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Hard Waste

The City of Charles Sturt offers all residents up to 2 free at-call hard waste collections per financial year.

Information on what can and cannot be collected as part of your free hard waste service is provided below.

This service is for domestic household’s only, not commercial properties.

How to book your free hard waste collection

Each resident can book up to 2 free at-call hard waste collections per financial year.

It’s easy to book in your free hard waste collection.

Please note – it can take up to 6 weeks for collection from the date of your booking.

What if I need to cancel?

You must advise us on 8295 5077 no later than 48 hours prior to your collection date if you wish to cancel your booking.

If no notice is received within this time, the booking will count as 1 collection toward your annual allowance.

How much hard waste can I place out for collection?

Your free hard waste collection is limited to no more than 2 cubic metres per booked collection.

Excess or unacceptable items will not be collected and residents must remove them from the kerbside. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

Each household can book up to 2 collections per financial year.

Size Matters

What CAN I put out for hard waste collection?

  • rightFridges and freezers with doors removed - Please note that all fridges and freezers must be degassed by a licensed professional before being placed out for a hard waste collection;
  • Furniture, bedding and carpets;
  • Metal items (including sheets of corrugated iron up to 2m in length);
  • Electrical appliances;
  • Tree prunings (tied in bundles up to 30cm in diameter);
  • Kitchenware - pottery and crockery;
  • Timber (max 2m long);
  • Washing machines, dryers, stoves;
  • Tools and equipment;
  • Lawn mowers empty of petrol and oil;
  • Empty paint tins (with lids removed);
  • Cardboard (must be bundled together).

What CAN'T I put out for hard waste collection?

  • wrongNo batteries, chemicals or hazardous waste
  • No old televisions or computer equipment – drop them off for recycling at the Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre instead. More information here;
  • No business or commercial waste – the hard waste service is for households only;
  • No items longer than 2 metres;
  • No items that can't be lifted by two people;
  • No green waste not bundled;
  • No liquid waste, chemicals or hazardous waste;
  • No concrete;
  • No ammunition and/or explosives;
  • No asbestos & cement sheeting;
  • No bean bags;
  • No car bodies or parts, including engines, body panels, tyres and batteries;
  • No bricks, rocks or dirt;
  • No tree stumps;
  • No items in plastic bags, including domestic garbage;
  • No domestic recyclables such as bottles and cans;
  • No gas bottles;
  • No cement sheeting, fibro or plasterboard;
  • No paint cans or oil containers with any residual liquids in them;
  • No large ceramic items (such as sinks, baths, toilet bowls);
  • No sheet glass;
  • No business waste;
  • No pallets.

What should I do to keep my hard waste safe and tidy?

It is your responsibility to ensure that the hard waste outside your property is placed and maintained safely until collected - even if it is moved by other people.

Put your waste out the night before it is due for collection.
Do not encroach hard rubbish on the footpath.
Don't leave anything sharp or hazardous on the footpath.
Remove all doors from fridges and freezers.
Don't stack your waste too high.
Lie taller items down (e.g. wardrobes).

Can I get help moving my hard waste to the footpath?

Elderly residents, or people with a permanent disability, may be eligible for free assistance. Requests should be made directly to Council, allowing plenty of time to allow a booking to be made on your behalf.

Contact Council on 8408 1111 to check your eligibility and make a request.

What if I prefer not to wait for my free hard waste collection?

Here are some ideas for how to safely dispose of your waste, if you prefer not to wait for your free hard waste collection. 

You may wish to call first to confirm opening hours. Fees may apply.

Televisions and computer equipment

  • Recycle them for free - drop them off at the Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre, 2-6 Toogood Avenue, Beverley – phone (08) 8408 1350, open Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm, closed on public holidays. This free recycling service is provided by TechCollect in collaboration with the City of Charles Sturt.

General waste, furniture, waste oil, car parts, tyres, batteries, larger ceramic items, green waste, bricks, concrete, business waste and excess or oversized waste (fees apply)

  • Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre, 2-6 Toogood Avenue, Beverley – phone (08) 8408 1350, Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm, closed on public holidays.

Dirt, sand or rubble

  • Please call Solo Resource Recovery on (08) 8295 5077 for advice on how to safely dispose of this material.


  • Small quantities of asbestos need to be securely wrapped in 200 micron plastic, sealed with duct tape and can then be delivered to Metro Waste at 19-25 Murray Street, Thebarton – call first for confirmation on (08) 8443 8827.

Household hazardous wastes and liquids (including herbicides, pesticides and paint)

  • Paint can be taken to the Paintback collection point at Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre, 2-6 Toogood Avenue, Beverley – phone (08) 8408 1350, Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm, closed on public holidays.
  • Free, safe disposal of household hazardous wastes and liquid is available at the State Government household hazardous waste depot, which is located on the corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Road, Dry Creek. The depot is open on the first Tuesday of every month, from 9am to 12pm. For more information on this free service, call Green Industries SA on (08) 8204 2051.

Please note that explosives, ammunition and flares are not accepted as part of the hard waste service. If you have these items for disposal, please contact your local police station.

Don’t forget to give your good stuff away!

Some things are just too good to throw away.

Old furniture, toys and equipment may no longer be needed in your household, but may be very much wanted by someone else.

So take a quick look at the things you no longer want before placing them out for hard waste collection.

Could it be useful to someone else? If so, think about how to give it away, rather than waste it.

Here’s a few ideas on how to give things away:

  • Hold a garage sale – it’s almost like giving things away, but you get to meet and chat with your neighbours into the bargain! Charging is optional, but haggling for price can be part of the fun for many buyers.
  • Ring up a charity shop – such as Diabetes SA, the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Tell them what you have and ask if they’d be interested in receiving it. Some organisations will come out to collect it from your home, others have drop-off locations that operate from their shops or outlets.
  • Advertise it to give away on Gumtree or Freecycle. and provide easy options to move your stuff on for free. Just take a photo and post your ad, which costs you nothing. Responses are often very quick, and you can arrange a suitable time for that person to come to your home to collect the item/s.
  • Advertise it to give away on Facebook - As above, just take a photo and post your item to give away for free. As with Gumtree and Freecycle, you can arrange a suitable time for that person to come to your home to collect the item/s. Try the local Facebook group: “Buy, Sell or Give Away Western Suburbs of Adelaide”.

For more information

Call our Waste line on 8295 5077.

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