Appliances, furniture and other things at home become hard rubbish as they are destined to be. As old and damaged electronic devices and furniture piles up in your home, inconvenience will soon get you frustrated. That is why replacing things in the house and dumping old stuff will give you peace and order at home. 

Keeping old and damaged stuff is a headache in every space planning process. Not only will it cause you to spend large money on repairs, but you will also get disappointed  with its performance. 

Like deteriorated mattresses at home, you can’t sleep peacefully on the bed thinking you will get body pain and sores in the morning. In aging appliances such as fridges, it will use more power than new models making you have a high electric bill at the end of the month.

Therefore, a great way to dispose of your damaged appliances and old furniture is to unload them at your kerbside for hard rubbish collection. But before doing so, you need to be knowledgeable about hard rubbish collection. Here are the 10 facts that you should know about hard rubbish and its collection.

What is Hard Rubbish?

Hard rubbish refers to large objects which can’t fit in your kerbside bin. These are typically made up of durable products which are either broken, replaced or no longer desirable which have to be disposed of. Hard garbage doesn’t include recyclable items, green waste or regular garbage in the house.

Hard Rubbish Collection

Hard rubbish collection is a perfect way for people to declutter their belongings, appliances and furniture in the house that are no longer in working order or of any use. The waste collection is an easy way to dispose of products that are too large for regular household refuse disposals, such as mattresses and white goods.

Disposing Hard Rubbish Necessity

The importance of dumping hard rubbish is to keep the cleanliness and order in every city of Australia. This is beneficial for everyone to keep their house, suburbs and town free from illegal waste disposal and cluttering. 

Furthermore, the local council can ensure that hard rubbish can have minimal impact on the local environment and to the residents. It can be a great way for the community and councils to help each other keep their city be liveable.

Local Council Hard Rubbish Service

A hard rubbish collection service is usually offered two to four times a year by the local council. This is a yearly tradition in Australia. Everyone needs to manually pick up and unload their garbage and junk to the kerb where they reside. 

Mostly, councils provide free of charge to hard rubbish and waste disposal once a year. Depending on your local councils, they sometimes collect hard rubbish at a particular date, but the most convenient way for the residents and the council is through booking system operation.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Hard Rubbish 

If you’re planning on disposing of things but don’t know the classifications of hard rubbish materials, the tendency is that you will mix up the different categories. During the council’s hard rubbish collection, your items should be neatly stacked in categories like household items and textiles, scrap metals, white goods, e-waste and fridges, pruning and branches, and mattresses (maximum of 2 mattress/bed base).

Only certain things are put out for a hard rubbish collection. If you do not follow your council’s collection rules, your items will not be collected. They will leave you a knockback notice in your letterbox informing you why.

On the other hand, if there are things considered hard rubbish, then there are also things that are not. These are some of the things that local councils prohibit when you dispose of your hard rubbish at home. 

  • Building and renovation materials including cement sheeting, fencing, bricks, tiles and concrete
  • Household waste and recyclables
  • Dangerous goods including household chemicals and pesticides
  • Asbestos and other hazardous waste 
  • General garden waste (other than branches/prunings), soil or earth
  • Motor oils, engine blocks, car batteries
  • Gas cylinders

For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable hard rubbish, you can check it here.

Proper Area for the Collection

In the hard rubbish collection, there are specific areas where you can pile up your hard waste. It is very important to know where to place it in your property to avoid huge penalties from the council. 

First, your items should never be stacked in public areas such as footpaths or nature strips. In order to avail the yearly hard rubbish collection from the council, collectors should be able to reach your hard rubbish safely, and items must be stacked neatly either in your front yard or driveway. Just as long as it’s in the front boundary of your property and is 2 metres wide and length, that would be fine.

Observing Size and Item Limits

Ensuring everybody gets a chance to dispose of their hard rubbish, there are strict limitations to the amount of waste you can throw out. Here are the following limitations:

  • 2 cubic metres of hard and metal waste (2 metres long x 1 metre wide x 1 metre high).
  • 4 cubic metres of green waste items (4 metres long x 1 metre wide x 1 metre high).
  • 2 mattresses or 2 bed bases or 1 mattress and 1 base.

Following Proper Schedule

When following the council’s schedule, if you put your waste out before the dates you booked your hard rubbish collection, you are at risk of being fined for illegal dumping.  As the council is strictly enforcing illegal dumping and the hard waste rules, your fines start at $200 and can be up to $17,000 if prosecuted in Court.

Exceeding 2 Cubic Metres

It is long known that kerbside or hard rubbish collection is a tradition every year. Along with that, residents already know the council’s rules about the size of certain items. But if you have items that exceed two cubic metres, automatically it will not be collected. Since there are several council officers that patrol every week, residents are obliged to eliminate immediately the excess hard waste to avoid being fined for illegal dumping.

Consider Other Hard Rubbish Collectors

There are times when you missed out the council’s yearly hard rubbish collection, or it might be that you still have items that the council didn’t collect. One way of disposing of it is through calling companies that offer hard rubbish services to clean up right away your wastes in your lawns or driveways.

You can contact Paul’s Rubbish Removal for your hard rubbish collection that is convenient for your time. Don’t wait for your hard rubbish and junk to pile up or get a penalty. With Paul’s Rubbish Removal, you will no longer worry about categorising acceptable and unacceptable hard rubbish since we offer to remove all types of junks. 


There comes a time when you have to dump hard rubbish in your house to maintain cleanliness. Through being knowledgeable enough about some facts about hard rubbish like its importance, council’s collection rules, what to dump and how to properly dispose of it, you can have an organised and hassle-free task.

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we provide you with a straightforward and easy hard rubbish collection service for all local Sydney residents. For more information about hard rubbish, call us at 0407 125 125 or send us an email and get your free quotation here:

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    Excellent service; quote given on the spot for major clean-up of household throw-outs. The team provides quick, efficient and courteous removal! Very satisfied customer.

    Les Thompson, Bondi Beach, Residential Rubbish Removal

    We needed a few boys to come down to the building site and remove large amounts of materials after the demolition. Paul was very friendly and gave us all the info we needed. We scheduled for him to come down on the same-day as it was an urgent job. Not only did he arrive on-time and got the job done, he very professional throughout the clean-out and managed his team very well. Top job mate!

    Shane W, Demolition & Hard Materials

    Paul did a splendid job with cleaning out our backyard. We had old fridges, computers, microwaves, timber flooring and heaps of other junk left over from our house renovation. Paul was quick to provide advice and how much it’d cost to get everything cleaned up. He arrived at a time which suited us best and left absolutely no rubbish behind. I can not stress how happy we are now that our family home is junk-free! Thank you!

    Angelina W, Mascot, Residential Home Rubbish Removal

    Wanted to say a big thanks to Paul and his team for sorting out our rubbish on such late notice. Paul provided a fast and affordable quote, arrived on-time and had our rubbish totally removed within the time-frame we had given them. Can’t fault these guys whatsoever!

    David T, Maroubra, Household Rubbish Removal

    You guys are great, I’ll happily recommend you. I just wished I had found you sooner. I felt your price was a little too low when you quoted… so I didn’t think you would do such a good job… well done for proving me wrong.

    Sherryl D, Strathfield, Office Rubbish Removal

    Paul, sensational job as always, love how easy you make it look. Definitely won’t hesitate in calling you again should either my family or friends need rubbish removed. Thanks again!

    Simon R, Bondi, Garden Clean-Up

    Dear Paul, My husband told me what a great job you did in the kitchen, I got home and found every bit of our demolished kitchen removed and I just wanted to write and say thank you for doing it so quickly, thoroughly and for cleaning up afterwards as well. I would have no hesitation in recommending you. We both felt your price was very reasonable too. Many thanks.

    Martha K, Coogee, Kitchen Strip-Out
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