Annual Residential Hard Waste Collection

Clarence annual hard waste collection to take place early next year

Clarence City Council requested tenders to provide the city’s annual Hard Waste Collection service in August, however no complying responses in line with its needs, namely, the efficient collection of the waste over a short period of time were received.

Clarence City Council Mayor Councillor Doug Chipman said the council still intended to deliver the service to the community but that an agreement with a contractor for the efficient collection of the waste was required.

“Council has authorised the General Manager to seek alternative proposals from a provider to find an acceptable solution, with a plan to deliver the popular service early in 2023,” he said.

“The growth of our municipality and less contractors providing this kind of service due to the work, health and safety implications has meant that finding someone to deliver the service, as we’ve had it done over the last few years, has not been possible at this time.

“To put the growing demand in context, a total of 1,481 tonnes of hard waste was collected last year alone, and our tender process has revealed that getting a provider to deliver this over a four-week period is simply not possible.

“The General Manager and his team will be working with a supplier to develop a service and schedule that can work for the city, ensuring this popular service is carried out early in the new year.”

“We think an early 2023 collection could be good timing for when people have that summer/Christmas clean out.”

Council has provided annual Hard Waste Collection Service to Clarence residents for over 30 years with the service involving collection of large items that are not suitable for collection in the normal waste collection streams, including white goods and electronic waste.

There has been a steady but significant increase in annual tonnes collected during the hard waste collection which was just 671 tonnes in 2017.

Council said it would provide an update on the timing of the service later in the year once an agreement has been reached with a contractor.

This collection service is unrelated to council’s normal kerbside collection services and in recent years has been undertaken by a separate contractor.


Place your items outside on the nature strip before 7.00am on your collection day.

  • Put your items out on the nature strip at least one metre from your wheelie bins the evening before or by 7.00am 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.