Recycling from A-Z

Find out Which Bin or where to take items you want to dispose of responsibly.

If you are still unsure about Which Bin a specific item should go in,
call your local council or phone the Which Bin hotline on 1300 137 118


  • A
  • Aerosol Can (empty)
    Special instructions/More information

    Remove lids

  • Aerosol Can (not empty)
    Alternative 1

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to https://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/hazwaste

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aeorosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover


  • Animal Poo (composting councils)

    Animal waste can be placed in the green organics bin if left loose, wrapped in newspaper or bagged in compostable bag supplied by your council.

    Animal poo that has been bagged in a plastic bag should be placed in the waste bin.

    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Animal Poo (mulching councils)

    Animal waste CANNOT be placed in the green organics bin if your council use the green waste for mulching around your local district.

    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Asbestos
    Alternative 1

    Contact EPA or Safe Work SA for safe disposal

    Special instructions/More information

    Contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) p: 8204 2004 OR go to http://www.asbestos.sa.gov.au/ for more information

  • Ash / Charcoal
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

    Special instructions/More information

    Must be cold and not smouldering/hot

  • B
  • Bag - Shopping (Plastic or netted, produce bag)

    Alternative 1

    Your local supermarket may accept plastic shopping bags for recycling through the  REDcycle system. To find a location please go here.


  • Bag - Zip Lock
    Alternative 1

    Clean and re-use them

  • Baking Paper
    Alternative 1

    If it is certified ‘Compostable’ (AS5810) then it can be placed in the green lidded food and garden organics bin.

  • Batteries - Hazardous (Lead Acid, Car battery, Laptop battery, Rechargeable battery)
    Alternative 1

    Mobile phone batteries can be recycled through the Mobile Muster Program. Automotive batteries can be recycled at auto part retailers or service stations. Check with your local council as some have a recycling, drop-off facility available for residents.

    Alternative 2

    98% of lead acid batteries can be reclaimed through the Century Yuasa nationwide battery recycling program.

    Special instructions/More information

    Mobile Muster: http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/ Century Yuasa nationwide battery recycling program: http://www.cyb.com.au/our-priorities/environment/recycling

  • Batteries - Household (Single-use Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D & 9V)
    Alternative 1

    Find recycling options near you through the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative. E-Cycle Recovery, ALDI & IKEA Stores also offer a recycling service.

    Alternative 2

    Check with your local Council as they may offer a battery recycling service.

    Special instructions/More information

    ALDI: https://corporate.aldi.com.au/en/corporate-responsibility/operations/battery-recycling/ Australian Battery Recycling Initiative: http://www.batteryrecycling.org.au/recycling/handheld-batteries E-Cycle Recovery: http://www.ecyclerecovery.com.au/

  • Beverage Containers - Non-Refundable (milk carton, juice carton)
  • Beverage Containers - Refundable (Bottle, can, small drink carton,)
    Alternative 1

    Take to recycling depot/centres and receive your refund.

    Special instructions/More information

    Find list of recycling depots near you: http://www.recyclesa.com.au/

  • Bread tags
    Special Instructions/More information:

    Please place bread tags into a milk bottle container along with other small plastic items.  Once full place in the Yellow Lidded recycling bin.

    Alternative 1:

    Bread tags are able to be collected and dropped into an outlet who is collecting for Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.  For information on collection points please go to Bread Tags for Wheelchairs locations


  • C
  • Car Parts (Windscreen, seats, engine, parts)

    Seek information through Scrap Metal Merchants, Recycling depots, and alternatively try the transfer station.

  • Car Seat (child/baby)
    Alternative 1

    RAA accept all children’s car seats please take to RAA Safety Section 101 Richmond Road Mile End. Free disposal service you do not need to have purchased from the RAA.  They will separate the components and recycle the individual parts.

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection, please remove all covers and inserts.  Cut the harness, top tether and adjustable webbing, Remove the stickers and write on the car seat shell ‘broken do not use’.

  • Cartons (Milk / Juice)
    Alternative 1

    10c deposit items can be taken to recycling depot/centres.

    Special instructions/More information

    Find list of recycling depots near you: http://www.recyclesa.com.au/

  • Chemical drum

    Alternative 1

    The Dry Creek depot is now closed

    Free drop off locations NOW OPEN:

    North Plympton: 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

    Campbelltown: 6 Newton Road, Campbelltown. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm

    Edinburgh North: Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, Weekends 9am-3pm

    Heathfield: 32 Scott Creek Road, Healthfield. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm, Weekends 9am-4pm

    For queries on where to take paint, and household chemicals, or more details on the new opening times please call 8204 2051

    For your nearest free paint drop off location, visit PaintBack's website: www.paintback.com.au

    Accepted items:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Brake fluid and coolants
    • Motor oil
    • Cleaning products
    • Fumigants
    • Liquid paints – oil and water-based up to 100 litres
    • Gas cylinders
    • Batteries
    • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
    • Photographic chemicals
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Solvents, varnishes and stains
    • Fluorescent light globes
    • Other household chemicals

    Regional chemical disposal options in South Australia

    For your nearest chemical drum (20 litre) disposal site in regional areas, visit the drumMUSTER website. ChemClear provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with collection and disposal for their unwanted chemicals, for more information visit the ChemClear website.
  • Chemicals - Household and Garden (herbicides, insecticide, cleaning fluids, cleaning powders, acids, paints, detergents, poisons, pesticides)
    Alternative 1

    The Dry Creek depot is now closed

    Free drop off locations NOW OPEN:

    North Plympton: 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

    Campbelltown: 6 Newton Road, Campbelltown. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm

    Edinburgh North: Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, Weekends 9am-3pm

    Heathfield: 32 Scott Creek Road, Healthfield. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm, Weekends 9am-4pm

    For queries on where to take paint, and household chemicals, or more details on the new opening times please call 8204 2051

    For your nearest free paint drop off location, visit PaintBack's website: www.paintback.com.au

    Accepted items:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Brake fluid and coolants
    • Motor oil
    • Cleaning products
    • Fumigants
    • Liquid paints – oil and water-based up to 100 litres
    • Gas cylinders
    • Batteries
    • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
    • Photographic chemicals
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Solvents, varnishes and stains
    • Fluorescent light globes
    • Other household chemicals

    Regional chemical disposal options in South Australia

    For your nearest chemical drum (20 litre) disposal site in regional areas, visit the drumMUSTER website. ChemClear provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with collection and disposal for their unwanted chemicals, for more information visit the ChemClear website.
  • Chewing gum
    Special instructions/more information:

    Chewing gum is a polymer/plastic. It is not an organic compostable material and cannot be composted through the food and garden organic bin service.

  • Christmas Decorations (ornaments)
    Alternative 1

    Reuse next year or donate to charity if in good condition.

    Alternative 2

    Consider making decorations from recycled paper and old greeting cards or natural materials like pinecones, gumnuts and leaves. This is a fun, environmentally friendly activity for children.

    Special instructions/more information

    As most decorations are made from a composite of several different materials including plastic, metal, glue, wax and paper, they cannot be separated for recycling. Tinsel can also wrap around the sorting machinery causing it to malfunction or breakdown.

     

  • Christmas Tree (plastic)
    Alternative 1

    Donate to charity if in good condition

    Special instructions/more information

    Chop into small pieces for easier disposal

  • Cleaning Sponges / Cloths / Rags
  • Cling Film Wrap (saran wrap, cling Wrap, clingfilm, plastic food wrap, glad wrap)

    Redcycle no longer accept cling wrap. Cling film or cling wrap should be placed in the waste bin.

  • Clothes line (dismantled)
    Alternative 1

    Recycle it at your local scrap metal recycler.  Find local scrap metal recycling locations here.

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection or Put Out Day.  You will need to contact your local council to arrange.

  • Clothing
    Alternative 1

    Donate or sell them 

    If in good condition, donate them to a charity store such as Diabetes SA Ph: 8234 1977, Salvation Army Ph: 137 258, St Vincent De Paul Ph: 8112 8777 or Goodwill Ph: 8202 5070. Winter Clothing can be donated to Red Cross – 08 8100 4500

    Sell or donate online through Facebook shop, ‘buy, swap & sell’ a ‘clothes swap’ group or Gumtree.

    Sell them at a garage sale.

    H&M – Drop off clothes and textiles from ANY brand, in ANY condition to H&M stores

    Patagonia, Common Threads – Bring back your unwanted Patagonia clothing and accessories to any Patagonia store and they’ll recycle it and give you store credit!

    The North Face, Clothes the Loop – Recycling clothing and shoes from any brand at North Face stores.

    Alternative 2

    If clothes are worn out use them as rags for cleaning or mechanical work.

    Alternative 3

    Repurpose them into something new. Check out 40 mindblowing ways to re-purpose old clothing

  • Coat Hanger
    Alternative 1

    Donate to charity if in good condition

  • Coffee Pods
    Alternative 1

    Recycle Nespresso coffee pods at any Nespresso store.

  • Compostable Items (Cup, Plate, Knife, Fork)
    Special instructions/More information

    Must specify that it is certified as compostable and not just biodegradable/degradable. For more details on compostable vs biodegradable bags go here.

    Items could include bags, cutlery, cups, plates, bamboo utensils and containers.

  • Computers and Accessories
    Alternative 1

    There are several drop off points in South Australia.   

    Unplug N’ Drop - Locations throughout SA here.

    Electronic Recycling Australia - 149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale  SA  5032

    ECycleSA - 12-14 Baulderstone Road, Gepps Cross

    Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre - Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113

    Pooraka Resource Recovery Centre63-75 Research Road, Pooraka SA 5095


    Televisions, calculator, camera,  computers, computer mice, keyboards, white-goods, electric radiators, air conditioners, electric fans, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, irons, electric knives, electric shavers, copying equipment, telephones, radios, video cameras, DVD’s, VCR’s, CD’s, CD players and recorders, speakers, sewing machines, drills, saws, welding tools, electric mowers, electronic gardening equipment , electronic toys, leisure and sports equipment, hand held video game consoles, sports equipment with electric or electronic components.

  • Construction and Demolition Materials - (Bricks, Rubble. Building Materials, Rocks, Gutters, Insulation, Fiberglass, Masonite, Timber)
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot

    Types of construction items might include:

    Fiberglass, gutters, insulation, masonite, fibreboard, laminated timber.

    Alternative 2

    Salvage yards may take bricks, pavers and tiles if they think they can be resold.

  • Coreflute sign
  • Corks (Wine Corks)
  • Cutlery - Metal
    Alternative 1

    If in good condition, donate them to a charity shop.

  • Cutlery - Plastic

    Please place all cleaned plastic cutlery inside a see-through milk bottle.

  • Cutlery - Wooden/bamboo
  • D
  • Dead Animals (eg small rats)
    Special instructions/More information

    Wrap in newspaper first

  • Deodorant roll-ons (empty)
  • Dirt / Soil
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot

  • Dryer Lint
  • E
  • Electronic Waste / Electrical Items / E-Waste (anything with a battery or cord and light fixtures)
    Alternative 1

    There are several drop off points in South Australia.   

    Unplug N’ Drop - Locations throughout SA .  To find a location please go here.

    Electronic Recycling Australia - 149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale  SA  5032

    ECycleSA - 12-14 Baulderstone Road, Gepps Cross

    Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre - Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113

    Pooraka Resource Recovery Centre63-75 Research Road, Pooraka SA 5095


    Televisions, calculator, camera,  computers, computer mice, keyboards, white-goods, electric radiators, air conditioners, electric fans, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, irons, electric knives, electric shavers, copying equipment, telephones, radios, video cameras, DVD’s, VCR’s, CD’s, CD players and recorders, speakers, sewing machines, drills, saws, welding tools, electric mowers, electronic gardening equipment , electronic toys, leisure and sports equipment, hand held video game consoles, sports equipment with electric or electronic components.

  • Exercise equipment
    Alternative 1

    Donate to charity if in good condition

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection or Put Out Day.  You will need to contact your local council to book a collection.


  • Eye Glasses (safety glasses, reading glasses, sun glasses)
    Alternative 1

    Donate to Charity if in good condition

    Special instructions/More information

    Donate them at Lions Clubs International Recycle for Sight for details go here.   Or to   OneSight at OPSM go here. Your glasses are then distributed to charities helping developing communities.

  • F
  • Fire Extinguisher (PFAS foam Halon/BCF)

    Alternative 1

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries for more information.

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aerosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

    Alternative 3

    Take to most fire safety stores (eg. eFire and Safety on Grand Junction Rd) or your local metropolitan fire stations (eg. to MFS Logistics/Stores on 84 Angas Street, Adelaide 5000) for correct disposal and recycling. Domestic quantities accepted only.

    Special instructions/more information:

    Halon/BCF: It has been illegal to own or use halon based fire protection systems in Australia since 1995, unless for an approved essential use. Fire extinguishers containing halon are colour coded yellow.  CLICK HERE for more information on Halon/BCF fire extinguishers.

    Foam fire extinguishers have a blue band. CLICK HERE for more information on foam fire extinguishers. These may still be reused and refilled by an authorised fire safety service provider.

    On 30 January 2018 changes to the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 (WQEPP) came into effect which banned the use of firefighting foams containing fluorinated organic compounds, which includes foams containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (C8 -PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (≤C6 -PFOA) (fluorinated firefighting foam)

  • Fire Extinguisher (PFOA/fluorine foam containing)
    Alternative 1

    Local waste transfer station/waste depot. If the transfer station or waste depot does not accept used fire extinguishers, contact your extinguisher supplier.

    Alternative 2

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries for more information.

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aerosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

    Alternative 3

    Take to most fire safety stores (eg; eFire and Safety on Grand Junction Rd) or your local metropolitan fire stations (eg. to MFS Logistics/Stores on 84 Angas Street, Adelaide 5000) for correct disposal and recycling. Domestic quantities accepted only.

    Special instructions/more information:

    Foam fire extinguishers have a blue band. CLICK HERE for more information on foam fire extinguishers.

    On 30 January 2018 changes to the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 (WQEPP) came into effect which banned the use of firefighting foams containing fluorinated organic compounds, which includes foams containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (C8 -PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (≤C6 -PFOA) (fluorinated firefighting foam)

  • Fishing Line (Monofilament)
  • Flooring Materials (Carpet / Underlay / Linoleum / Lino)
    Alternative 1

    Hard Waste Collection

    Alternative 2

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot


  • Food Scraps (composting councils)
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Food scraps (mulching councils)

    Food waste CANNOT be placed in the green organics bin if your council use the green waste for mulching around your local district.

    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Footwear (Shoes, Boots, Thongs, Sandals)

    Alternative 1

    If in good condition take to a charity shop.

  • Fuel/Petrol
    Special instructions/more information:

    Alternative 1

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries for further information.

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aerosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

  • Furniture
    Alternative 1

    If in good condition, donate them through a Charity store or sell or giveaway online via Facebook shop, a community ‘buy, swap and sell’ page or Gumtree.

    Items include chairs, tables, couches etc.

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection

    Special instructions/More information

    Freecycle: https://www.freecycle.org/browse/AU/South%20Australia Freally: https://www.facebook.com/Freally-110046212353705/

  • G
  • Garden Tools
    Alternative 1

    Donate to charity if in good condition

  • Garden Waste (Small Branches, Bark, Flowers, Leaves)
    Important Information: 
    Large Branches over 15cm in diameter and 60cm long CANNOT be placed in your Green Organics bin.  They must go to the local waste
    transfer station.
    Items that grow like flowers and all manner of plants. 
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Gardening Equipment (Garden tools, Lattice, Ropes, String/Twine, Plant Pots)
  • Gas Bottles / Cylinders Large
    Alternative 1

    Refill through Swap ‘n’ Go exchange at most service stations

    Alternative 2

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to https://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/hazwaste

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aeorosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

  • Gas Bottles / Cylinders Small (Soda Stream, Butane Gas)
    Alternative 1

    Soda Stream can be returned to the outlet of repurchase. 

    Alternative 2

    Butane cylinders could be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depots which will be opening in August 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to new, more conveniently located centres in Campbelltown, Heathfield, and North Plympton. The Edinburgh site will be open from late-August.

    For queries on where to take paint, and household chemicals, or more details on the new opening times please call 8204 2051

  • Guns and bullets
    Special instructions/More information

    Contact your local Police Station

  • H
  • Hair (human and pet hair and finger / toe nails)
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

  • Hot Water Service
    Alternative 1

    Recycle it at your local scrap metal recycler

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection

    Special instructions/More information

    Find local scrap metal recycling locations here: http://www.recyclingsa.com.au/?gclid=CMPj1aPh1MwCFYGavAodm8oADA

  • I
  • Irrigation Pipe/Tubing
    Special instructions/More information

    For easier disposal, cut pipe into shorter lengths before placing into the general waste bin.

  • K
  • Kitchenware - Ceramic / Crockery / Glassware / Glass

    Alternative 1

    If in good condition could be taken to a charity shop.

    Alternative 2

    If broken please wrap in newspaper and place in the Waste to Landfill bin.

  • Kitchenware - Metal (Baking tray, muffin tray, cake tin)
  • Kitchenware - Plastic (Tupperware, Decor plastic containers, Plastic Cups and bowls, Trays lunch boxes)
  • Kitty Litter - Paper / Sawdust
  • Kitty Litter - Stone / Clay / Crystallised
  • L
  • Large household items -Toilet Cistern - BBQ - Furniture
    Alternative 1

    Hard Rubbish Collection. For more information on your Hard Rubbish Collection service please call your local council.

  • Lawn Mower
    Alternative 1

    Recycle it at your local scrap metal recycler

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection

    Special instructions/More information

    Find local scrap metal recycling locations here: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/scrap-metals   

  • Lid Large - Metal
  • Lid Large - Plastic

    Alternative 1

    Cut them into smaller pieces and place inside a milk bottle along with smaller plastic lids and plastic bottle tops.

  • Lid Small / Bottle Top - Metal (Screw tops)
  • Lid Small / Bottle Top - Plastic
    Special instructions/More information

    Place these into a milk bottle and once full put into the yellow lidded recycling bin.

  • Light Fittings
    Alternative 1

    Donate to Charity if in good condition or should go to electrical recycling. 

  • Light Globes (incandescent / old style bayonett / halogen / fluorescent)

    Alternative 1

    Householders can recycle light globes at Mitre 10 stores across South Australia.  

    Alternative 2

    Ikea also accept regular light bulbs, low energy light bulbs (e.g. compact fluorescent)

  • Long Life Carton (Milk, Juice, Stock, Sauces – empty)
  • M
  • Margarine Container (empty)
  • Mattress
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection

    Special instructions/More information

    Restrictions may apply – check with your local council.

  • Media (Audio Tape, Video Tape, CD, DVD)
    Alternative 1

    There are several drop off points in South Australia.   

    Unplug N’ Drop - Locations throughout SA https://www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/unplug-n-drop/where/

    Electronic Recycling Australia - 149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale  SA  5032

    ECycleSA - 12-14 Baulderstone Road, Gepps Cross

    Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre - Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113

    Pooraka Resource Recovery Centre63-75 Research Road, Pooraka SA 5095


    Televisions, calculator, camera,  computers, computer mice, keyboards, white-goods, electric radiators, air conditioners, electric fans, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, irons, electric knives, electric shavers, copying equipment, telephones, radios, video cameras, DVD’s, VCR’s, CD’s, CD players and recorders, speakers, sewing machines, drills, saws, welding tools, electric mowers, electronic gardening equipment , electronic toys, leisure and sports equipment, hand held video game consoles, sports equipment with electric or electronic components.

  • Medical Waste - (Band-aid, bandage, contact lens, cotton bud)
  • Medicine Packaging - Tablet Blister Packs
    Alternative 1

    If all Aluminium foil then can be wrapped in left over foil and made into the fist size ball and placed in the recycling bin.

    Alternative 2

    If a composite / mix of plastic and foil then must go into landfill waste bin.

  • Medicines / Pharmaceuticals (unwanted, expired, needle, tablet, sharps syringes)
    Alternative 1

    Take to your local chemist

  • Metal Items - Large
    Special instructions/More information

    These items could be taken to your closest scrap metal merchant who may pay you for these items.  No Glass Lids

  • Metal Items - Small (Pots & Pans, Cake tin)
    Special instructions/More information

    No Glass Lids

  • Mobile Phones
    Alternative 1

    Recycle through the Mobile Muster Program: http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/

    Alternative 2

    Drop off at participating phone retailers, Australia Post or Officeworks



  • N
  • Nappies - Compostable, Disposable
    Special instructions/More information

    At present, there is no known brand of compostable nappies that can completely break down in a commercial composting system. This is due to the plastic elements such as liners, tabs, and elastic that remain as residue after being processed. The plastic components equate to more than 10% which is above the acceptable contamination.

    For this reason all nappies need to be disposed of in the general waste to landfill bin.

    Jeffries will continue to try to find more sustainable solutions by testing compostable brands of nappies in the hope of finding a brand that can be composted through a commercial operation.

  • O
  • Office supplies - Binder
    Alternative 1

    If in good condition, donate to a school book store or charity.


  • Oil - Cooking
  • Oil - Motor
    Alternative 1

    There many places such as council facilities, transfer stations, waste management centres or landfill sites accept used oil .Go to: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/motor-oil to find your nearest location.

    Alternative 2

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries .

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aeorosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

  • Oily Rags

    Another alternative is that some oil recycling businesses will accept oily rags through their recycling system for example Super Cheap Auto stores https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/services/in-store-services/oil-recycling 
      

  • P
  • Packaging - Combination / Composite of Materials (wine cask bladder, cup a soup, mailing satchel, cup-a-soup, noodle cups, pringle chip container)

    Some things just cannot be recycled like Pringle Chip container,  Mailing Satchels, 

  • Packaging - Expanded Foam / Polystyrene / Styrofoam (Meat tray, takeaway container, cups, electrical good packaging)
    Alternative 1

    Try to avoid purchasing items that are made from Polystyrene where possible.  Items like foam cups, meat trays, takeaway containers, instant noodle cups.  

    Alternative 2

    If you purchase TV's Electrical Items and they are packaged in Polystyrene then ask the retail store if they have a take back program for packaging.

    Alternative 3

    Some large foam boxes could be used as storage containers and home made esky.  Try to reuse where possible. 


  • Packaging - Glass Containers (Sauce bottles, jars)



  • Packaging - Metal (Alfoil, Blister Pack all foil, Foil Trays and wrap, Cans, Bag Ties, Coated wire, Cat food tin)
  • Packaging - Paper / Cardboard (Paper bag, box, washing powder box, egg cartons)

    All cardboard packaging.  Including paper cups, butchers paper, egg cartons, envelopes, wrapping paper, pizza box without food, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, cigarette packet, 

  • Packaging - Plastic Hard (CD Case, DVD Case, Video Case)
  • Packaging -Tetra Pak (Long life milk, juice, vegetable stock)

    How to recycle

    The Tetra Pak plastic parts (lid and spout) should be removed and collected in a clear plastic bottle (like other bits of small plastic) and then put in the yellow lidded bin.  The remaining Tetra Pak container can be placed in the yellow lidded bin.

  • Paint (dry)
    Special instructions/More information

    Make sure paint is completely dry before placing into the bin. You can purchase paint drying tablets from hardware stores or leave paint tin open to dry out. Once dry the paint can be scraped out into the general waste bin.

  • Paint (wet)
    Alternative 1

    You can take your waste paint and packaging to any Paintback site. Find your nearest Paintback Collection Site:http://www.paintback.com.au/find-location

    Alternative 2

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries.

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aeorosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover



  • Paint tins (empty)
    Special instructions/More information

    Empty & Dry. Tip: Dry paint can be emptied into the General Waste/Landfill Bin.

  • Pallets - Wood
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot or Adelaide Pallet Recycling

    Special instructions/More information

    Small amounts broken up in Green Organics Bin. Adelaide Pallet Recycling: http://www.adelaidemulch.com.au/

  • Paper - Laminated
  • Paper - Shredded (post-it-notes) composting councils
    Note:  Yorke Peninsula Council does not accept shredded paper in its green organics system it must go into the waste bin as they mulch their green waste and do not compost it.
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

    Alternative 2

    Give to a local pet store to use as animal bedding.

    Special instructions/More information

    Green Organics/Compost Bin: Place in loose (without a bag).

    Please don’t place it in the yellow lid recycle bin. If it is placed in the recycle bin it will filter through and contaminate other recyclable items.

  • Paper - Shredded (post-it-notes) mulching councils
    Note:  Yorke Peninsula Council does not accept shredded paper in its green organics system it must go into the waste bin because they mulch their green waste and do not compost it.
    Alternative 1

    Compost/Worm Farm/Bokashi

    Alternative 2

    Give to a local pet store to use as animal bedding.

    Special instructions/More information

    Green Organics/Compost Bin: Place in loose (without a bag).

    Please don’t place it in the yellow lid recycle bin. If it is placed in the recycle bin it will filter through and contaminate other recyclable items.

  • Paper / Cardboard (Greeting Card, Gift Wrapping Paper, Toilet Rolls)

    Paper and cardboard should not be dirty. 

    Please note that Waxed paper needs to go into the Landfill Bin

  • Pens, textas and markers
  • Personal Hygiene - Bathroom (baby wipes, dental floss, makeup, tampon, sanitary pad, tissue, toothbrush, toothpaste tube)
  • Photo Frame
    Alternative 1

    Donate to Charity if in good condition

  • Photographs
  • Plastic - Hard (All hard plastic containers, bottle, spray bottle, cup, plate, toy, basket, washing basket, box, video case)

    Alternative 1

    If you have drink bottles and the bottle or container is a part of the CDL system you are able to take it to a recycler and receive a refund.  To locate a recycler please go to http://www.recyclesa.com.au/locations/

    Alternative 2

    If you have items that are in good condition please take to a charity shop for reuse.

  • Plastic - Soft (Bread bag, lolly wrapper, cellophane, potting mix bag, shopping bag, ice block wrapper, chocolate wrapper, chip packet, cereal box liner))

    Alternative 1

    Your local supermarket may accept plastic shopping bag / s for recycling through the  REDcycle system. To find your local REDcycle locations please go here.

    Some wrappers are made from non recyclable materials so please check REDcycle website.

  • Plastic Bottle (shampoo, conditioner, fabric softener, washing liquid, vinegar, oil, soda stream, hand sanitiser, sauce)

    Special Information

    Must be empty.

  • Plastic Container (Seedling, yoghurt, ice-cream, margarine, cream)
  • Pool Chemicals
    Alternative 1

    The Dry Creek depot is now closed

    Free drop off locations NOW OPEN:

    North Plympton: 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

    Campbelltown: 6 Newton Road, Campbelltown. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm

    Edinburgh North: Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, Weekends 9am-3pm

    Heathfield: 32 Scott Creek Road, Healthfield. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm, Weekends 9am-4pm

    For queries on where to take paint, and household chemicals, or more details on the new opening times please call 8204 2051

    For your nearest free paint drop off location, visit PaintBack's website: www.paintback.com.au

    Accepted items:

    • Acids and alkalis
    • Brake fluid and coolants
    • Motor oil
    • Cleaning products
    • Fumigants
    • Liquid paints – oil and water-based up to 100 litres
    • Gas cylinders
    • Batteries
    • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
    • Photographic chemicals
    • Poisons
    • Pool chemicals
    • Solvents, varnishes and stains
    • Fluorescent light globes
    • Other household chemicals

    Regional chemical disposal options in South Australia

    For your nearest chemical drum (20 litre) disposal site in regional areas, visit the drumMUSTER website. ChemClear provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with collection and disposal for their unwanted chemicals, for more information visit the ChemClear website.
  • Post-it-Notes
  • Pots and Pans
    Special instructions/More information

    No Glass Lids

  • Printer / toner cartridges
    Alternative 1

    Recycle at Australia Post, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.

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  • Receipts
    Special instructions/More information

    As most receipts are made from thermal paper, they contain BPA (Bisphenol A) which is a chemical and is a considered a contaminant. This means that receipts need to be placed in the general waste to landfill bin.

    If however the receipt is printed or hand written on normal paper, then it can go in the yellow recycling bin. You can test this by scratching the paper with your fingernail, if a black line appears, then it is thermal paper. Thermal paper also appears to have a gloss/shine to it. If you are not sure, it is best to place the receipt in the general waste bin, to avoid contaminating the recycling bin.

     

  • Rope (all types of rope)
  • Rubber Items (Rubber bands, Bicycle tyre, pipes, hoses, tubing, mats, garden hose)
    Alternative 1

    The Tyre Collectors located at 26 Cormack Road WINGFIELD accept bicycle tyres at no charge and also have an arrangement for the collection of tyres from a number of Bicycle stores/organisations.

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  • Safety Pins
    Special instructions/More information

    Ensure that the pin clasp is closed. Collect in a metal food can/tin. Squeeze the top of the can together to seal the can and contain the pins (and other small ferrous metal items) inside.

  • Sharps /Needle Hypodermic
    Alternative 1

    The Needle Clean Up Hotline 1300 131 340 provides information on removing discarded needles and syringes from public places.

    Alternative 2

    Some pharmacies will take used syringes. Sharps disposal bins are installed in some council depot facilities.

  • Smoke alarm / detector domestic
    Special instructions/More information:

    Under EPA regulations smoke alarms are accepted in the general waste (blue/red lid) bin. In accordance with international best practice, disposal of small quantities of smoke alarms that contain radioactive material in domestic waste in South Australia was made legal in early 2009 under provisions of the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982, administered by the Radiation Protection Branch. An exemption under the Act permits up to 2 smoke alarms to be disposed into domestic waste during any period of 7 days. Read more here:http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/environmental_info/waste_management/smoke_detectors

     

  • Soda Stream canister (full)
    Alternative 1

    Giveaway to other Soda-stream users, online through Facebook shop, ‘buy, swap & sell’ groups, Gumtree or Freecycle.

    Alternative 2

    There will be new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off locations in SA.  Please go to Green Industries to find out more information.

    Items you may take to the new depots.

    Aeorosol Can (not empty) Alkalis - Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicide -Insecticide - Liquid Paint - Pesticide - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover

  • Soft Furnishing (Curtain, throw rug, cushion, blanket)
    Alternative 1

    If in good condition take to a charity shop.

    Alternative 2

    Cut up and use as dusters and rags.


  • Sporting goods - Ball - Bat - Bike
    Alternative 1

    If in good condition, donate it through Play it on, Freecycle,  or at a charity store.

    Special instructions/More information

    Play it onwww.playiton.com.au

    Freecycle: https://www.freecycle.org/browse/AU/South%20Australia

  • Spray Cans (empty)
  • Stickers
  • Syringes
    Alternative 1

    The Needle Clean Up Hotline 1300 131 340 provides information on removing discarded needles and syringes from public places.

    Alternative 2

    Some pharmacies will take used syringes. Sharps disposal bins are installed in some council depot facilities.

  • T
  • Takeaway container - Polystyrene/Styrofoam
     Alternative 1

    Try to avoid purchasing items that are made from Polystyrene where possible.  Items like foam cups, meat trays, takeaway containers, instant noodle cups.  

    Alternative 2

    If you purchase TV's Electrical Items and they are packaged in Polystyrene then ask the retail store if they have a take back program for packaging.

    Alternative 3

    Some large foam boxes could be used as storage containers and home made esky.  Try to reuse where possible.  




    Special instructions/More information


  • Tea Bags

    No plastic coated bags or plastic tags can go in the green bin. Standard tea bags even with the string and staples can be left on and placed in the green bin. Some modern teabags are made of nylon or plastic, if in doubt, these should go in the waste bin and not the green bin.

  • Television / TV
    Alternative 1

    There are several drop off points in South Australia.   

    Unplug N’ Drop - Locations throughout SA https://www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/unplug-n-drop/where/

    Electronic Recycling Australia - 149 Holbrooks Road, Underdale  SA  5032

    ECycleSA - 12-14 Baulderstone Road, Gepps Cross

    Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre - Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113

    Pooraka Resource Recovery Centre63-75 Research Road, Pooraka SA 5095


    Televisions, calculator, camera,  computers, computer mice, keyboards, white-goods, electric radiators, air conditioners, electric fans, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, irons, electric knives, electric shavers, copying equipment, telephones, radios, video cameras, DVD’s, VCR’s, CD’s, CD players and recorders, speakers, sewing machines, drills, saws, welding tools, electric mowers, electronic gardening equipment , electronic toys, leisure and sports equipment, hand held video game consoles, sports equipment with electric or electronic components.


  • Timber (Raw / Untreated)
    Alternative 1

    Drop off for composting at your local waste and recycling depot

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection

    Special instructions/More information

    Green Organics bin: Small amounts of non-treated timber Drop off at Jeffries Compost: www.jeffries.com.au
    Hard Waste: Off cuts up to 1.5m in length

  • Timber / Wood Painted or Treated (Pallets / Skirting boards / Trusses)
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot

    Alternative 2

    Hard Waste Collection


  • Tyres
    Alternative 1

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot

    Alternative 2

    Tyres can be recycled through Tyre Stewardship Australia. Some tyre service centres will recycle your tyres for free when you purchase new ones.

    Special instructions/More information

    Tyre Stewardship Australia: http://www.tyrestewardship.org.au/

    Tyre Service Centres: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/tyres/AdelaideSA

    The Tyre Collectors: https://www.thetyrecollectors.com.au/residential

     

  • V
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Vinyl
    Alternative 1

    Hard Waste Collection


  • W
  • Waxed paper
  • Whitegoods - Fridge / Freezer / Oven / Stove / Washing Machine / Microwave
    Alternative 1

    Hard Waste Collection

    Alternative 2

    Recycle it at your local scrap metal recycler

    Special instructions/More information

    Find local scrap metal recycling locations here: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/scrap-metals

  • Wicker/Cane/Bamboo items (furniture, baskets, chopping boards)
  • Wood (treated)
    Alternative 1

    Hard Waste Collection

    Alternative 2

    Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot


  • Wood (untreated)
    Alternative 1

    Use as fire wood

    Alternative 2

    Drop off for composting at your local waste and recycling depot

  • Wooden Items (Pencil, Pencil Shavings, Sawdust, Ice-block Sticks)
  • X
  • X-rays
    Alternative 1

    Recycle them through CMA Recycling, drop off or post (you will need to pay for postage) to:  1A portsmouth Crt, Gillman, SA, 5015. Bin located to the letter box marked x-rays

    Alternative 2

    Recycle them at most Red Cross Centres available through Siltech.

    Alternative 3

    Some council depots/transfer stations will also take x-rays. Check with your local council.

    Special instructions/More information:

    CMA EcoCycle Australia and Siltech process the X-ray films in a refinery to extract the silver.