Hard rubbish

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What is hard rubbish?

Hard rubbish is a waste disposal and recycling service for items that are too large to dispose of through regular household waste disposal. Most metropolitan councils provide hard rubbish and waste collection to its households free of charge once a year. Some councils collect hard rubbish at a specific time each year, but many councils are choosing to use a booking system to make the process more convenient for residents.

Why hard rubbish collections?

Hard rubbish waste collections offer a convenient way to dispose of items too large for regular household refuse disposal, or for items with specific disposal requirements such as mattresses and whitegoods. Dispose of your hard rubbish using a waste collection service to:

  • de-clutter your house of possessions, appliances and furniture that are no longer in working order
  • reduce landfill
  • reduce littering and dumping
  • ensure that larger items are properly disposed of and recycled where possible.

How to recycle hard rubbish

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Before disposing of items through your hard rubbish collection, consider whether they could be reused or recycled in another way. Items in good condition might be taken to your local charity store, given to friends or sold through online forums, for example.

Check with your council

Use WM Waste Management’s council search to find out about hard rubbish waste collection in your area, or contact your council directly to find out whether there will be an annual collection in your area, or if you need to book a hard rubbish waste collection.

Items that can be disposed of through hard rubbish collections

  • assorted household waste
  • books
  • clothing
  • DVD and video players and videotapes
  • e-waste (televisions, computers and other electronic equipment)
  • furniture
  • garden waste / bundled branches (only some councils)
  • household appliances
  • mattresses
  • whitegoods including fridges, freezers and washing machines
  • other items that cannot be placed in regular waste or recycling bins provided by your council.

What happens to hard rubbish after it has been collected?

The way your hard rubbish is processed will vary from council to council. Some councils will donate any items that can be reused or resold to charity. Items that cannot be reused are then broken down into their recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, metal and paper and recycled accordingly. Contact your council to confirm how your hard rubbish is processed and which items are recycled.

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