Hard waste

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Residents are entitled to two at call (booked) collections per household per financial year. Collections will be on the day following the kerbside bin collection for the area. This service is not for non-residents or businesses.

Waiting times for collections will vary according to the demand and the time of year.

Are the unwanted items still in a reasonable condition? Why not donate them for reuse?  See Donate in West Torrens.

Booking a free collection

Before your collection date, you will receive:

  • confirmation of your collection date (email or letter)

  • household 'Hard Waste Collection' flyer

  • a label to place on your items for collection.

Collection guidelines

  • A limit of 2 cubic metres (2m x 1m x 1m) per household applies.

  • The length of items must not exceed 2 metres.   

When to put items out for collection

  • Items must be placed out for collection before 7am on your collection day.

  • Items placed out on the verge earlier than the weekend before your collection will be considered illegal dumping and may incur an illegal dumping fine.

  • The earlier items are placed out on the verge, the greater the chance that others may add items. This may result in the collection exceeding the permissible volume and some items (whether suitable for collection or not) may not be collected. You will be responsible for disposing of these items.


  • If you have received a hard waste booking label, attach this to an item (preferably not metal) so that it is clearly visible from the road.

  • If you have received an email booking confirmation, please print the label and attach it to an item as above.

Maintain safety

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the waste is placed and maintained safely until collection, even if it is disturbed by others.

  • Items must be able to be handled safely by two people.

  • Items requiring two people to lift (such as wardrobes or sofas) should be placed to one side of the items for collection so they are easy to access.

  • Place your waste clear of the footpath or road, in a safe and secure manner (e.g. remove or flatten nails).

  • Don’t stack items too high.

  • Lay tall items down (e.g. bookcases and wardrobes).

  • Tape shut doors on fridges and freezers.

  • Small items should be tied, wrapped, or put in bags or boxes for ease of collection.

Download the Household Hard Waste Collection flyer.

Items that will be collected

  • furniture

  • bedding

  • mattresses - limit of 2

  • *fridges and freezers (for safety reasons tape doors shut)

  • pottery and crockery

  • bicycles and toys

  • tools and gardening equipment

  • lawnmowers (empty of oil and petrol)

  • *hot water services and air conditioners

  • unbroken glass, mirrors and shower screens

  • *whitegoods - e.g. washing machines, dryers and stoves

  • *electronic appliances - e.g. TVs and computers

  • *electrical appliances, e.g. vacuum cleaners, kettles, coffee machines

  • *metal - e.g. sheets of iron and guttering - up to 2m lengths

  • timber up to 2m lengths (nails removed or flattened)

  • tree prunings tied up in bundles (max 30cm diameter) - up to 2m lengths

  • floor coverings and window treatments - e.g. carpet, rugs, lino, curtains, blinds - up to 2m lengths rolled and taped.

* A separate truck will collect these items for recycling purposes

Items that will NOT be collected

  • Items in excess of 2 cubic metres (2m x 1m x 1m)

  • Items in excess of 2 metres in length

  • asbestos

  • gas bottles

  • cans containing paint

  • fire extinguishers

  • liquid waste - e.g. motor or cooking oil, chemicals

  • batteries

  • car bodies, vehicle parts, panels, and tyres

  • ammunition, explosives and flares

  • wooden pallets

  • timber and logs exceeding 30cm diameter

  • unbundled green organics

  • concrete, bricks, rocks, dirt, cement sheeting, plasterboard and other building materials

  • ceramic and terracotta items - e.g. toilets, basins, baths, terracotta pots

  • any waste from a business or commercial activity

  • hazardous waste items as defined under the Environment Protection Act. For more information visit chemicals and paint.

Items for disposal in kerbside bins:

  • domestic recyclables such as bottles, cans, cardboard

  • green organics - grass clippings, weeds

  • general household waste.

Visit the A-Z Guide to waste and recycling  for reuse, recycling or disposal options for materials that won't be collected.

Over 65 and need help with hard waste?

Residents over the age of 65 who are unable to arrange for family or friends to place items out for collection can contact our Home Support Team on 8416 6251 for assistance.

For other aged care service see Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Free voucher for waste disposal

Owners or occupiers of a residential property are entitled to a free voucher per financial year to dispose of a 6 x 4 trailer load (2 cubic metres) of waste at Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre,181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Businesses are not entitled to a voucher.

To obtain a voucher, email a request to us at csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au with proof of residency or ownership (scan copy or photo).  If suitable information is provided, a voucher and instructions will be issued via email. The voucher is valid for one month from the date of issue. 

A waste voucher is ideal for items that are not accepted in a hard waste collection e.g. building materials, cardboard and large volumes of branches and grass clippings.

Please follow the instructions on the voucher for the recommended order of loading materials onto the trailer.

Note: See chemicals and paints and e-waste for information about free disposal.

Business hours for Waste Transfer Station
Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday and public holidays 10am - 3pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day,

New Years Day, Good Friday



181 Morphett Rd, North Plympton SA 5037

181 Morphett Rd, North Plympton SA 5037