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2022 Zones and Dates
For the clean-up to go smoothly, we've divided the collection into two zones. You can find the collection date for your suburb via the map below.
Items are to be placed on verges a day before collection,
Zone 1 (Green) - Monday 5 September 2022 | Zone 2 (Blue) - Monday 26 September 2022
Zone 1 (Green) - Monday 5 September 2022
Zone 2 (Blue) - Monday 26 September 2022
Do you require assistance?
Assisted pick-ups will be collected from 10 - 21 October 2022.
Seniors and residents with mobility limitations can request assistance to remove items from their property call 08 8930 0431.
Tips on safety when placing your items
- Ensure you place your items in a responsible way and in a neat pile to avoid spillage onto the footpath.
- Be aware of the potential danger of items placed on other people's nature strips
- Remove doors from items such as fridges, washing machines and dishwashers, and take out glass shelves
- Remember to keep footpaths clear and be mindful of the safety of others.
Separate Your Items
To make collection easier, please separate your items into groups with similar items.
Be sure to leave a space between groups rather than bundling everything together.
What will be picked up during the clean up?
Here’s an example of what will be collected and how to group your materials:
Did you Know?
When placing fridges, freezers or items with a compartment over 40L capacity or more, you must remove the doors/lids, hinges or locks before placing them in a public space.
Items that will not be collected are:
- garden refuse
- car parts / bodies / tyres / engines
- car batteries
- glass or mirrors
- food waste
- gas bottles
- waste that exceeds 2m2
- items that exceed 1.5m in length.
We are committed to creating a clean and green city.
You can do your bit by repairing household items or giving them a new lease on life, recycling cardboard using your yellow bin, and composting your food scraps for use in your garden.
- Who can put out items for the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up collection?
If you are a resident living in the Darwin municipality and you (or your landlord) pay a waste levy to City of Darwin, you are entitled to place your items out in time for the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up in your area. If you rent and are not sure if your property is included, we recommend contacting your landlord or property manager.
The Pre-Cyclone Clean Up is for residential properties only. All commercial/industrial properties should make their own waste disposal arrangements.
Please pay attention to the Zones and what dates your items needs to out by (see Zone map and times above). Items are not to be put out early as this can become a safety issue for the community.
- What happens to the items I put out?
Our clean-up crews start collecting items as per the below dates.
- Zone 1 - Monday, 5 September 2022
- Zone 2 - Monday, 26 September 2022
We assign our trucks to collect items in groups based around the type of material (for example metals are collected together, as is e-waste or furniture). This helps us sort items to maximise what can be reused and recycled.
The items are then taken to the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility.
If items are not grouped as specified, the ability to recycle/reused is limited.
Furniture, and other reusable items in good condition
- All items in good condition that can be reused are salvaged and donated to HPA Trash & Treasure shop.
Scrap Metals and Whitegoods
- Scrap Metals are taken to a scrap metal merchant for recycling
- Whitegoods are taken to Shoal Bay for degassing and taken to a scrap metal merchant for recycling
Other items that are recycled are
All other items that cannot be reused or recycled are landfilled at Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility.
- Why do I still have items on my verge even though it's past my Zones' pick-up date?
The reason that items are still on your verge could be:
- You have placed hazardous materials. Please check your letterbox for a Prohibited Items notice. You will need to make other arrangements for the disposal of these items.
- We have not reached your street yet. Please check this web page regularly as we will update suburbs completed as the collection conveys progresses.
- You have placed items in your verge before your collection date. Pickup dates and locations for the Zones are listed above.
We are still collecting item groups
Items are collected in groups by the types of product/material they are. As we are covering a large area, it can take several days for all of your items to be collected.
Please do not continue to place new items on the verge as we will not collect from groups that have already been picked up.
Examples of collection groups assigned:
- Scrap metals
- Furniture and toys
If you have placed hazardous materials out
Council is not licensed to transport hazardous materials such as paints, batteries, gas bottles, etc. If you have placed any of the items listed below, you are required to dispose of these appropriately yourself.
Items that will not be collected during the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up are:
- garden refuse, palm fronds, etc.
- general household waste that belongs in your red-topped bin.
- car bodies, tyres, batteries
- glass and mirrors
For advice, or more information on how to do this look up your items on our A-Z Disposal Guide or contact our Waste team
- I missed my pick up date; can I arrange a special collection?
No, we are unable to arrange special collections if you have missed your date.
If you have missed your date and have items that need to be disposed prior to the wet season, you are able to take them to the transfer station at the Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility. Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility is located off Vanderlin Drive and is open every day from 7am to 6pm except Christmas Day. You will need your access tag to enter the facility.
- Why do refrigerators, freezers and furniture with compartments need to have their doors and glass shelves removed?
Under '65AA Dumping of certain containers' of the Summary Offences Act it is an offence to leave the following items (if their capacity is equal to 40L or more) in a public place without first removing the doors/lids, locks and hinges.
- other articles of furniture with a compartment
These items can pose a safety risk to small children.
Glass shelves from refrigerators should also be removed and disposed of safely. Glass becomes a serious hazard if left on the verge.
- Can seniors or people with a disability get assistance with their items?
Yes, if you are a resident requiring assistance and it is prior to your collection date please call us on:
- Why is it called the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up and not a hard rubbish collection?
Rumour has it that the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up started many years ago and was a service provided by Neighbourhood Watch for Nightcliff residents only to help them prepare for the upcoming cyclone season.
Now it is a service provided by Council for the whole Darwin municipality (paying a waste levy). We still call it the Pre-Cyclone Clean Up as the main aim of the collection is to make sure your home is free from hazardous materials in the event of a cyclone.
Contact us for more Pre-Cyclone Clean-up information