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Hard Rubbish in Adelaide

One of the services we provide here at SA Skin Bins Adelaide is hard rubbish collection and processing. Now, not everybody understands what hard rubbish is. The more clinical term for this is hard waste, although people tend to mistake this for any kind of waste that doesn’t organically break down, or basically, waste that isn’t biodegradable. And while this isn’t far from the truth, it isn’t the most correct term either, and has led to many issues when it comes to their collection.



The city government of Adelaide has a strict set of rules for hard waste collection for kerbside waste, and has a clear definition of what hard waste is, and what it isn’t. It is part of our compliance to adhere to these rules and regulations for both domestic and commercial hard waste collection and disposal. It is with this in mind that we would like to enlighten you on the basics of the city’s hard waste definition, what it collects, what it doesn’t, and why.

What is Hard Waste?

The city council website of Adelaide does not have a clear-cut definition of what hard waste is. However, other government websites describe hard rubbish as a method of disposing large-scale hard items such as appliances, furniture, and other similar implements. That means that, more than just a definition of what this type of waste is, this also serves as the name for a type of service that specializes in the collection and management of these types of equipment.

The disposal of such large-scale items that won’t fit in your average skip bin can be challenging for most individuals. This is why both the city government and private waste management enterprises such as ourselves have joined together to help both domestic and commercial entities with their kerbside hard rubbish. Adelaide doesn’t have a regularly scheduled collection schedule for hard waste, but bookings can be made in advance, for up to two to twelve times in a year, depending on the size of the dwelling / office.

What Is Considered As Hard Waste?

The question is: what can we consider as hard waste? The blanket definition of hard rubbish as appliances and furniture is a good starting point for the term’s definition. But it definitely goes beyond just that.

Mattresses, TVs and computers, and sheets of metal and timber of up to 1.5 meters in overall length are also includable in the list of what is hard waste. If your family likes to collect knick-knacks of all sorts, broken pottery, glass that isn’t broken can all also be considered as hard waste, and will generally be accepted by waste management services when they come in for your scheduled collection.

Some gardening tools, as well as children’s toys will also be accepted as hard waste. Generally, the trend here is that any item that isn’t easily recyclable, is too big for regular transport, and is not hazardous can be considered as candidates for hard waste material, and can be included in the rubbish that you have picked up.

What Is NOT Considered As Hard Waste?

On the other hand, there are other items that can be found in the household that will not be considered as hard waste. This list generally includes items that are either corrosive, easy to recycle, or can be included in composting. Regular trash will also not be accepted as hard waste, due to the fact that these can easily be disposed of via regular means. If you have green waste click here.

This means that any liquid waste that you need to throw out can’t be accepted as hard rubbish. Used cooking and motor oil will have to be disposed of organically. Excess fuel also will not be considered, as it can pose a danger to the collection team. Similarly, corrosive and potentially volatile liquids will also be rejected, such as bleach and acids, due to their potentially harmful nature.

Other hazardous wastes, such as car batteries and equipment that contain asbestos, will also not be accepted for collection. Vehicle parts, despite the fact that they do somewhat fall into the 1.5 metal sheet category in the previous section, are also not accepted, as there are already facilities dedicated to the disposal of vehicles.

Hard rubbish collection services like SA Skip Bins Adelaide follow city ordinances in the disposal of all hard rubbish collected from citizens within the city. There are other recycling and material disposal centers as well; you may contact us, or the city government, to know more about these facilities.