Kerbside hard waste collection kicks off this month

Date published: 17 January 2018

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has delivered on another key election commitment, with the kerbside hard waste collection to start on January 29.

Cr Hill said she was proud to be able to deliver the city’s first kerbside hard waste collection in many years.

“I first made this commitment to Townsville residents back in 2012 but I was blocked by opposition councillors in the last term of Council,” Cr Hill said

“Since electing a new Council, residents will now be able to make use of a kerbside hard waste collection because of the dedication of my team. I’m sure it will be very popular with residents.”

This new service will allow residents to leave up to two cubic metres of hard waste – including white goods, furniture and televisions – out the front of their home for free collection.

The kerbside hard waste collection will be split into 25 zones so the city can be covered over the year. Council has budgeted $2.3 million for this year’s collection.

The first zone to be collected will be homes in Kelso, down to Allambie Lane. Residents in other areas of the city should check Council’s website for updates on when the kerbside hard waste collection will be coming to their suburb.

Townsville Waste Services team manager Matthew McCarthy said information will be provided to residents living in areas to be serviced by the kerbside hard waste collection as the program continues.

“As we progress through the city, Council will provide updates to residents in upcoming zones that the kerbside hard waste collection is about to start in their area,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Council is setting up a dedicated website to provide the community with any information they need about the collection.”

Mr McCarthy said it was important for residents to know what can be collected and what can’t be picked up through the kerbside collection.

“Most household items such as furniture, TVs, wood products, bikes and pieces of scrap metal can be collected,” Mr McCarthy said.

“There are some items our crews can’t accept such as any green waste, building products, liquids including paints, car parts, tyres, gas bottles, glass and hazardous materials such as asbestos.

“If people are putting out an old fridge we will need them to take the door off to ensure that our crews can see inside because if it is too heavy for two people to lift then we won’t be able to collect that item.”

Acceptable itemsExcluded items
White goodsVegetation and green waste
Hot water systemsDirt and stones
Mattresses (limit of 2 per property)Bricks and concrete
FurnitureCommercial builders waste
E-wasteCar parts and tyres
Toys, bicycles and sporting goodsGeneral household waste
Tin and scrap iron (up to 2 meters in length)Liquids including paints
SinksHazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
Wood productsGas bottles
 Glass and mirrors
 Household waste that normally goes into your bins
 Items that are too heavy for two people to carry

For more information visit our Kerbside Collection webpage.