Hard Waste Collection


Wellington Shire Council conducts an annual Hard Waste Collection from residences in declared garbage collection areas which have a kerbside bin collection.

Hard Waste Collection

Hard waste collection for 2023 was held across October and November.

Details for the 2024 hard waste collection will be posted to this page once the dates are finalised.

Collection/Disposal of Sandbags

Helpful information for the disposal of used sandbags:

The Incident Control Centre for recent flooding is still working through the most appropriate way to collect used sandbags.

Our advice at the moment is to stack them on your nature strip, ensuring that if you also have a hard waste pile, that the two are separate and contractors can distinguish between them.

If you're eligible for hard waste, please note that sandbags will not be collected as part of your hard waste. If you add them to your hard waste collection, it will not be collected.

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Items Acceptable for Hard Waste Collection

The following items will be collected:

  • Baths, Basins and Shower Bases
  • Car Batteries
  • China, Pottery and Ceramics
  • Empty Household Oil Tanks and Drums
  • Floor Coverings (Such as carpets, linoleum and rugs).
  • Hand Tools
  • Household Furniture (Such as chairs, tables and sofas).
  • Refrigerators and Freezers (Please ensure door locks are removed).
  • Steel and Scrap Metal (Will be collected, but must be piled separately to all other waste items).
  • Stoves (Please make sure door locks are removed).
  • Timber - Up to 12 pieces (Must not exceed 1.5 metres (5ft) in length).
  • Washing Machines and Dryers

Items Unacceptable for Hard Waste Collection

The following items will not be collected:

  • Asbestos
  • Building Materials (Such as concrete, bricks, plaster, windows or demolition waste).
  • Building Waste (Including excavation waste).
  • E-Waste (Any item that needs a plug or battery to work).
  • Engine Blocks
  • Fencing Wire
  • Gas Bottles
  • Green Garden Waste (Such as tree prunings, flower cuttings, rocks, soil or grass clippings).
  • Household Rubbish
  • Industrial Waste
  • Liquid Waste (Including containers filled with liquids).
  • Mattresses and Bases
  • Poisons
  • Recyclable Materials (Such as newspapers, cardboard and plastic containers).
  • Sewage and Sewage Pipes
  • Tins of Paint
  • Trade Waste
  • Tyres
  • Waste (As prescribed under the Environment Protection (Prescribed Waste) Regulations 1998.

Hard Waste Collection Guidelines

When placing you Hard Waste out for collection, please ensure:

  • Hard waste is not placed on nature strips more than 7 days prior to your collection dates
  • Hard waste products are placed on your nature strip only
  • The limit for hard waste materials is 1.5m³ per household
  • No hard waste is placed over a fire plug or water valve or near a power pole
  • Hard waste must be able to be lifted / handled safely by two (2) persons in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety standards
  • Steel and scrap metal are piled separately to all other waste items
  • Unacceptable or rejected items left behind by collectors are removed from your nature strip within 48 hours of notification

Hard Waste Size Limit

The limit for hard waste materials is 1.5m³ per household. As a guide, a standard 6x4 trailer holds approx 1m³.

Our contractors will reject items which exceed the 1.5m³ limit.

Rejected Hard Waste

Unacceptable items will not be collected.

The items will be taped and a notice will be left which explains to the householder or property owner why the items have been rejected.

The notice will request that rejected items are removed from your nature strip within a 48 hour period. Items not removed from nature strips within the designated period may incur penalties.

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