Community members are being encouraged to check the date of their upcoming annual hard waste collection (Jan-March 2021), to make the most of the service and help discourage illegal waste dumping in their area.
Each area of Yarra Ranges will have a week-long collection period between January and March where metals, e-waste and other hard rubbish items are collected from the kerbside, saving residents from arranging their own disposal and additional costs.
Houses in the same suburb or even on the same street may have their collection on different weeks, so residents are being encouraged to check the collection date for their property on the Council website.
Council is asking residents to wait until the Sunday prior to their collection week before putting waste on the nature strip to help keep the area tidy and discourage illegal waste disposal.
With some Victorian households using time during the COVID-19 lockdown to clean-up around the home, the team is also encouraging residents to check what can be collected before putting waste outside.
Household garbage, building material, gas bottles, asbestos and paint are some of the items that can’t be taken.
Batteries are also not accepted, but can be taken to the Coldstream Waste Transfer Station year-round without a fee.
A detailed list of what can and cannot be collected can be found at yarraranges.vic.gov.au/hardwaste
Mattresses, e-waste, bundled branches and metals taken in the hard waste collection will be sorted for recycling, while other items will be sent to landfill.
Residents may wish to consider offering usable items for free through social media outlets or contacting local charities to find out if they can donate suitable items before disposing of them in hard waste.
Hard waste should be placed where weekly household bins are collected from. Properties with a shared collection point should separate and label their hard waste piles with their address.
Each property can put out 3 cubic metres of hard waste, up to 20 bundles of branches wrapped in non-plastic string (up to 1.5 metres long and 200mm wide) and unlimited metals under the size guidelines.
The hard waste pile can include up to 10 pieces of timber (not fencing), electronic equipment and glass.
Glass put out for collection, including shower screens and mirrors, must be wrapped and clearly marked.
Metals and whitegoods can be up to a maximum length of 1.5 metres and 50kg for each item, with fridges needing to have their doors removed for safety reasons.
These requirements ensure the crews can safely lift and place the waste items in collection vehicles.
The contractors will collect items with multiple trucks throughout the week for different types of waste items.