Hard waste

Book it in.  We'll sort it out.

Melton City Council provides homeowners and tenants with various at-call hard waste disposal options. Each financial year residents can choose from one of the following:

  • one hard waste collection from your property, or
  • one to two drop-off visits to the Melton Recycling Facility (MRF)
    (note: one visit is classed as a standard 6 x 4 trailer that has low level sides.  Heaped loads or high side trailers, vans and utes are classed as two visits.

We encourage residents to take items in good, working condition to the Melton Resale Shop.  This gives household goods a second life rather than them going to landfill or being broken down for recycling.

Collection guidelines

You may put out for collection a: 

  • maximum amount: 3 cubic metres (3m x 1m x 1m or equivalent)
  • maximum item length (timber, metal, carpet etc.): 1.5 metres
  • maximum item weight: easily lifted by 2 people

Please note:

  • items to be placed within 10 metres of property access point (regardless of items being out in the weather)
  • collection trucks cannot access private property - trucks cannot be backed into driveways
  • small loose items should be in boxes or bagged to create an easier collection

Goods placed out for collection must be on your property.  Items placed on the nature strip will not be collected.  If you do not have a front yard or live in a unit, please let us know when you make your booking. 


Please note: items must be ready for collection by 6am on the day of the collection, and must be clearly separate from other items on your property. 

Book your collection

Our hard waste service is a convenient way to dispose of your unwanted household items. 

Both homeowners and tenants may use the hard waste collection service.

Before booking your collection please note:

  • if you are a tenant please ensure you have a current utility bill with your name and current address on it for uploading
  • a list of main items that you would like to be collected
  • visit our 'Near Me' to check what dates are available for your address  

Book your hard waste collection online 
(note: you will be prompted to either register or sign in enabling you to complete the form). 

Note: if you are an owner of multiple properties and wish to arrange a hard waste collection contact us on 9747 7200.

YES! Items that can be collected

These items can be collected

  • air conditioners and white goods. Refrigerator doors must be removed
  • electronic waste ("e-waste") such as TVs, computers, monitors and peripherals such as keyboard and mouse. If recent models and still working, please delete personal data and label the equipment as working. Your TV or computer may be suitable for the Re-Sale Shop
  • household furniture, household appliances, toys, playground equipment (dismantle swing sets)
  • pottery, ceramics and chinaware, boxed. Please wrap and label if in reusable condition
  • hot water units 
  • mattresses, bed bases. Counted as one piece each; limit of 2 per collection
  • scrap metal, old tin and other metal waste
  • tree stumps (max 30cm diameter), roots and branches (bundled and tied, max 1.5 metres long)
  • glass panes and mirrors. These must be wrapped, taped and clearly labelled
  • carpet, underlay, rugs (max 1.5m long)
  • packaging not suitable for fortnightly collection. Flatten and tie cardboard that does not fit into your kerbside recycling bin or that you are unable to take to the Melton Recycling Facility (no charge).

NO! Items that cannot be collected

These items CANNOT be collected

  • chemicals, fertilisers, pesticide, solvents, refer to Sustainability Victoria
  • household garbage, industrial or commercial waste
  • tyres
  • building materials

Frequently asked questions

Why is the hard waste collection limited to three cubic metres?
The three cubic metre limit (3m x 1m x 1m or equivalent) allowance is the same as two single axle trailer loads at water level and therefore also requires two entitlements to be used. This keeps the service equitable for all users.

We also accept up to two mattresses (normally charged at $30 each at the transfer station) along with other materials presented within the collection limit.

Why can't I put my hard waste onto the nature strip, like in other council areas?
To have your collection picked up, items must be presented from within your property boundary, such as a driveway or front yard.

Materials on the nature strip make a neighbourhood unsightly and invites scavengers. It also invites other residents to contribute to your pile of unwanted goods. This can mean that the items you've put out may miss out on getting collected!

How can i dispose of additional hard waste after I've used my visit?
You can take your items to the Melton Transfer Station. Fees may apply so refer to the transfer station gatehouse fees.

I'm not sure if I can put my item out for hard waste.
If you have something that isn't on the list, refer to our A-Z guide for your home. Anything with HW can be put out for hard rubbish. If you're still not sure give us a call on 9747 7200.