Hard rubbish, e-waste, branches and bulk cardboard

Households are entitled to three free hard rubbish collections, three free bundled branch collections and three free bulk cardboard collections every financial year.

Are your items still in good working order? If so, consider donating them to a local op shop (see community directory for further details) or use Donate Direct to match your items directly to those in need.

Book your collection

Please note: Hard rubbish and bulk cardboard bookings that fall on the Melbourne Cup public holiday, Tuesday 6 November will be collected on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Go to booking a collection online and fill out the form or contact us on 9524 3333.

Hard rubbish and bulk cardboard is collected on the regular bin collection day in your area. Bookings are to be made by 11.58pm the previous day.

Bundled branches are collected on Wednesdays. Bookings are to be made before 3pm Tuesday for collection on the following Wednesday.

What can I put out in hard rubbish?

The following items are permitted to be put out for your hard rubbish collection:

  • furniture, e-waste, appliances, and general junk;
  • carpet, up to 1 cubic metre only;
  • timber, up to 10 small pieces; and
  • refrigerators, but doors must be removed.

All e-waste will be recycled.

Hard rubbish collection will NOT collect:

  • car parts, batteries or tyres;
  • gas bottles;
  • chemicals and liquids (including paint and oil);
  • commercial or business waste;
  • waste material from building, renovation or demolition (including timber, bricks, concrete, rubble, fencing and pallets);
  • items which are too heavy to be lifted by two people; and
  • broken glass, asbestos, cardboard or newspapers.

Size limits

  • Maximum amount of hard waste is four cubic metres.
  • Maximum length or height of any individual item is two metres.


Please note: all your rubbish may not be collected at once. There may be separate trucks for different items, for example televisions and mattresses.

What can I put out for bundled branches collection

Council services will collect bundled tree branches from your nature strip:

  • All branches less than 7.5 centimetres diameter must be tied in bundles.
  • Make sure you tie your branches with strong string, and not pantyhose, wire or plastic ties.

Bundled branch service will NOT collect:

  • timber, stumps or roots
  • branches over 150mm in diameter
  • soil contaminated materials
  • boxes or bags of green waste
  • wire or nail contaminated branches
  • ivy, bamboo, creepers or vines, palm trees, soft plants, rose bushes, thorny plants, weeds, grass clippings or leaves

Size limits

  • The maximum accepted length of bundles is two metres and maximum diameter is 30 centimetres (300mm).
  • Up to 20 bundled branches not exceeding three cubic metres in total.


Free mulch

If you are a Glen Eira resident, you can collect free mulch for your garden.

The free mulch bay is located in Glen Huntly Park car park off Neerim Road — Melway ref: 68 E3 (near the corner of Booran and Neerim Roads).

You can access this facility seven days a week. The mulch is mostly the shredded prunings from park and street trees. However, sometimes it is from other sources. The material is untreated. As the volume varies, we cannot guarantee continuous supply.

Mulch public safety information

Mulch is made from organic materials and contains living micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa. This product may also contain mineral and fertiliser additives.


Inhalation of dust and/or liquid mists may irritate, inflame or sensitise the nose, throat and lungs. This may result in illnesses ranging from hayfever or asthma to pneumonia (eg. Legionnaire’s disease) or pneumonia-like illnesses. Direct contact with this material or its dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols) may cause skin irritation (dermatitis), and skin or eye infection or irritation. People particularly at risk are those suffering from asthma or allergies and those whose immune defence systems are compromised.


  • Avoid contact with eyes and skin.
  • Avoid breathing dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols).
  • Wear suitable protective clothing and standard duty gloves (AS/NZS 2161.2).
  • If exposed to dust and/or liquid mists, also wear dust resistant eye protection (AS/NZS 1336) and particulate respirator (AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716).
  • Wash thoroughly immediately after handling.
  • Wash work clothes regularly.
  • Clean up by wet sweeping or vacuuming.
  • Store this product in a cool location.

First aid

  • First, irrigate eyes with plenty of water for 10 minutes.
  • Wash skin with soap and water.
  • Seek medical attention for any persistent skin, eye or respiratory symptoms.

What can I put out for bulk cardboard

Bulk cardboard is collected on the regular bin collection day in your area. Bookings are to be made by 11.58pm the previous day. Flatten cardboard, tie it up and place on the nature strip the night the booking is made.

Bulk cardboard tied