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Nillumbik Hard Waste Collection

Residents are entitled to one free hard waste collection per financial year.

Your hard waste collection entitlement is 2 cubic metres – 2 metres long x 1 metre high x 1 metre wide. In feet this equates to 6ft x 3ft x 3ft.

Additional collections can be booked and cost for $98.20 per collection; plus $24.60 each for mattresses/bed bases, & $29.30 per extra fridge/freezer. Collection to be paid by credit card over the phone.

Do not place any waste out until your booking is confirmed.

Please book your collection ASAP and note there may be an extended wait for your hard rubbish to be collected.

Please read the information below along with what is and is not acceptable for information regarding your hard waste collection.

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You should receive a confirmation email immediately after booking outlining your collection week, when and where to place out the waste, the acceptable and unacceptable waste and the amount of waste that can be placed out.

Hard waste

Nillumbik residential ratepayers receive one free hard waste collection each financial year. It can be up to two cubic metres which is 1m wide x 1m high x 2m long.

Two cubic metres is:

  • two double mattresses
  • one double mattress and an additional one cubic metre of material
  • one stove, one fridge, two paint tins
  • one stove, one chair, one roll of carpet
  • one fridge, one chair, 10 pieces of bundled and tied timber


Items placed on the nature strip without a booking are considered as illegal dumping and may result in a fine.


Booking instructions

  • Bookings will be confirmed by email directly after booking is placed. A confirmation SMS will be sent the weekend before your collection is to take place
  • Neatly place items on the nature strip the weekend before the collection week (by 6am Monday morning for collection during that week)
  • Items should be no heavier than two people can lift and less than 1.5m in length
  • Place no more than two cubic metres of items on your nature strip, excess will be left behind
  • Unaccepted items will not be collected – please check the listing below of what will and will not be collected
  • If you are unable to place your waste on the nature strip, make a note in the ‘special instructions’ section of the booking form

Items placed on the nature strip without a booking are considered as illegal dumping and may result in a fine.

Do not leave any items of value near hard waste piles as these will be deemed as hard waste and if taken, no compensation will be given.

What Items can I put out ?

  • Household furniture
  • Up to two mattresses and/or bed bases
  • Electronic appliances (any item with a plug, battery or cord. All batteries must be removed)
  • Whitegoods including washing machines, dishwashers and stoves
  • Fridges (doors removed)
  • Glass, ceramics and crockery (wrapped and labelled)
  • Up to 10 pieces of timber (no longer than 1.5 metres)
  • Carpet rolled and tied (maximum of one roll no longer than 1.5 metres)
  • Hot water systems and lawn mowers
  • Scrap metal items including guttering and window frames
  • Old tools
  • Small car parts (no springs and less than 55kg)
  • Empty paint tins with lids removed

Most materials collected will be recycled or reused where possible.



  • Tyres
  • Batteries of any type
  • Motor oil and engine blocks
  • Garden waste
  • Clay, sand or soil
  • Household waste or recyclables
  • Building and renovation materials including rubble, bricks or cement
  • Fence panels or pallets
  • Asbestos and other hazardous waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Liquids including chemicals, paint, oil and garden sprays
  • Bean bags, polystyrene or foam
  • Waste from commercial or industrial properties


Items may be collected by multiple trucks. To save space and keep costs to a minimum, bulky items are compacted in the trucks. Most items are recycled or reused where possible. All items are taken to the Knox Transfer Station for sorting and recycling. Items that are reusable are sold at the Recycled Goods Store. For a short video on what happens to your waste, visit our contractor's website.

Consider donating, selling or giving away items in good condition first.

The hard waste service is for items that cannot be recycled or reused. See the A-Z recycling page for options.

Not sure?

For any more information on any of our hard rubbish or waste collection services, or any of our other waste management services don’t hesitate to call us on:

03 9721 1915or contact us online.

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