Pre-booked verge collections began on July 1, 2018 and replaced the yearly scheduled collections. This service is only available for residents of the City of Swan.
Why the change
- It provides you with a more flexible year round service, allowing you to schedule pick-ups within a predetermined set of dates.
- It will be more environmentally sustainable. The new system will allow us as a community to recover more recyclable material and send less to landfill.
- It is more cost-effective and efficient. Fees for landfill are increasing, if we can divert from landfill we won't need to pass these additional fees on to you.
The Recycling Centre in Bullsbrook and recyclable goods drop off days will also still be available for residents to dispose of recyclable material throughout the year.
What this means for you
You will have year round access to a maximum of two pre-booked verge collections per financial year. These can be a combination of any of the following (maximum of 3m3(PNG, 80KB)):
Plus up to three (3) mattresses can pre-booked for collection each financial year.
All collection types can be pre-booked by filling out the bulk waste booking form.
Mattress collections are in addition to the other pre-booked verge collections per year. You are entitled to a maximum of three (3) mattresses to be collected per financial year, which can be in one booking of three mattresses in total, or up to three bookings with one mattress per booking. You can book your mattress collection at the same time as your other bulk collections, or separately.
Please note: Mattress bases will not be collected as part of a mattress collection, these will need to be included as part of a household bulk waste collection.
Household bulk waste collections
Household bulk waste collections include a mixture of general bulk items such as furniture, as well as recyclable items such as metal and e-waste. Any of these items can be put out as one collection on one collection date. Separate booking requests for different days will count as separate collections.
Below is a brief example of the types of items collected from your verge:
- E-waste - only includes: televisions, computers, monitors and their peripherals (e.g. keyboards).
- Metal - includes: scrap metal, fridges, washing machines, and other bulk household items that are primarily metal such as steel or aluminium framed bikes. Swing sets and trampolines must be dismantled.
- General - includes: chairs, sofas, toys, cardboard (items too large for your normal bin)
The main items that are not accepted are tyres, glass tables and hazardous waste (paint, gas bottles, batteries, flammable liquids and asbestos).
Please visit our What goes on my verge page for a full list of items that can and cannot be put out on your verge for collection.
Green waste bulk collections
Green waste equates to a separate collection to the Household bulk waste. Green waste includes: lawn clippings, tree pruning, leaves, twigs, weeds and flowers. Items can be placed into cardboard boxes.
Green waste is reprocessed by the City, therefore we will not collect waste if it is put into plastic bags or contains soil, stones, or rubble.
Setting out your bulk verge items
Your material should be placed out no more than 48 hours before your scheduled collection date. Any earlier and you could risk being fined for illegal dumping. Collections can begin from 6am on the selected day, so you will need to make sure items are placed out before 6am on the date of your collection.
You must separate your waste into separate piles because:
- It will help us reduce waste going to landfill.
- Different trucks will be used to collect the different types of recycled goods.
- It makes collecting waste more efficient thereby reducing costs to the City and to you.
- It will ensure all of your booked waste is collected from the verge.
It is very important to correctly select what types of items will be put out when you complete your booking.
If you do not select the correct types of items when you book, some of your items may not be collected, and may result in you having to pre-book another collection at another time. If you need to change your booking details please make sure you contact the City at least 8 days before your scheduled collection.
A diagram of how to separate out different types of bulk verge items is shown below.
Items can be placed on your front verge, side verge or in a laneway. Please do not obstruct the footpath, your normal bin service or the line of sight for motorists.
We will not collect any items placed against walls, fences, poles, trees, sprinklers and other utilities. We do not collect from vacant blocks, parks or reserves.
You will be able to identify on the request where your waste is to be collected from.
For a full list of what will and won't be collected from your verge please visit our What goes on my verge page.
The main items that are not accepted include:
- glass tables
- hazardous waste (paint, gas bottles, batteries, flammable liquids and asbestos).
The pre-booked verge collections will take place on the same week as your recycling bin collections. As you fill out the bulk waste booking form you will be presented with the next five collection dates available for your property.
Bookings will need to made at least two weeks prior to a desired collection. Please note that only booked collections will result in items being collected.
Need more collections?
If you have used up all of your allocated collections for the financial year, the City encourages you to look at the other options available to you. These include:
For ideas of how to reduce waste please visit the Be waste wise section of our website.
As with the previous system rural properties are provided with a trailer (tip) pass in place of the verge collections. However, those who receive a tip pass can still book a mattress collection.
Pre-booked verge collections are not available to businesses. If you're a business you may like to visit the other waste disposal options page for more information about getting rid of bulk waste items.