Junk Collection

Junk Collection

What is the junk collection for?

The annual junk collection provides the opportunity for households to dispose of bulky items that are no longer needed, wanted or are in disrepair. This service is not available to commercial premises.

When is the junk collection?

The junk collection generally commences the first week of February and runs for a total of 10 weeks.

The junk collection dates are not advertised. An orange flyer is hand delivered to households outlining the collection start date and what is permitted to be placed on the verge during the scheduled weekend.

One weekend only to place junk on verge

Residents have one weekend before collection commences to place their junk out on the verge. At least 10 days prior to collection residents will receive an orange flyer that will clearly state which weekend to place junk on their verge. Collection will start the Monday following the weekend.

The time limits for junk on the verge were introduced due to concerns over safety, scavengers spreading junk and littering. This has reduced the impact of the junk collection on the community.

Junk collections are closely monitored and junk placed out on the verge prior to the designated date will incur a litter infringement of $200. City Officers also identify incorrect items and may tag these and leave a notice for removal.

Are there any items that will not be collected?

Items that will not be collected include:

  • Green waste and garden waste
  • Bricks, rubble, cement or building materials
  • Toilet cisterns
  • Sand or lawn sods
  • Foodstuff / food waste
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos or other fibrous cement products
  • Chemicals or hazardous waste (e.g. paint, oil or chemicals)
  • Wire*
  • Gas bottles*
  • Batteries*
  • Glass or mirrors (even contained within furniture)
  • Television screens, computers and computer equipment

Items not accepted for collection can be taken to the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility and those marked with an asterisk (*) are currently accepted at no charge.

Note: all unsorted rubbish will not be collected and may attract a litter infringement of $200

When placing your junk on the verge please consider your neighbours and ensure that items are away from fences, letterboxes, reticulation, utility meters, vehicles and so on. Your junk on the verge should not obstruct the footpath, bus shelters or interrupt normal services in the area such as your bin collection service.

What if I have items that are too good to throw away?

  1. Contact a local charity shop or op-shop – try giv.org.au or GIVIT or Op Shops to find a store near you.
  2. There are a number of sites where you can list items for free (you can give away your items or sell them) – freecycle.org, Quokka, Gumtree, or one of the many Facebook community buy-swap-sell pages.
  3. Hold a garage sale or participate in the Garage Sale Trail on the last Saturday in October.
  4. Take items to the Drop ‘n’ Shop, which is open Thursday to Sunday at the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility, Hopkinson Road Hilbert. Check for current operating times.
  5. Hold a swap party – invite family, friends or hold a party at work for anything ranging from clothes to household items.
  6. Upcycle items such as clothes, decorative pieces and furniture, reuse and repurpose.

How do I ensure my junk is collected?

There is a total limit of 8 cubic metres per property. This includes 4 cubic metres of scrap metal and whitegoods, and 4 cubic metres of household items. Mattresses are limited to 2 per household.

Ensure your junk is separated into metals, white goods, mattresses and general junk.

Remember to:

  • Remove doors from refrigerators.
  • Keep small items out of the collection
  • Keep within the maximum length of 1.8 metres.
  • Cut straps from baby/child seats to ensure they cannot be reused (if still in good condition don't put on the verge and donate through another avenue).
  • Mark cots so they cannot be reused due to safety reasons (if still in good condition don't put on the verge and donate through another avenue).
  • Not put out beanbags for collection as the plastic beans can pollute the environment. Contain the beans and place in your rubbish bin.

You are responsible for maintaining the junk in orderly piles on the verge until it is collected. Ensure junk is secured against the strong easterly winds and inclement weather.

People scavenging through junk should not leave piles in a mess and are reminded not to take baby/child car seats and other baby items for safety reasons.

What happens to junk once it has been collected?

Metals, whitegoods and mattresses are collected separately to general junk and taken to the Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility. Refrigerators are degassed by a licenced operator and metals, white goods and mattresses are recycled. General junk is collected in a different truck and this is sent to landfill. At least one third of the total weight of junk collected each year is recycled.

Mattresses are now being collected and recycled by Soft Landings, recycling up to 75% of the components.

If you are keen to keep resources out of landfill, try finding places that can reuse or recycle items. For further inspiration, visit Switch Your Thinking.

What if I have no verge?

If you live in a battleaxe block, unit, rear collection (laneway) or hills site and are the owner of the property, please complete the Nomination for Aternative Collection Location Form and forward to Waste Services at the City of Armadale. If you require further information, contact waste services on 9394 5124. You must register for each verge collection.