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Hard Waste Collection

Council is trialling a more flexible and environmentally responsible hard waste service. To try Council’s new FREE At-Call home collection of hard waste service simply call East Waste on 8347 5170, or go online at and make a booking.
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Please bear in mind that bookings commence from 1 July 2015. Bookings are welcome anytime throughout the year from 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2016, which therefore means if you are moving house or tackling some home renovations, there is no need to wait for the once a year service.

To make a booking phone East Waste on 8347 5170.

City of Burnside residents will be allocated a booking on a Wednesday or Thursday of each week and can expect collection up to six weeks from the date of their call. Residents can choose to pile up items within the front property boundary of their home or put them out on the kerbside – it is up to you. However, to avoid your items becoming a public safety risk, improve the likelihood of reusable and recyclable items going to a not-for-profit social enterprise, and to reduce opportunistic illegal dumping, front property boundary placement is preferred. For those residents living in units and multi-dwelling properties, East Waste will negotiate a suitable location for collection upon booking.

You do not need to be at home for the collection however you will be reminded of which items will be collected as part of the service. Those items that will not be collected you will need to dispose of in another way.

The rules for the amount and types of items you can dispose of with the At-Call home collection have not changed.

Acceptable hard waste items:

  • Furniture – tables, chairs, wardrobes, beds and mattresses
  • Whitegoods – refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers and ovens - for safety, please remove or tie shut the doors (these doors can be placed separately for collection)
  • Floor coverings (up to 2 metre lengths)
  • Sheets of iron and guttering (up to 2 metre lengths)
  • Timber off cuts, including pallets (up to 2 metre lengths)
  • Dismantled clothes lines
  • Blinds and window coverings
  • Bikes and toys
  • Air conditioners
  • Small items of scrap metal
  • Hot water systems
  • Lawn mowers
  • Rainwater tanks (segments up to 2 metre lengths)

 Unacceptable hard waste items (and disposal hints):

  • No bricks, rocks, dirt, pavers, concrete and building materials (salvage yards may take bricks, pavers and tiles if they think they can be resold. Use exchange websites like Freally, Freecycle, Ziilch and Share N Save)
  • No electronic waste (TVs, computers, or anything with a battery or cord – look out for free drop-off events)
  • No motor vehicle tyres (enquire at your local tyre fitters – for a small fee most will accept tyres for recycling)
  • No items too heavy for two people to lift
  • No batteries (Mobile phones, their batteries and accessories can be recycled at any mobile phone store or City of Burnside Library)
  • No paints
  • No ammunition, explosives or flares
  • No asbestos
  • No fire extinguishers
  • No motor oil
  • No gas bottles (use Kwik Gas or Swap ‘n’ Go exchange services at participating service stations)
  • No liquids
  • No chemicals
  • No panels of sheet glass
  • No car parts – e.g. gear boxes, engine blocks and panels
  • No business or industrial waste

 Please ensure you:

  • Only put out a maximum of 2 cubic metres of hard waste (i.e. 2 m long x 1m wide x 1 m high). Excess or non-acceptable items will be left and will be your responsibility for removal
  • Hard waste can be put out for collection no earlier than 24 hours before it is due to be collected and no later than 7 am on collection day. If you have chosen front property boundary placement, you can of course begin placement earlier
  • Place the sticker provided to you at booking confirmation on a clearly visible item when placed out for collection and
  • Adhere to the acceptable items list.

Residents were very vocal in requesting that Council avoid landfill disposal of reusable and recyclable hard waste items where possible. In response, Council is making use of an alternative fuel facility located at Wingfield which can process any leftover hard waste into an engineered fuel product that is used to fire the kilns at Adelaide Brighton Cement (thereby replacing non-renewable fossil fuel).

Early approaches have also been made to not-for-profit social enterprises to negotiate access to hard waste items that could be salvaged or saved.

If one booking in a year is not enough, City of Burnside residents can make one additional At Call home hard waste booking at a cost of $50 for the collection or $25 for concession card holders.

The City of Burnside’s At-Call home hard waste trial will commence on 1 July 2015 and cease June 30 2016. Bookings will only commence from 1 July onwards.  Council looks forward to resident participation and feedback on the new service. Our goal is to reduce waste to landfill and increase resource recovery.

Please remember that all residents can play an active role in sorting hard waste for recycling before their service occurs by checking out Council’s A-Z Domestic Waste Disposal Guide, especially for what will be accepted for hard waste collections, at, visiting the Recycle Right search engine at  or contacting specialist providers such as:

Online Exchanges

Mattress Recycling (fees apply)

Adelaide Eco Bins 8280 6533

Distribution 360 0414 280 891

Scrap Metal

The Happy Scrapper 0416 271 354

Denron Metals 8352 8772

Electronic Waste (fees may apply)

E cycle Recovery 8262 4074

Australian Computer Society PC Recycling Program 7127 1581

Social Enterprises

Finding Workable Solutions 8398 5485

Diabetes SA 1300 136 588

Free community E Waste Drop Off events will be coordinated throughout the year. The dates for the free E Waste Drop Off events will be announced in due course. Please refer to the Latest News section on our website in the coming months.

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Last Updated : 15/12/2015