Hard Waste & E-waste

There are many ways to responsibly deal with your hard waste and electronic waste.

Dumping hard rubbish or electrical items on verges, in street gutters or on vacant land is illegal! A maximum penalty of up to $5,000 may be applied for an offence of this kind. Please report any illegal dumping to the Council on 08 8366 4555.


Hard waste and e-waste collection service

East Waste logo 2Residents are now able to book two free hard waste and e-waste collection services that can be scheduled any time during the financial year.

This new service replaces the annual kerbside collection that previously occurred each August/September.

The types of waste collected remain unchanged. Electronic waste (e-waste) will continue to be collected as part of the hard waste collection system, for recycling and reuse.

How much hard waste can be collected

Each household is entitled to two free collections each financial year.

There is a limit of 2 cubic metres (2m long x 1m wide x 1m high) or the equivalent of a standard trailer load for each booked collection.

Hard waste:

  • refrigerators and other white goods (fridge doors and hinges must be removed for safety reasons)
  • furniture, including sofas, bedding, blinds, carpet and underlay
  • hot water tanks and services, air conditioners
  • timber and iron sheets
  • lawn mowers (empty of petrol & oil).


  • TVs, VCR/DVD/CD players, stereos, computers, laptops, printers, faxes, irons, microwaves, cameras, copiers, hair dryers, toasters, phones, vacuum cleaners.

E-waste will be dismantled for recycling and reuse.

  • liquid waste, household or garden chemicals, car bodies, large scrap steel, concrete, asbestos, bricks, rocks, soil, sand, ammunition, explosives, paint, oil or building site materials
  • recyclables such as bottles, glass and cardboard (place in recycling bin for the Council’s fortnightly collection)
  • tree prunings and garden waste (place in organics bin for the Council's fortnightly collection)
  • fluorescent tubes and light globes (recycle for free at any Mitre 10, TrueValue or Banner Hardware store)
  • batteries (recycle at Aldi and Ikea stores, Council Depot, Norwood Town Hall, our Libraries or E-Cycle Recovery)
  • tyres (recycle at tyre retailers)
  • gas bottles (recycle at Maxbilt Trading Centre, Norwood).

How to make a booking

Bookings can now be made directly with East Waste on 08 8347 5111.

A scheduled collection date will be provided by East Waste at the time of booking

Prior to your collection, you will receive a letter from East Waste confirming your collection date. Information on the Council’s hard waste collection guidelines will also be provided.


How to cancel a booking

If you need to cancel your booking, contact East Waste on 08 8347 5111 at least 3 days before your scheduled collection.


When will my waste be collected

A scheduled collection date will be provided by East Waste at the time of booking. Collections will be undertaken within four weeks, however during periods of high demand this period may be longer.


General guidelines

Please ensure waste items are:

  • placed on the verge no earlier than 24 hours before your collection date and no later than 7am on the collection day
  • clearly marked by using the sticker provided to you by East Waste.

*Please note items dumped at the kerbside without a confirmed booking could incur a $315 illegal dumping/littering fine.


Keep your hard waste safe and tidy

Please ensure waste items are:

  • placed securely on the kerb
  • placed in a way that does not obstruct the road or footpath
  • not stacked too high and tall items are not upright
  • less than1.5 metres in length
  • not greater than 50kg, to be safely lifted by two people
  • adequately secured so that items do not fall out when lifted.


Too good to waste? Reuse it!

Before you book a hard waste collection, try to donate or sell unwanted items to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

If you have unwanted items in good condition you could offer them to:

  • family or friends
  • charity or op shop (some charities will collect furniture and household items at no cost)
  • salvage yard.

You can also advertise your goods for free collection on the following sites:


Recycling electronic waste and batteries

Electronic items

Any electronic item with a cord can be recycled or donated using the following alternatives:

Option 1: If in good condition, donate using:

Option 2: In good or poor condition, donate using Electronic Recycling Australia and drop off at an Unplug N' Drop location

Option 3:  If broken or in poor condition, drop off at an E-Cycle Recovery location

Option 4:  Visit Zerowaste website for a list of drop off recycling services and locations.


Batteries can be dropped off for recycling at the following locations:



Option 1: Drop off for recycling at the Norwood Town Hall

Option 2: Recycle using the Mobile Muster Program, a free mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.

Option 3: Drop off for recycling at Allphones, Australia Post, Cartridge World, Dick Smith Electronics, Fonebiz or Officeworks