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Pre-cyclone clean-up

Residents of Darwin are provided with an annual pre-cyclone clean-up service. The pre-cyclone clean-up is similar to a hard rubbish collection to help residents tidy up their yard in preparation for the cyclone season. The clean-up removes items which could become dangerous missiles in the event of a cyclone. 

Key Dates and Suburbs

The pre-cyclone clean up is carried out in two groups separated by geographical location (Northern - Zone 1 and Southern - Zone 2). The zones are divided by Rapid Creek and the Airport.  Each group is assigned a collection date for households to prepare items for collection. 

Zone One (Northern Suburbs) Saturday 2 September 2017 

Zone Two (Southern Suburbs) Saturday 16 September 2017

Zone 1 - Northern Suburbs

If you live in one of the suburbs below, your household is part of the Northern suburb (zone 1) collection.

  • Alawa
  • Anula
  • Brinkin
  • Casuarina
  • Jingili
  • Karama
  • Leanyer
  • Lyons
  • Malak
  • Marrara
  • Moil
  • Muirhead
  • Nakara
  • Tiwi
  • Wagaman
  • Wanguri
  • Wulagi

Zone 2 - Southern Suburbs

If you live in one of the suburbs below, your household is part of the Southern suburb (zone 2) collection.

  • Bayview
  • Coconut Grove
  • Darwin City
  • Fannie Bay
  • Larrakeyah
  • Ludmilla
  • Millner
  • Nightcliff
  • Parap
  • Rapid Creek
  • Stuart Park
  • The Gardens
  • The Narrows
  • Woolner

Residents Requiring Assistance

Seniors and residents with mobility limitations can request assistance to remove items from their property. Please call Council on 08 8930 0300 no later than the Friday before your collection.

Tips on Safety when placing your items

  • Ensure you place your items in a responsible way and keep the footpaths clear
  • Be aware of potential danger of items placed on other people's nature strips
  • Remember to keep footpaths clear and be mindful of the safety of others.

Separate Your Items

To make collection easier, we ask that items are separated into groups with similar items. Leave a space between groups rather than bundling everything together.

What will be picked up during the clean up?

Many items can be reused and recycled. To help, we ask that you separate items into groups of similar materials as each group is processed into different categories.

Here’s an example of what will be collected and how to group your materials:

General Household

  • furniture in good condition
  • intact kitchenware
  • good timber
  • toys
  • books
  • cardboard

Other Household

  • old carpet rolls
  • broken furniture
  • mattresses
  • old clothes
  • pallets


  • TVs
  • computers
  • tablets
  • monitors

Scrap Metals

  • bedframes
  • futon frame
  • nuts and bolts
  • trampolines
  • steel/aluminium
  • washing machines
  • bbqs
  • appliances
  • bikes

Items that will not be collected are:

  • garden refuse
  • liquids
  • paints
  • asbestos
  • car bodies.

More Information

Contact the Waste Team to find out more about the pre-cyclone clean-up:

08 8930 0300

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