Many people these days are collecting large amounts of things, both new and used that, while initially useful, can end up creating clutter and confusion inside a home. For example, it’s not uncommon for your next package to come with a massive amount of empty packaging that can fill up the rubbish bins you use for your food and other rubbish each week. Used items, which often come from eBay or even a council hard rubbish collection can quickly become a nuisance around the house if they are not used or are bulky. From whitegoods, electrical appliances and TVs to bed bases, washing machines and scrap metal, there’s a wide variety of household items that can be removed.

Why can council operated Hard Rubbish Collection be an issue?

If your council is one of the many that have kerbside collections, perhaps once a financial year, it can seem like a long time before the next collection day. As a result, the nature strip can fill up with plenty of waste if you time it wrong. In addition, if you are like many people these days you might actually end up picking up more junk that you put out, as the temptation of seeing a useful item sitting on the kerb is just too much. Other councils can arrange to get a truck to you as long as you have it all in a neat pile on the kerb the day before the pickup is due. The hassle of organising a truck for hire, however, can be difficult for some, and these methods have their pros and cons, including other residents making a mess of your hard work as they forage through your pile for buried treasure.

The Hard Rubbish Collection made easy

The beauty of using a collection service like 1300Rubbish is the convenience and reduction in the effort involved to get rid of your hard waste. Having the rubbish collection at the exact time you want it means you can focus on the other things going on and not have to drop everything to meet a set date. The peace of mind involved with being able to put your rubbish out when you need it allows you to clean up all year round, no matter what the occasion. There is also a large labour-saving component as you can leave the bulky heavy rubbish where it is and simply get the men from 1300Rubbish to cart it to the truck. This means you can have multiple piles or locations for your rubbish and you save on having to cart it all, piece by piece, to the kerb.

Things to note when booking a hard waste collection

While certain items may be allowed, typically most broken or unusable items are put out for collection, to be put on landfill. Take the time before you put your waste out to check through your items and see how used or worn they are. If you had items of good quality and good condition, you could consider taking them to charity or selling them online.

There are only certain things that are allowed to be taken when the collection date arrives. Some of these items will vary from city to city, but they include:

  • Household whitegoods (fridges, dishwashers, dryers, etc.)
  • Hot-water services
  • Mattresses and bed bases
  • Sofas
  • BBQ’s
  • Bikes
  • Lawn mowers
  • Green waste (garden trimmings, etc. only allowed by certain councils)

Some of the items not allowed by most councils/waste companies include:

  • Recyclables including paper, aluminium and cardboard – these go in your normal recycling bin!
  • building waste materials like brick, stone, concrete, soil, timber, roofing iron, steel and metal
  • Car parts, tyres
  • Gas bottles

Preparing for a collection

Talk to your local city council about what is accepted in your area for a collection. Most councils normally allow between 1 and 2 cubic metres of hard waste to be left out on the footpath, so be sure to organise your pile so that it meets this requirement.

Ensure that your hard waste can be comfortably lifted by two people at shoulder height, and take care to not limit the access of the footpath to civilians. You should also make sure that the pile is safe – there should be no dangerous protrusions from any broken items proving a safety hazard for yourself or for the team removing it.

If your item has a cord, plug or battery, it is considered e-waste. These items will not be accepted by any collection service, and you should search for a recognised e-waste drop-off point. Correctly disposing of such items is not only the safest way to get rid of any unwanted equipment, but it is also the best way for the environment to thrive.

If necessary, you can opt to have your rubbish collected within your property, in places like your front yard. Most councils now recommend this as it leaves the street clear of unnecessary clutter and also prevents other residents from adding to your pile.

What happens after hard rubbish is collected?

Items that are collected in hard rubbish collection are normally broken down into their respective materials to be recycled, such as glass, plastic, metal and paper. If you throw out the wrong thing, it can be a danger, not only to the people handling it but also the environment. Check with your local council to determine how your waste is dealt with, to ensure you’re doing the right thing for everyone involved.

How to arrange your Hard Rubbish Collection

The quickest and easiest way is to call 1300Rubbish on 1300 782 247 and have a chat to a friendly operator about your situation. They can quickly give you an idea of cost and timing and if it suits, you can arrange for a pickup at your convenience. The truck will call you on approach and they will even sweep up afterwards – leaving your hard rubbish collection a distant memory and your house clean and uncluttered. Call us today for a fast, easy quote or use our online form, and we’ll take care of the rest.