Bulk bin FAQs

Find out the answers to frequently asked questions relating to bulk bins.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Who can use the free bulk bin service?
  2. Do you need to be a property owner or can I be a tenant?
  3. Can businesses have them?
  4. How many bins are available?
  5. How big is the bulk bin?
  6. How do I book a bulk bin?
  7. Can I book for a particular weekend?
  8. How much notice is required for booking?
  9. Can I specify a delivery or collection time for my bulk bin?
  10. How long can I have the bin?
  11. Can I get it collected earlier?
  12. Can I put the bulk bin where I want?
  13. To what level can I fill the bulk bin?
  14. What happens if I overload my bin?
  15. What can I put in my bulk bin?
  16. What can’t I put in my bulk bin?
  17. What happens if I put unacceptable items in my bin?
  18. What happens to my waste once my bin has been collected?
  19. Will any of my stuff get recycled?
  20. Do I need to be at home when the bulk bin is delivered and collected?
  21. What if someone else is putting rubbish in my bin?
  22. How do I know if I have asbestos?
  23. What do I do about asbestos disposal?


Who can use the free bulk bin service?

Any property with a residential address can use this service.
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Do you need to be a property owner or can I be a tenant?

Either owners or tenants can use this service, as long as the property address is a residential premise.
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Can businesses have them?

No. The bulk bin service is for residential households only.
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How many bins are available?

50 bulk bins are available.
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How big is the bulk bin?

4 cubic metres. Dimensions are 1.8 m long x 1.7 m wide x 1.5 m high.

In comparison, a standard box trailer filled to the top is approximately 1 cubic metre.
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How do I book a bulk bin?

Bookings can be made by calling the City’s contractor, Goldfields Builders Hire, on +61 8 9091 5430 during regular business hours.
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Can I book for a particular weekend?

Bookings are ’first come first served’, and if you would like to book it for a particular date, you should make an advanced booking. All bookings are subject to availability.
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How much notice is required for booking?

Notice periods depend on how long the waiting list is and how many bookings there are.
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Can I specify a delivery or collection time for my bulk bin?


You may request a morning or afternoon drop off, but we cannot promise any time more specific due to our scheduling requirements.
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How long can I have the bin?

A bulk bin will be delivered to a residential property for a 7 day period.
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Can I get it collected earlier?

Bins have to remain on the property for the full 7 days. We will try to accommodate requests for an earlier pickup; however we are unable to guarantee this.
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Can I put the bulk bin where I want?

You can request where the bin should be placed, however the driver will make the final decision based on safety and suitability, as the bin should not obstruct public walkways.
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To what level can I fill the bulk bin?

Bulk bins can only be filled to the top rail. This is very important, as it is illegal to transport overloaded bulk bins, and it will not be collected if overfull.
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What happens if I overload my bin?

If possible, the driver will remove any waste that is causing the bulk bin to be overloaded, before transporting it.

The waste will be left in the yard, and it is the resident's responsibility to clean up.
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What can I put in my bulk bin?

Bulk bins can be used for:

  • Furniture
  • Metal
  • Green waste
  • Stoves
  • White goods
  • Appliances
  • General household waste
  • Small pieces of timber.

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What can’t I put in my bulk bin?

Do not put the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals, pesticides, oils & paint
  • Car parts, batteries and tyres
  • Hazardous materials
  • Building or renovation materials
  • Oil filled heaters
  • Gas cylinders.

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What happens if I put unacceptable items in my bin?

Disposal of these items will be at the residents’ expense.
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What happens to my waste once my bin has been collected?

All waste is transported to a licensed waste facility for disposal.
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Will any of my stuff get recycled?

No. Please contact local groups that collect reusable and recyclable items for charitable and fundraising purposes.
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Do I need to be at home when the bulk bin is delivered and collected?

No. However, if you wish the bulk bin to be placed in a particular place, please tell customer service when you book your bin.
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What if someone else is putting rubbish in my bin?

It is illegal to use a bulk bin on another person's property. If the individual can be identified, they can be prosecuted.
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How do I know if I have asbestos?

There is no easy way of telling if you have asbestos. If you feel it may be asbestos, please contact us  for disposal options. Do not put it in bulk bin.
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What do I do about asbestos disposal?

Please refer to our information sheet on asbestos disposal, which can be found on the About waste management page.
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