations
If the booking needs to be cancelled or changed, you can do this by no later than 2 full business days prior to your scheduled collection date by:
- Going into your booking in the self-service portal and cancelling it, or
- Contacting East Waste by email (email@example.com) or phone 8347 5111.
If changes or cancellations are made 2 or more days before your booking, then a credit will be issued to use towards a future booking.
If no notice is received the booking will count as 1 collection toward the annual allowance and you will forfeit any fees paid.
If your items are not presented for collection by 6am on the day of your scheduled collection, this will still be counted as a collection, and you will forfeit any fees paid.
What CAN be collected as Hard Waste?
|Air conditioners (please ensure that they are degassed by a licenced professional before placing them on the kerbside)|
|Bikes and toys|
|Blinds and window coverings|
|Car seats (please cut straps so that old and damaged seats that are unsafe are not picked up and re-used) OR recycle them at RAA Child Safety Centre, 101 Richmond Road Mile End.|
|Dismantled clothes lines|
|Hot water services|
|Mattresses (needs to be booked as a separate collection)|
|Refrigerators and freezers (please ensure that they are degassed by a licenced professional and remove doors for safety)|
|Sheets of iron and guttering (up to 2 metre lengths)|
|Small items of scrap metal|
|Timber off cuts (up to 2 metre lengths) *ensure that any nails are removed or bent over|
|Washing machines and driers|
|Wooden pallets – non-refundable/returnable|
What CANNOT be collected as Hard Waste?
|Ammunition, explosives or flares (contact the Police 131 444)|
|Batteries (Click here for options)|
|Bean Bags; place both bag and polystyrene balls (contained in a bag to prevent spillage), in your red landfill bin.|
|Business or industrial waste (take to your local waste & recycling depot or licenced transfer station or arrange a business/industrial waste collection service)|
|Bricks, rocks, dirt, pavers, PVC pipe, concrete and building materials (Click here for options)|
|Car tyres (Click here for options)|
|Car parts (e.g.gear boxes engine blocks and panels can be recycled through a car dismantler or scrap metal business)|
|Carpet, floor coverings or underlay (book a collection with Recycle360, fees apply ph: 8280 8700)|
|Co-mingled recycling (place in your yellow lidded recycling bin)|
|Fire extinguishers (Click here for options)|
|Food and Garden Organics (place in your green organics bin)|
|Gas bottles (Click here for options)|
|Glass items or items containing glass (take to your local waste & recycling depot or licenced transfer station)|
|Hazardous materials (e.g. asbestos, chemicals, batteries, liquids, motor oils and paints)|
|Items too heavy for two people to lift (e.g. water softeners)|
|Material with protruding nails and screws (please remove or bend over)|
|Tree and shrub prunnings. Click here for alternative options and garden organics drop off locations|
Excess Garden Organics options
Why can’t tree branches and prunnings be collected through the Hard Waste collection service?
When collected through the hard waste collection, garden waste material is not able to be separated and transported to a composting facility. This means that these compostable resources are lost to landfill. Most hard waste items are used for alternative fuel, however green garden waste it not suitable for this process due to the moisture content.
Options for garden waste disposal:
- Chop up your tree branches and prunnings into small pieces (no larger than 15cm wide x 60cm long) and place them in your green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin.
- Lease an additional green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin from Council. CLICK HERE to access the additional bin application form (fees apply)
- Use a mulcher to mulch your garden materials then use the mulch in your garden.
- Take the material to Adelaide City Council’s Green Waste and Mulch Depot– Corner War Memorial Drive & Bundeys Road- Ph: 8203 7203. Open Tuesday – Friday 7.30am–3pm, Saturday 10am–3.45pm, Charges apply.
The following locations also accept excess garden materials (fees may apply, please contact and check that locations are open):
- Adelaide Hills – Gumeracha, Woodside and Heathfield
- Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
- Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre
- Lynton Green Organics Drop-off Facility
- Metro Waste
- NAWMA Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre
- Newton Transfer Station (9 Virginia Rd, Newton. ph: 1300 362 362)
- NAWMA Pooraka Resource Recovery Centre
- Wingfield Waste and Recycling Centre
Please do not dispose of any e-waste in any of your bins. Many e-waste items contain hazardous substances including lead, mercury and phosphorous, which will become a hazard if they are crushed in collection trucks.
Electronic waste (e-waste) has been banned from landfill since 2013. Placing e-waste items in a bin for collection or transport for disposal at a landfill depot can be an offence and attract expiation fines of $300; fines of up to $30,000 can apply for intentional or reckless breaches.
Did you know you can drop electrical items off for recycling at many locations listed on our Electronic Recycling page? Sites are accessible during most days of the week and accept most items for free. Please check with each location for details.
When will my waste be collected?
General Hard Rubbish Collections:
An available collection date can be selected from the self-service booking portal. Available dates will range from 1-3 weeks time. However during periods of high demand this period may be longer.
An available collection date can be selected from the self-service booking portal. Available dates will range from 1-2 weeks time.
Keep your hard waste safe and tidy
Please ensure the hard waste outside your property is placed and maintained safely until collected. This can be achieved by:
- adequately securing items so they do not fall out when lifted
- ensuring items are not obstructing the road or footpath especially sharp or hazardous materials
- not stacked too high, lay taller items down
- ensuring items are less than 2 metres in length – break larger items up if possible
- ensuring items are not greater than 50kg, to be safely lifted by two people
- removing all doors from fridges and freezers
- ensuring that air-conditioner units, fridges and freezers are degassed by a licenced professional before placing them on the kerbside
- removing or bending over all sharp protruding objects such as nails and screws
What happens to hard waste after collection?
Smarter solution for hard waste disposal
Rather than going to landfill, unwanted household hard rubbish items are used to produce alternative fuel. Adelaide SUEZ-ResourceCo’s alternative fuels facility at Wingfield recycles or re-uses 95 per cent of all incoming materials. This compares with about 20-30 per cent if sent to landfill.
Electronic waste, metal and glass are extracted and recycled through specialised recycling facilities. The remainder of the hard waste material is used as Process Engineered Fuel (PEF). This initiative commenced with City of Burnside in 2016 (read more here) and now all seven of East Waste’s member Council’s hard refuse is processed this way, diverting over 3,000 tonnes from landfill each year.
Mattresses and ensembles are collected separately and recycled through Distribution 360. 75 per cent of the materials are recycled including, timber, materials/textiles, steel springs, and other metal components.
Reuse & recycle options
Avoid or reduce:
Purchasing low quality, non-durable items as these may break and need to be disposed of more readily.
Choose to Re-Use:
Reusing is an important part of the waste avoidance hierarchy and many hard rubbish items can be reused. Consider donating items in good condition to a family member, friend or local charities so that they can be reused, before being recycled or sent to landfill as hard rubbish.
Most Op shops and charities are not able to accept electrical items, so please call and check with them first.
- Old Furniture: Refurbish and repurpose into new masterpieces for yourself, to sell or donate them to charity.
- Whitegoods and homewares: Second hand items can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of a brand new item.
- Sell, Swap, Share or Donate: Durable, good quality items can used again by others. There are several websites promoting the re-use of items through resale, swapping, sharing and donating:
- Facebook Marketplace
- Buy, swap, sell and giveaway’ groups on Facebook:
- Mobo Group’s Salvage and Save can collect good quality items.
- Lions, Rotary Clubs and Salvos can collect good quality items.
- Drop off items to your local charity shop; eg. Vinnies or RSPCA
- Garage Sale: Garage sales are a great way to sell and buy second hand goods.
Repair and Restore:
If it’s broken, why not fix it? There are great ‘how to’ videos and manuals online. If you haven’t got time to do it yourself, take it to a repair shop or get a handyman to help. This will also save you the cost of buying a new item to replace it.
Repair through a Repair Café:
Repair Cafes and shops allow items to be repaired and at the fraction of the price of for purchasing new.
Repair Cafe’s are listed here: https://www.adelaidesustainabilitycentre.org.au/projects/repair-cafes/
Take your unwanted items to a recycling centre. Eg. Electronic waste items.
Recycle your car seats at RAA!
We encourage you to take your old car seats to the RAA Child Safety Centre, 101 Richmond Road Mile End, where they will be recycled.
Cost is $5 per seat and if you are a RAA member you will receive a voucher to go towards your next purchase. If you have any questions about the scheme please contact the RAA Child Safety Centre on 08 8202 4592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compost and mulch:
Your tree and shrub prunings can be composted or mulched and used in your home garden. Alternatively you can place small cut up pieces into your green
Disposal to landfill should be the last resort option:
If items are not repairable, saleable or reusable then an alternative service to dispos or recycle hard waste materials throught the following Council depots or transfer stations:
Campbelltown Works Depot
Electrical & household chemical waste
6 Newton Road, Campelltown
ph: 8366 9222
Open: Monday – Friday 8am-3pm
Welland Waste & Recycling Depot
158 Frederick Street Welland
Ph: 8340 2200
Open 7 days; Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
19-25 Murray Street Thebarton
Ph: 8443 8827
Open 7 days; Mon – Fr: 8 am till 5 pm, Sat: 8 am till 4 pm, Sun: 9 am till 4 pm, Public Holidays: 9 am till 4 pm
4 Murray Street, Thebarton
Ph: 8443 4716
Open 7 days; Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Closed Public Holidays
Newton Transfer Station
9 Virginia Road, Newton
Open 7 days a week 7.30 am – 5.00 pm Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Ph: 8365 0025
Wingfield Waste & Recycling Centre
412 Hanson Rd,
Wingfield SA 5013
ph: 08) 8345 4318