Monday, 12 September 2011

Perth Verge Collection Map

Updated 17th May 2014.

I've been fiddling with this for a while, so it's time to share: A google maps layer that shows the Vergeside rubbish collection areas for the whole Perth metropolitan area. This is pretty useful to anyone around Perth who're looking for some free furniture or appliances, as well as to those just wondering when their next vergeside collection is.

I'll update this post with relevant data as it changes.

How it works and notes: 
  • Click here to get to the full version of the map. It's easier to work with than the embedded version below.
  • On the left you have the various collection zones/councils with the next known collection date. Flick through the pages to see the rest of the zones, as google maps won't display them all at once by default.
  • The date represents when the collection itself starts, not when to start putting things out.
  • You can save this map directly in your google profile by hitting the save to my places button.
  • You can export the map data as KML if you want and do anything you like with it. It should work with most mapping applications that support layers.
  • This works great on your mobile phone. It works with Google Maps for Blackberry and Android, Google Earth for iOS, and it should work with any map software that supports google layers or importing kml data. Combined with your phones GPS, it's pretty handy when you're in the field.
  • This is a work in progress, and there's bound to be gaps and occasional errors. Local councils often provide patchy data.
  • For similar projects try Freecycle Perth , Free items on gumtree, and the Perth Kerbside Collection Facebook page.
  • If you have any suggestions or updated information, email me or add a comment below. 
  • I can't believe I'm putting this in, but it keeps coming up: If you want to interview me about verge collecting or the map, emailing me the questions is the easiest and most reliable way to get a response.


View Perth Bulk Rubbish in a larger map

Local Government Areas currently mapped:
Click on a council to see their information page about bulk rubbish.

Local Government Areas currently lacking data:
If you have one of the council verge collection pamphlets for these areas, please let me know

Using this on the move:
  • Sign into your google account and save the map above to your account. This will allow you to access it from any program that supports layers.
  • If you have an android phone, use the built-in google maps. When you go to load layers, it will appear on the list of options.
  • If you have a blackberry phone, install google maps for Blackberry. You can sign into your account via the menu and load layers.
  • If you have an iPhone/iPad, install Google earth. Sign into your google account, and load the layers from there.
Here's a screenshot of what the ipad version looks like on the move - The blue dot is your current location. It makes it damn easy to work out the edges of verge pickup.


32 comments:

  1. Fantastic.... Just what I needed.
    Thanks - you are a green thingamy... good guy type. reuse is even better than recycling.

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    1. Glad to help. If you can think of anything to improve it, just let me know.

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    2. How about current "verge collection" areas (ie. collection happening this week or next week)glowing on the map with pulsating colours?
      That would be cool....
      Well you did ask...

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    3. i agree thanks for taking the head f out of logistics. i have armadale and stirling details somewhere i'll dig them up

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  2. how about shire of mundaring?

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    1. I'll give it a shot. Mundaring doesn't provide any actual maps for the areas covered, so my version might have a few errors along the border.

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    2. The Shire of Mundaring is now included. I had to use some vague suburb boundaries but it should be approximately right.

      They also haven't updated their verge collection dates since last year, but I'll add them when they come up.

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  3. Thanks. This is better than what I was looking for, and the ability to use it on my BB is SUPER! Great for mum with little ones. Last week I found a cubby house (without even looking), now the possibilities are endless. Re-use, Re-think, Re-cycle...

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  4. This is excellent - thank you for your research! It's just what I was hoping to come across :)

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  5. For Stirling go to http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/Resident/Services/Rubbish-and-recycling/Pages/Household-waste.aspx and enter any number and choose a street from the drop down list. It is not the best but it is better than nothing.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. The problem with stirling has always been that we don't know the edge of the collection areas, which makes it tough to map. However, somebody recently let me know that they might split up their collections into their normal wards. If that's true, I'll have it up on the map in the next few days.

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  6. What about Kalamunda? We've not long had ours.

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    1. Kalamunda is already on the map, it was recently updated with your next collection (march/april next year).

      If you can't see it, try clicking through to the full version of the map.

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  7. Stirling verge pick up info online: http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/resident/services/rubbish-and-recycling/pages/verge-collections.aspx

    Stirling area maps: http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/Resident/Services/Rubbish-and-recycling/Rubbish%20and%20Recycling%20Information/Verge%20Collection%20Area%20Map%20web.pdf

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  8. Great! That is just what I needed.
    Thank you =)

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  9. Love your work!

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  10. Great work - thanks!

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  11. hey dude when is Melville on again in 2013

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    1. I've updated the map with the latest info, it looks like melville is happening in October/November.

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  12. OMGOSH, just what we dedicated verge collectors needed, a current scabbing map. Thankyou so much, I will refer to this site regularly, thanks thanks thanks.

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  13. FYI - Kerb pickup in Woodvale this weekend (22nd and 23rd June). Also noticed bulk goods on the side of the road in 'Stirling Zone 1' today.

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  14. your a legend thanks for putting this up

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  15. This may be a stupid question. You have all of the colours all over the map to represent the designated areas and dates, but what do the colours mean? How do I know which colours mean now and which colours mean last week or next month?

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    1. At the moment they don't mean much - they're just a way to distinguish each area from the ones around it.

      I'd like to have a better system of colour representation (say, blue for areas in the distant future up to red for areas on in the next week) but for that I'd have to move it to a custom page, which would make it a bit less accessible.

      I might trial it, but at the moment there's no big changes planned.

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  16. Love the idea! It would be interesting to work out the savings of reduced transport of 'waste' and the benefits from re-use.
    I would like to be able to search by date eg enter today's date so I can see where verge throwouts are on so if I am going somewhere I can drive there and back via the throwouts

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  17. Has anyone received a pamphlet for the Armadale area this week. We have noticed hard rubbish but haven't received anything in the mail.

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  18. A subscribable calendar would be very cool

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  19. Nice work - very impressive and details. Thanks!

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  20. Thanks for this. Do u have a summary for Feb 2014?

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  21. Just a thought ... considered making a downloadable Outlook calendar item for all the dates you collate? Can set it so the reminders come up a few days prior too - could even set yourself a reminder notice to check the dates for specific councils on a set date a few months after the respective collection date for that area...

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  22. Mate we all owe you a beer. Thanks!

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  23. awesome work. you're brilliant and making my art like a billion times cheaper keep it up!

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