Kerbside collections - hard waste

Council kerbside hard waste collections

All 31 of Melbourne’s councils offer their residents a hard waste collection service that residents pay for either through rates or through a separate charge.

Between a ten year period (2002-2012) the annual volume of hard waste from metropolitan household collections almost doubled from 47,729 tonnes to 94,911 tonnes. Although population growth accounted for much of this, individual households were also producing more hard waste – from an average collection of 38kg to 57kg per serviced household.

Currently about 24% of the materials in hard waste are recovered for recycling or re-use.

Although much has been achieved in recent years to improve the management of hard waste, there is a strategic imperative to make hard waste collections more cost effective, to increase the amount of material that can be recovered and support residents to reduce hard waste generation.

Helpful resources

  • Hard Waste Services Leading Practice Guide Guidance Document 2.2 MB

    The Hard Waste Services Leading Practice Guide aims to help councils harness opportunities to maximise the reuse and recycling of hard waste. The guide sets out five steps that councils can use to improve hard waste services. These services can better meet resident’s needs in an efficient and cost-effective way, while reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Last updated: 20/05/2020