Hard Rubbish Collection
Hume City Council offers a free hard rubbish service to all residents living in Hume, including residential ratepayers and those renting homes.
Each year, ratepayers will receive a tip pass on their annual rate notice sent out in August and on instalment reminder notices throughout the year. The Free Tip Passes are not transferable or redeemable for cash or refund.
If you are renting you should visit one of Council's Customer Service Centres with proof of residency, or arrange for a tip pass to be posted to you by providing proof of residency via fax, email or post.
The hard rubbish period is valid from 1 October to 30 September each year.
Please book hard waste collections early, to avoid missing out on using this years entitlement.
What your household is entitled to
All households receive one free home collection of up to three cubic metres of hard waste.
Residents are also entitled to one of the following free additional options:
1. Another home collection of up to 3 cubic metres of hard rubbish; or
2. Two visits to a Hume City Council waste facility to dispose of a load of rubbish in either a single-axle trailer, car boot, van, station wagon, 4WD or utility tray (ute); or
3. One visit to a Hume City Council waste facility to dispose of a load of rubbish in a double axle (tandem axle) trailer.
How do I use the landfill visits?
To use the landfill visits you must present your tip pass at the waste facility gate.
How to book your hard rubbish collection
To organise a hard rubbish collection please make a list of all the items you would like collected. Then call Council's Customer Service Centre on 9205 2200 or visit any of the 3 Customer Service Centres during business hours.
Your list of items will be taken by the Customer Service Officer and you will be provided with a date that your items will be collected.
Due to the high demand for Hard Rubbish collections at the end of each rates year (1 October to 30 September) the availability of household collections fills rapidly.
Please note that once all available collections have been filled there will be no rain checks available.
Where do I place my hard rubbish for collection?
When you have received a booking confirmation from Council's Customer Service team, you can prepare your items for collection.
Please place your items in the front yard of your property. Please do not place items on the nature strip. Items must be placed within 2 metres of the footpath INSIDE your property.
All hard rubbish must be placed within your front yard before 6am on the day of collection, on or near the driveway for easy access.
What items will be collected?
- Old incinerators, old tins, scrap iron, guttering, steel and other waste metal products less than 1.5 metres in length
- Pottery, ceramics and chinaware
- Sheet glass which is securely wrapped and clearly marked as 'glass'
- Household furniture
- All household whitegoods (must have their doors removed)
- Hot water services
- Tools and equipment, car parts, each item less than 30kg weight or 1.5 metres long
- Car tyres only (including 4WD), rims accepted but must be separated from tyre
- Car doors, bonnets, bumper bars
- Open/un-lidded clean rinsed empty metal tanks, drums and paint tins
- Trash and treasure items
- Fences and scrap fencing in quantity – but they must be bundled into a bundle that can be lifted (not dragged) by one person and must be safe so nails must be removed or hammered down
- Wood/timber – the safe and allowed length is no more than 1.5 metres and 1.0 metre in width (no tree branches)
What items won't be collected?
- Items or bundles weighing more than 30 kilograms each (excluding household appliances)
- Items or bundles 1.5 metres or longer
- Building materials
- Commercial or industrial trade wastes
- Waste from erection, renovation or demolition of buildings
- All liquid wastes (including paint, oil or chemicals)
- Household garbage
- Bricks, concrete, rubble, excavation material, plaster, dirt or stones
- Hazardous and/or offensive wastes, including asbestos
- Car engines
- Truck and tractor tyres
- Unwrapped panes of broken glass
- Any material that should be deposited in mobile garbage bins (MGBs) or recycling bins
- Garden organic including branches, tree roots cardboard-boxed\bagged grass clippings
- Gas bottles
- Incinerator, coil springs
- Timber pallets
- Clothes and shoes
- Water tanks
How much is 3 cubic metres?
Your home hard rubbish collection is limited to 3 cubic metres. This is 3metres x 1 metre x 1 metre. In feet this equates to 9 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet. If you wish to have a larger collection of up to 6 cubic metres, this will use two of your home hard rubbish collection entitlements. Excess hard rubbish will not be collected.
Other ways to get rid of those unwanted items
One person's trash can be another person's treasure. There are lots of positive ways to deal with your unwanted items.
You can avoid placing reusable items in your general hard waste by participating in one of the following options:
- Donate your items to your local charity store or arrange for the charity to collect your items
- Promote your unwanted items on a social networking sites such as BuySwapSell or on your Facebook page
- Post a notice up at your work or on community notice board advertising your item(s).
- Sell your item(s) online on sites such as EBAY and Gumtree or advertise in the local paper
- Post your items on a reuse website such as Freecycle.
- Hold a garage sale and enjoy the social perks of meeting locals
The Brotherhood of St Laurence will pick up your old fridges and white goods for free. Items that can be refurbished will be resold in Brotherhood of St Laurence Stores. All other items will be recycled. This service can be accessed by calling 1300 DONATE.
Kids off the Kerb also offer a free collection service for whitegoods including:
- Fridges and freezers
- Washing machines
- Hot plates
- Cook tops
- Column heaters (oil based)
- Split cooling systems
To book a collection or purchase refurbished white goods call 9982 5600.
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 welfare programs.
Download the Hard Rubbish Fact Sheet