Your options for waste disposal

Every year, all residents in Hume (both homeowners and renters) have access to a number of free services to help you dispose of waste that you can't put in your household bins.

These services include:

  • two at-home hard waste collections
  • two passes to our Resource Recovery Centres (tip passes)
  • four Hume Clean Days
  • recycling stations for e-waste, batteries and other items
  • tree mulching days and more.

Free Council services

Book a hard waste collection

All households in Hume (both homeowners and renters) are entitled to two free at-home hard waste collections each year. Hard waste collection entitlements are valid between 1 October and 30 September.

Learn more about booking a hard waste collection.

Visit a Resource Recovery Centre ('the tip')

We operate two Resource Recovery Centres (tips), in Campbellfield and Sunbury. All households in Hume (both homeowners and renters) are entitled to two free passes to drop off waste at our Resource Recovery Centres each year. Passes are valid between 1 October and 30 September.

Find out more about visiting the Resource Recovery Centres.

Hume Clean Days

Hume Clean Days are available to help you recycle electronic items, mattresses, whitegoods, tyres and couches. This is in addition to your yearly at-home hard waste collections and tip passes.

Hume Clean Days take place quarterly on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December.

You can bring the following items to our Resource and Recovery Centres in Campbellfield or Sunbury:

  • Mattresses
  • Couches
  • Tyres
  • Whitegoods (including fridges, washing machines and dryers)
  • E-waste (including televisions, computers, printers, DVDs, CDs, speakers, sound equipment, DVD players, video recorders, mobile phones, household appliances)

Any other furniture or waste will attract standard fees and charges.


  • Bolinda Road Resource and Recovery Centre, 71 Bolinda Road, Campbellfield

  • Sunbury Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre, 515 Riddell Road, Sunbury


  • A limit of 15 items from the above list will be accepted per household.
  • Proof of Hume residency (such as drivers licence) is required when dropping off goods. 
  • Single-axle trailer, double axle-trailer, car boot, van, station wagon, 4WD or utility tray (ute) only.
  • No trucks or commercial quantities accepted.

Recycling stations (e-waste, batteries and more)

Recycling stations

Recycling stations are located indoors at the Hume Global Learning Centres in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.

You can drop off a range of things for recycling, including:

  • Mobile phones and cameras
  • Household batteries
  • DVDs, CDs, video tapes and floppy disks (including the cases), and
  • Small e-waste (headphones/earbuds, cords/cables, keyboards/mice, storage cards/USB sticks, remote controls, or anything with a cord or battery).

Items are securely collected by our contractor and phones are restored to factory settings for data protection.

If you are concerned for your privacy, please remove personal information from your devices before putting them in the Recycling Station.

Items placed in the Recycling Stations are reused and upcycled where possible. If they can’t be repurposed, they are recycled.

Larger e-waste such as household appliances and white goods, computers and laptops, televisions and DVD players, lighting equipment and lightbulbs, and electric or electronic tools and toys can be dropped off at our Resource Recovery Centres any time for free or collected as part of a hard waste booking.

Battery recycling

Household batteries can be dropped off for recycling at our battery stations located at:

  • Greenvale West Community Centre, 7 Ventura Way, Greenvale
  • Mickleham North Community Centre, 82–90 St Georges Boulevard, Mickleham
  • Kalkallo Community Centre, 33 Toyon Road, Kalkallo
  • Tullamarine Library, 58 Spring Street, Tullamarine

All small household batteries can be dropped off at these stations. Larger batteries, such as power tool batteries, can be dropped off at our Resource Recovery Centres any time for free.

The following stores also provide free battery and/or e-waste recycling programs:

  • Aldi supermarkets
  • Woolworths supermarkets
  • Bunnings stores 
  • St Vinnies op shops

Check with your local store for more information.

Tree mulching days

A free tree mulching service is available to all Hume residents to dispose of tree branches.

What can I bring to tree mulching days?

A maximum of four cubic metres of clean, freshly cut, tree branches will be accepted for mulching. You will also need to bring proof of Hume residency, such as your rates notice or drivers licence, to participate in the service.

What is not acceptable for mulching?

The following materials will not be accepted for mulching: bricks, concrete, plastic bags, dry timber, wire, grass clippings, thorny plants, roses, vines, palm trees, yuccas, bracken, succulents or pots.

Commercial quantities of materials will not be accepted. Up to four cubic metres (four small trailer loads) can be taken to each mulching day per household. Trucks and trailers with garden maintenance or mowing advertising will not be accepted.

What other services are available for disposing of green waste?

We provide a kerbside organics bin for green waste disposal and operate two tips in Campbellfield and Sunbury that accept green waste for a fee.

Does Council have mulch available to residents?

Mulch may be taken home at the conclusion of each mulching day. Mulch will be available between 2.45pm - 5pm or until dusk at the Maffra Street depot and Sunbury depot locations. For all other locations (Tullamarine Reserve, Greenvale Recreation Centre, Craigieburn Service Depot) mulch will be available if requested when you drop off your green waste. Alternatively, you can leave the mulch for Council to use at our parks and reserves.

When and where are mulching days held? 

Other waste disposal options

Community e-waste recycling

You can recycle your e-waste for free at any time by visiting Council's resource recovery centres in Campbellfield and Sunbury.

You can also dispose of mobile phones, cameras and DVDs at Council's Recycling Stations located at Hume Global Learning Centres in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.

A number of companies also have environmental initiatives and allow for recycling of certain kinds of e-waste:

  • Recycle up to five items of selected e-waste at participating Officeworks stores. Accepted items include desktop computers, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives. Nearby participating stores include Campbellfield, Coburg and Airport West.
  • Recycle AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable) at ALDI and Bunnings stores (you can also recycle power tool batteries at Bunnings)
  • Recycle household batteries, mobile phones, phone chargers, mobile wireless modems, wearable technology (such as smartwatches and fitness trackers) at Woolworths stores
  • Mobile Muster has drop-off points in many different stores including phone stores and op-shops, find a drop-off point near you.
  • Enable Australia in Broadmeadows recycles IT equipment for use as a social enterprise to directly support work skills activities for local disadvantaged job seekers.

If the items are still in working order, you could also donate, sell or give the items away to either friends and family or by posting them on a Buy, Swap, Sell website, Facebook groups, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace.

Donations and recycling

One person's trash can be another person's treasure. You can avoid placing reusable items in your general hard waste by doing the following:

  • Donate items in good working condition to your local charity store, or arrange for the charity to collect your items.
  • Sell or donate your unwanted items on social networking sites such as Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.
  • Post a notice up at your work or on community notice board advertising your item(s).
  • Post your items on a reuse website such as Freecycle.
  • Hold a garage sale and enjoy the social perks of meeting locals.

Enable Australia offers a free drop off service for e-waste at their Broadmeadows Recycling Centre, Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. The following items can be dropped off free of charge:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • LCD monitors
  • Printers
  • Keyboards, mice and cables
  • Server and networking equipment
  • Phones

Diabetes Australia can pick up unwanted clothing, toys and small household items for resale in Savers Stores. All proceeds go towards funding Diabetes Australia's health and welfare programs.

Compost and worm farms

Over 40 per cent of the garbage in Hume’s red bin is food and garden scraps. These scraps end up in landfill where they create harmful greenhouse gases and pollute our environment. There’s a better way!

Reduce your food waste

Did you know that the average Victorian household throws away over $2,000 worth of wasted food per year? You can save money and the environment by taking some simple steps like planning your meals and making a shopping list, storing your food well and using your leftovers to create delicious new meals. 

Visit Sustainability Victoria and Food Know How for handy resources and to learn more about how you can save food and money.

Composting and worm farming

You can turn your food scraps into nutrient rich compost for your garden. Council has partnered with Compost Community a free education program to make it easy for you to recycle your food waste.

Hume residents can access a 70 per cent discount on compost bins, worm farms and bokashi systems.

To access discounted prices, all you have to do is:

  1. Join Compost Community
  2. Read about what composting system might be best for your household
  3. Order your product and will be delivered free.

Discounted products are only available to Hume residents (home owners and renters). One composting system is available per household.

A limited number of products and discounts are available per year. This offer will be unavailable when this number is reached. 

Household chemicals (Detox Your Home)

Sustainability Victoria hosts free household chemical collection days. Register for this free event online or call 1300 363 744. A full list of upcoming Detox Your Home collections is available on Sustainability Victoria's website.

Skip bin permits

Council offers many options to dispose of hard waste for free, including at-home hard waste collection and tip passes for every residential rate payer and those renting homes.

If you require a skip bin, the company you hire must apply to Council for permission to place bins on the carriageway or nature strip. Council's Policy is based on the VicRoads Code of Practice for the Placement of Bins on Roadsides.

For domestic waste, a casual permit fee of $51.85 per bin for each placement is payable. Download the Skip Bin Permit Application Form(PDF, 147KB)

Building site waste containers (including skip bins) will require an Asset Protection Permit to occupy a road as part of building works or a building site under Part 4 of the Hume City Council General Local law No. 1. Enquiries should be made with Building Control Services.

The applicant is required to fully comply with Council's Shipping Containers and Waste Skips Policy(PDF, 208KB) .

Penalties for not complying with the Local Law may include an on-the-spot infringement of $200, or if warranted the company may be summonsed to appear at a Magistrates Court where the maximum penalty may be up to $2000.

Bins that do not comply with Council's Policy and that have been placed in a dangerous situation will be impounded by Council and all costs involved will be charged to the bin owner.

Asbestos removal and disposal

Transportation and disposal of asbestos is controlled by the EPA.

Go to the EPA website to find out about:

  • asbestos identification
  • asbestos removal
  • asbestos disposal.

Waste in our community

Community litter bins and smokers poles

To request a new litter bin or smokers pole, please send your request to us in writing via email or call us on 9205 2200.

Please include the location and reason for installation in your request. All requests for litter bins and smokers poles will be reviewed and you will be contacted with the outcome of the review. 

Graffiti removal and dumped rubbish

Council is committed to creating a clean and tidy city - and we need your help. You can help us clean up dumped rubbish, litter and graffiti by reporting it as soon as you see it.

Report an issue

Dumped rubbish, litter and graffiti make an area look untidy and uncared for. Studies have shown that small crimes, such as littering, can lead to more serious crimes if left unattended.

Graffiti on private property

Maintaining your property and removing any litter and graffiti quickly sends a message that you are proud of your property and reduces any recognition time for the graffiti.

Council provides free graffiti removal kits for residents to help clean up small areas of graffiti. To obtain a kit, visit a Customer Service Centre with proof of Hume residency. Please note that kits cannot be mailed out. There are two types of kits available -  for sensitive surfaces, such as painted walls and fences, and brick and masonry surfaces.

For larger areas of graffiti, Council has a graffiti removal trailer that targets hot spots such as parks, playgrounds, shop fronts, buildings, fences and laneways.