What's Your Best Hard Rubbish Find/Haul?

I've had some really great hard rubbish hauls over the years. I've always been a bit of a hard rubbish pirate and dumpster diver so I've had some really good finds over the years, but today I think I hit my mother-lode.

Today I got:
1) LG 42LD560 (1080p, 100hz, smart functions, well reviewed) working fine. There was a Hitachi TV there also I am thinking of going back to get!
2) Brand new hot pink Lorna Jane shoes in the exact size my gf wears.
3) 2x 3/4 full Marc Jacobs & Ralf Lauren perfumes.
4) Samsung Gear VR (has been opened but protective plastic still on!).
5) Swanky SMEG microwave that still had the protective plastic on it! I ended up going back home and trading my disgusting microwave with it.

I'm going to head back there and see what else I can find!

6) Asus tablet
7) Large jewelers screw driver set
8) 2x Sagemcom NBN modem routers with AC wifi, USB3 and 4x gigabit ethernet ports.

Going to go back in a few hours and might find even more!

What's everyone's best finds?


  • +20 votes

    Geez, must've been a rich suburb. Postcode?

    Best I've found was a i5 Sandy Bridge PC with a 7870 that I parted out and sold for around $450 all up.

    • +2 votes

      Wow, that's actually a really nice find! I think that if I sold all of mine for the highest price I could get, that I would be lucky to get a bit over half the $450. Well done!

      Although once I got a really nice couch when I really needed a couch, and it got a lot of compliments until it fell apart a few years later. The cat found it really entertaining to go inside the crevices as it was falling apart. I miss that couch.

      Suburb is St Kilda Road - 3004, Melbourne. There's many upmarket apartment buildings and on hard rubbish days there's always great stuff to be found. There's also lots of tall commercial buildings that have great dumpster areas where on occasion there's heaps of computers/TVs/electronic gadgets to be found.

      • +5 votes

        What about the cat?

        • +6 votes

          Pretty sure Charles is still around. He is my landlord/room mates cat but I moved out of that place 6+ years ago. I miss him too, more than the couch that's for sure. I'm slightly allergic to cats but he was totally worth the sniffles and itching.

          Charles tax:

    • +21 votes

      If they're out on the kerb obviously waiting pick up by council, it's fair game.

      Of course, if it's nicely stacked and/or packed into boxes and it looks like someone's moving……

      • +7 votes

        If they're out on the kerb obviously waiting pick up by council, it's fair game.

        Yeah, not so fast…

        Some councils state that if it's left for collection then it's theirs, so no pinching their stuff.

        Usually ignored, I assume the laws were introduced to punish the cretins who make a mess by smashing old TVs for 5 cents of copper.

        • +3 votes

          Some councils state that if it's left for collection then it's theirs, so no pinching their stuff.

          Eh, this is a good summary, but councils don't set criminal laws - they really can't make the rules around this (afaik at least). Some councils have fines for "interfering"(?) with junk piles though, so yes, do so at your own risk.

          • +2 votes


            but councils don't set criminal laws

            Who said anything about criminal laws (SMH), councils can create all the by-laws they like.

            I'll see your 'eh' with: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/317985 (as linked below).

            First (& 3rd) post so you don't have to read very far. Bonus points if you could be bothered to ask the poster where he lives so we all know where not to live.


              @D C: From one of the links in that thread, seems to be:

              Brimbank, Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, among other councils, have local laws relating to hard rubbish scavengers.

        • +3 votes

          Some councils state that if it's left for collection then it's theirs, so no pinching their stuff.

          Screw the councils, they already get enough and provide little benefit.

        • +1 vote

          On the TV thing, a few years ago, I put out a perfectly operational 32" Toshiba CRT TV with its original stand. This was a top of the range unit that had a great picture. I placed a sticker on the TV stating that it was working. Some moron came along, pushed the TV over smashing the screen and ripped out the power cord! Really annoying as someone really could have enjoyed that TV.

          Our local council no longer dos kerbside collections and gives us four skip bins a year instead.

          • +3 votes

            @R4: That's because a CRT TV has a negative value now - no matter how good it was when you bought it. The only thing they're good for is the copper they contain.

            • +1 vote

              @macrocephalic: Sure, but this was a few years ago.

              Someone could have enjoyed that TV - like someone who's got no income or a pensioner.

            • +6 votes

              @macrocephalic: People get them for retro gaming.


                @relentless: The good thing about CRTs was that they worked well at any resolution. LCD tech looks blurry at non-default resolutions. My first computer had a 320x240 4 colour CGA monitor. It wasn't until you had a 640 x 480 256 colour SVGA that games started to look good (eg Ultima 7). And then came true colour, 24 bit: photographs looked great insread of being an ugly, dithered mess.

          • +1 vote

            @R4: Most of the scrappers are morons. You only have to look at the scrapping channels on YouTube to confirm that.

            The most annoying bit is that they want the copper from the back of the tube but don't take the degaussing copper from around the tube.


          Some councils state that if it's left for collection then it's theirs, so no pinching their stuff.

          Our council used to seem to separate the good stuff from the genuine rubbish for recycling or resale. Now they just squash the lot into the back of a garbage truck. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the thing eat the 2 old and torn leather couches we put out.


          There's probably some public liability protection in their too I imagine? I.e - Best not to rummage through unfamiliar stuff in case of hazardous materials.


            @desert eagle:

            public liability

            There's a thought. When I cut myself whilst smashing an old telly to get that 5 cents worth of copper, whom do I sue?

            Apart from @pegaxs, obviously. I'll assume it was his telly even though it was 5 blocks & an entire state away.

  • +5 votes

    I'm too embarrassed to go through hard rubbish.

    • +25 votes

      I've been yelled at before after getting out of my "nice car to go through other peoples rubbish".

      I once told them "that's how I afford the nice car".

      I'm pretty shameless though and love being combative - I can see how that kind of confrontation may embarrass most people.

      • +24 votes

        It strikes me as really odd when people are precious about their rubbish. Why do they prefer it to go to landfill instead of being reused? I always feel better when people take the things I’m tossing out during kerbside collection.

        • +2 votes

          Why do they prefer it to go to landfill instead of being reused?

          Partly "Hey, someone could be making money of my stuff! Not cool!"; partly "Gah, here's another idiot going to make a mess smashing everything for a few cents worth of wire"

        • +1 vote

          Personally, I don't think it's being precious… but I am often genuinely concerned at what becomes of the stuff that gets snapped up from the curbside.

          I have encountered a number of folk that make a living from harvesting, "fixing", then reselling appliances. When pushed, all of them ultimately admitted to having no real training, let alone qualifications when it came to working with mains powered.

          I know that some will take exception to this, but when it comes to appliances, I go out of my way to ensure that any dead appliances that I put out, stay dead. Recycle the raw materials all you like, but I need to be comfortable that my old CRT tv or bar heater isn't gonna burn someone's house down.

          • -8 votes

            @bobbieb: That's my concern as well. They take something that I am throwing out because it is broken or close to it and either try and repair it or sell it on gumtree and then it injures or kills someone.

            This can also support drug habits. Some meth riddled bogan comes past and picks through my rubbish just to get enough money to get a hit, to then get in their car and drive into a school crossing, high as (fropanity) killing people.

            The third group is the arseholes who just tear your shit to pieces on the yard to pick through bag, but don’t have the decency to clean it up to repack it when their done.

            Have I ever seen something I thought I could use? ie: bicycle, Yes. But I ALWAYS go to the door and ask, "do you mind if I have the bike?" If they say yes, I'll take it. If not, it gets left.

            • -7 votes


              go to the door and ask, "do you mind if I have the bike?" If they say yes, I'll take it. If not, it gets left.

              You're not welcome to trespass upon my private property and come to my door and bother me. Some gronk did this recently (though with stuff outside my front door, not out on the street, which is council land) then I hear him tell his mate in the car "he got cranky with me".
              If something is out ok council land, just take it as long as you don't make a mess. IMO your helping the entire neighborhood out, because it certainly is unsightly having a pile of trash sitting out front, so the sooner it's gone the better.
              Last thing I want is some stranger bothering me coming to me door to ask me about something which isn't even mine. It is thrown out and on council land not my land.

              • +9 votes

                @Chewybacca: Hate to burst your bubble but knocking on someone's front door is not trespassing.

                • -9 votes

                  @GalaxySkater58: I have "no trespassing" and "do not knock""no soliciting" signs, up at front gate.
                  Seems to enter upon my property, open my gate, walk up to my door, is trespassing.
                  Regardless of the legality or not, I still view a complete stranger (and potentially a theif) entering my property uninvited (and unwelcome) as trespassing, and they will be promtly be told to exit my property. If they do not, I believe they are legally then in violation of trespass laws.
                  Definition of trespassing "enter someone's land or property without permission."
                  If you go through my gate, come up to my door, you are trespassing, regardless of whether it is legal trespassing or not.

                  • +7 votes

                    @Chewybacca: Sorry to burst your bubble there, Chewie. Anyone is allowed to enter your land to come to your front door. It is not until they are "asked to leave" and then refuse to do so that they are trespassing. You can have all the signs up in the world, but if they approach your door, they are not trespassing, that is, until you ask them to leave. If they leave, no problem. If they don’t, then the police can be called or you can use "reasonable force" to eject them from the property.

                    This changes if you have an enclosed, fenced property. The act of crossing that boundary comes under "unlawful entry" and becomes a criminal matter, not a civil one. But, if you have a gate that they can open and come up to the front door, or an open driveway, that comes under the "implied access" rules.

                    "Do Not Knock" signs only apply to sales people. It does not apply to random people, neighbours, charity, politicians, postman, emergency services or your daughters arsehat boyfriend.

                    From the NSW State Library Law Reference website:

                    Under the law of trespass, if someone enters the property without permission you can ask them to leave. If they refuse to go when asked, they are trespassing and you can use reasonable force to remove them.


                    A person who enters with a particular purpose (for example, a door-to-door salesman or a neighbour visiting) has an implied right to come onto your property and up to your door.

                    (Please note, this is for NSW, other states may vary.)

                    • +1 vote

                      @pegaxs: Mormons also ignore the sign. NO I don't want your bible or to talk about God. Doorslam!


                        @lainey13: That’s because they are not obliged to follow the sign. The “do not knock” is only for sales people. Religion and charity workers are exempt.


                        @lainey13: Actually, Mormons are the only God-botherers I like.

                        they tend to be intelligent, and give considered answers.
                        Unlike say the Jehovah's who all seem to be idiots and/or emotionally disturbed.


                    @Chewybacca: As other's have said, someone coming up and knocking on your front door is not trespassing - despite what your signs state

              • +1 vote

                @Chewybacca: People who are socialised enough to be outside asking questions of strangers probably struggle to fathom that someone might have such a problem with something a high percentage of society thinks Is a non issue.

                Personality defects not withstanding.

                Then again I remember a whirlpool thread where people said they wouldn’t answer the door knock of a friend who did not call ahead to arrange a visit.

            • +3 votes

              @pegaxs: My sides. You're like the love child of Today Tonight and A Current Affair.

        • +1 vote

          I'm not so concerned about people injuring themselves with rubbish(although we threw out an expired child car seat once that some one collected…)

          The mess the idiots make is more concerning. The new breed of scavenger come with power tools and take specific components from electrical item leaving screws and mess all over your lawn (had this happen at 2am!).

          Heard story of sliding door getting glass smashed out so they could just take the metal frame.

          Kids bikes and car trailers being taken even though not on council side.


            @Gandalf the Thrifty:

            The mess the idiots make is more concerning

            This is the real concern. I am more than happy for someone to take away the unsightly pile of trash (or part thereof) as long as they dont make a mess.
            I would much rather something be reused rather than going into landfill. Even the transport to tip or recycling centre costs in 'energy' therefore is a cost to the environment. If someone is passing by anyway, and can reuse the item, that's great for me, them, and the planet.
            I picked up a clothes basket the other day, nothing else there, so probably not an official hard rubbish collection, just people often put things out here hoping someone will take them and use them (sometimes with a sign "free"). One of the clothes baskets had some disgusting soggy rubbish in it, momentarily I considered tipping it out, but instead I grabbed a plastic bag from car, turned it insided out, grabbed the rubbish, tied bag up and took the soggy trash (and semi broken clothes baskets) with me.
            I think a vast majority of people would have no issue at all with people re-using their throw out hard rubbish, as long as they take similar consideration as I did. Make sure you leave everything as tidy or more tidy, then it was.
            I doubt that majority of councils would even care, if not for the inconsiderate idiots who make a mess, or disrupt residents with noise ate at night etc.

        • +1 vote

          Sometimes they fling all the stuff all over the place when going through the rubbish and leave a mess. I've never experienced it but have seen it happen


          I only get pissed when people strip shit off my hard rubbish. Some of the stuff I put out is worth money, I just can't be arsed using GumTree to get rid of it. But if you like something on a piece of furniture or the like, take the whole piece instead of just ruining it and making a mess.

        • +1 vote

          I agree. I put out a whole bunch of stuff out for hard rubbish (I live on a main road) and was glad to see half the stuff taken and hopefully enjoyed by someone else.

          I had a whole lot of junk in a Ryobi cardboard box and the amount of people who pulled over, looked inside and were disappointed was amazing!


          I feel the same way. We once put out our old childhood bikes and it was great to see them being taken by parents with their kids.

        • +1 vote

          agree! for some reason its an oddly great feeling especially when you've just placed something and its gone real quick


        Are you the same guy that used to go through rubbish bins at shopping Centers to find any coke rewards labels?
        I remember that guy saying he was very shameless too!

  • +11 votes

    Toy box full of Lego pieces. Probably about 10kg worth

  • +5 votes

    I don't get the why some people care if others come to pick up items that they could easily put back into use instead of landfill!

    Some good stories here - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/317985


      From pegaxs' comment above:

      The garbage scabs in my area are like rabid dogs. They get into your neatly piled stuff and rip open bags, tear cardboard boxes and throw stuff around.

      I feel that'd get really old, really fast.

      • +2 votes

        I feel that'd get really old, really fast.

        If it actually happens, although I suspect that it doesn't.

        That said, it sounds like there's an open invite for beers in pegaxs' shed for any "mates" who'd like to join him and watch the live video stream from outside his house. I'd certainly be interested to hear back from anyone who attends.



        Agree on that point. There needs to be some common sense from those picking through items. Maybe labelling could alleviate some of the problem but then again some are just wild no matter what!

        • +5 votes

          when i hard rubbish collect I usually leave the pile cleaner than I found it. because (A) it makes it easier for collection, (B) it's the right thing to do, (C) I'm not a jerk.


            @altomic: Then you can come over and go through my pile of hard garbage any time, altomic. It’s a shame that not everyone has the same respect. (I’ll even tell you what’s “tampered” with ;)

            In my area, the council has strict guidelines on how the rubbish must be stacked, and if it isn’t neatly stacked, they will just drive on by and drop a note in your letterbox about why it wasn’t picked up. Found that out the hard way.


    Best I've found is an Aldi Coffee Machine that still works :P

    Guess I live in a poor area lol - but to be fair I don't dig, what I can see as I'm walking past is what I might grab. Also don't do the neighbourhood search. Am I a bad Ozbargainer?

  • -1 vote

    1980s Subaru $100 with a full tank. Surprisingly it wasn't a pricing error and worked very well.

    Oh and a Google Search Appliance for $1 because it looks good in the homelab rack and can be repurposed as a normal server.

    I'm also an avid video game collector and have found a lot of gems at garage sales and fairs for <$20. eBay used to be good back in the day, but now it's like reselling lego. That good condition copy of Wolfenstein 3D is selling for $200-$600ish.

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