Annual Residential Hard Waste Collection

Hard waste collection is coming soon! Find your collection date here.


Council to deliver annual hard waste collection in early 2023

Clarence residents will receive a hard waste collection service during February and March 2023, following a decision made at Monday night’s council meeting.

The annual collection service was postponed in 2022 after council failed to receive a complying tender for a 19-day collection period.

As a result, council sought alternative proposals with council ultimately settling on a 38-day collection service which will take place over February and March 2023.

There has been significant growth in the volume of hard waste collected in recent years which has made a four-week collection period unrealistic.

A total of 1,481 tonnes of hard waste was collected in 2021 alone – more than double the volume of 671 tonnes collected in 2017.

Clarence City Council Mayor Brendan Blomeley said he was pleased council was able to find new solutions to provide a hard waste collection service to the Clarence community in 2023.

“The growth of our municipality, partnered with less contractors providing this kind of service due to the work, health and safety implications, has meant that finding someone to deliver the service has been challenging,” Mayor Blomeley said.

“We know that the annual hard waste collection service is highly valued by the Clarence community, especially those who are unable to take items to the Mornington Waste Transfer Station themselves.

“We thank the community for their patience during this process.”

Moving forward, council will continue to reassess its approach to the delivery of an annual hard waste collection service.


The full hard waste collection details will be communicated to residents via direct mail as well as being available on council’s website and Facebook page.


Place your items outside on the nature strip before 6.00am on your collection day. Hard waste collection is intended for residential properties only, not commercial.

  • Put your items out on the nature strip at least one metre from your wheelie bins the evening before or by 6.00am on your collection day. Please do not put items out earlier than the day before your collection date.
  • Items must fit within an area two-metre-long by two-metre-wide by one-metre-high and must be easily lifted onto a truck by two people.
  • Don’t place material in bins/containers unless you want the bin/container to be taken away.
  • Remove cords and hoses from electrical items.
  • Remove or securely fasten all doors/lids of items children could fit in.
  • Degas fridges. Degassing must be in accordance with the relevant legislation and undertaken by a registered contractor.

We may refuse to collect items left for collection at residences that don’t meet the requirements. A notice advising this will be placed in the letterbox.

This collection is for large items such as:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Household appliances
  • Junk – bric-a-brac
  • White goods (refrigerator doors need to be removed or securely taped closed)
  • Electronic waste (e-waste)
  • Timber (max 1.5m in length)
  • The amount of carpet that will be collected is limited to no more than one cubic metre and can be lifted onto a truck by two people.
  • Asbestos or ashes
  • All fencing wire (including chicken wire)
  • All roofing material – including but not limited to aluminium, fiberglass, guttering, iron, metal, polymer, polyester and PTFE, tiles etc.
  • Any item longer than 1.5 metres (excluding mattresses and furniture)
  • Building rubble including bricks and concrete
  • Glass, including broken glass
  • Cardboard or other recyclables
  • Chemicals or liquids, including but not limited to engine oil
  • Paint, fuel tins, pressure pack cans
  • Commercial or business waste
  • Engine blocks, car batteries, or any other car parts
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Garden refuse/green waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Items too heavy for easy lifting onto a truck by two people
  • Loose rubble
  • Solar panels
  • Tyres
  • Vegetable matter

It’s too good to throw away

Residents that have items they consider to be good enough to reuse are encouraged to contact their local charity.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to book?

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Bookings are not taken. Simply place your items out for collection the night before your collection date.

What if my material does not fit the guidelines?

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You must make your own disposal arrangements. Rubbish can be delivered to the Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station.

Where does my collected hard waste go?

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The collected hard waste is transported to the Mornington Park Waste Transfer Station where it is processed for possible reuse or to be disposed at Copping as landfill.