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:

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

Limited, Booked Spring Hard Waste Collection

Council makes available a limited number of pre-booked hard waste collections in Spring each year.

The next limited, booked Spring hard waste collection will run between Monday 10 September and Friday 30 November in 2018.

Bookings open on the 27 August 2018. Collection bookings fill up very quickly so you are advised to book early on 8470 8888. 

Please note that these limited collections are only available to residents who have made a booking in advance.

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. Please see the Conditions of Collection and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

For further information, please phone 8470 8888 or email mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

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 will be collected on different days
  • Items put out late will not be collected.

Winter Area-Based Collection (No booking required)

The next Council-wide, area-based winter collection will take place in winter 2019. We set the dates and times for these each year and collect from a whole area at the same time.

You will receive our hard waste brochure and exact date of your collection two weeks before your areas collection week. 

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 that you need to dispose of at other times please use the following services:

  • 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 at no cost.
  • Kids off the Kerb is a social enterprise that collects from your house at no cost year round. They collect fridges, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and microwaves. For more information see Kids off the Kerb website or call 9982 5600.
  • The Brotherhood of St Laurence collects most white goods from your house at no cost year round. Please note, they do not collect dishwashers, stoves or ovens and all donated items must be clean.  For more information see the Brotherhood of St Laurence website or call 1300 366 283. 
  • Many Charity Stores accept reusable goods year round. Search for a Charity Store near you here.
  • 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.  The next Detox Your Home collection day for Darebin residents will be in 2017.

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.