Recycling and disposal guide

Household recycling and disposal guide

Overview

Our recycling or disposal information will aid you with reuse, recycling and safe disposal options for everyday products and household items.

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Item How to dispose of it
Acids

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Adhesive tape / sticky tape

Waste to landfill bin Put all paper, plastic, cloth and metal based adhesive tape in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Where possible please remove as much adhesive tape from any items going in the yellow/recycling bin.

Advertising / junk mail Recycling bin Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Aerosol can

Recycling bin Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Please make sure container is empty & remove the plastic lid.

Air conditioner Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Air conditioner - evaporative, portable

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Drain out water.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Air conditioner ducting

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

OR

Contact a waste disposal site.

Aluminium can

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

No need to remove the pull tab. Feel free to crush cans to make more room in your recycling bin.

Remember that most of these can also be returned to a bottle & can recycler to claim a 10c refund.

Aluminium foil

Recycling bin  Clean aluminium foil – scrunch into a fist sized ball and put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin Dirty foil / foil with food - put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Aluminium foil tray

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

No food scraps please - scrape clean.

Ammunition This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Safe disposal is essential to prevent any injury from unintended, or deliberate ignition in a non-emergency situation.

Contact your local police station for appropriate disposal options.

Animal fur / hair Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin
Animal waste

e.g. dog poo, bird, rabbit, guinea pig cage contents such as straw, paper, droppings, seed. See kitty litter entry for appropriate disposal.

Green organics bin  Loose, wrapped in newspaper or bagged in compostable bag - put in the green organics bin.

Waste to landfill bin Bagged in a plastic bag  - put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Artificial limb

Contact

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics South Australia
    1 Rockville Avenue
    Daw Park  SA  5041
    Ph: (08) 7117 2655
Asbestos

This material CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

For guidelines for the safe removal of asbestos and drop off locations refer to  the EPA.

Ash

Use for compost or mulch at home - it can help balance the pH level.

OR

Green organics bin Put it in the green organics bin.
Must be cold and not smouldering/hot.

Audio cassette

Audio and video cassettes can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program. Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub. 

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Aviary / birdcage

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

Awning / shadecloth

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
No longer than 1.5m in length & 30cm in width.

B

Item How to dispose of it
Baby food pouch (lids on)

Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Bag - green / enviro reusable shopping bag

If it's in good condition, re-use it.
Drop it off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of theREDcycle program

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Bag - paper

If it's in good condition, re-use it.

OR

Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Bag - plastic

If it's in good condition, re-use it.
Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Baking paper / greaseproof paper

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

These papers have a plastic, silicon or chemical coating which provides a heat-resistant, non-stick surface to bake on.  They cannot be recycled as the components cannot be separated.

Baking tray / cake pan Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Balloon

Waste to landfill bin Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Please consider alternatives to balloons.
Party balloons are usually made from latex tapped from rubber trees or metallised films such as Mylar (BoPET). Release of balloons into the atmosphere is considered harmful to the environment. 

Metallised nylon balloons do not biodegrade or shred as rubber balloons do. Metallised balloons can also conduct electricity on its surface and released foil balloons can become entangled in power lines and cause power outages. 

Latex or rubber balloons can take up to a year to degrade if it lands in the sea. During this time it is possible for a marine animal to swallow the balloon and die from slow starvation if its digestive system is blocked.

Band-aid / sticking plaster Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Bandage Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Barbecue / BBQ - brick / concrete These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  

Bricks and concrete are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Barbecue / BBQ - metal

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

For disposal of BBQ gas cylinders - see Gas bottles.

Bark Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Basket - cane / wicker Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Basket - plastic Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Batteries - household

These include batteries from electronic equipment, toys, laptops and power tools.
Lead-acid batteries excepted – see Battery - Lead acid for appropriate disposal of these batteries.

Residents can recycle batteries at these FREE local drop-off points:

ALDI stores – will accept AA, AAA, C, D and 9V household batteries only.

Battery World - will accept any batteries they sell when returned to their stores.

City of Onkaparinga - will accept up to 1kg of household batteries only at any of these locations:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre. 
Battery - button

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Residents can recycle batteries at these FREE local drop-off points:

Battery World - will accept any batteries they sell when returned to their stores.

City of Onkaparinga - will accept up to 1kg of household batteries only at any of these locations:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.
Battery - boat

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for your battery.

Battery - car

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Contact scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for your battery.

Battery - e-bike These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Residents can recycle batteries at these FREE local drop-off points:

Battery World - will accept any batteries they sell when returned to their stores.

City of Onkaparinga - will accept up to 1kg of household batteries only at any of these locations:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.
Battery - hearing aid

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Residents can recycle batteries at these FREE local drop-off points:

Battery World - will accept any batteries they sell when returned to their stores.

City of Onkaparinga - will accept up to 1kg of household batteries only at any of these locations:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.
Battery - lawn mower

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for your battery.

Battery - lead acid

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

All used sealed lead-acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste and must be recycled by a specialist battery recycler.

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for lead-acid batteries.

Battery - mobile phone

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Mobile phones, their batteries and accessories can be recycled for FREE.

  • drop them off at a MobileMuster collection point
  • post them in using a free recycling satchel from Australia Post
  • download a free reply paid label from the MobileMuster website
  • check if your local school/charity is collecting old phones as a fundraiser.

OR

Drop them off at:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.

Before you recycle, please delete all personal information from the phone and remove the SIM card.

Battery - motorbike

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Contact a scrap metal recycler most will pay a few dollars for your battery.

Battery - NBN

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Used Sealed Lead Acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste and must be recycled by a specialist battery recycler. The type of batteries used in the nbn™ equipment are 100% recyclable when taken to a suitable recycler.

Contact your local scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for lead-acid batteries.

NBN batteries can also be dropped off for recycling at any of these locations:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre. 
Battery - wheelchair

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for your battery.

BBQ - brick / concrete These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Bricks and concrete are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

BBQ - metal

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

For disposal of BBQ gas cylinders - see Gas bottles.

Bean bag Waste to landfill bin  Put both bag and foam filler in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Bean bag filler (foam balls) Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin
Please bag filler to en
Bed - bunk, platform, sofa, trundle

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Bed - ensemble Book a mattress collection.
Bed - futon / sofa

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Bed - waterbed

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection
Bladder to be cut open and emptied. Dismantle frame if over 1.5m.

Bedsheets

If in good condition, give to charity. The RSPCA may be able to use it for bedding. 

OR

Use for rags.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Bike

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

Biodegradable / oxo-degradable items

Biodegradable Non-compostable plastic is plastic that is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. It is NOT the same as compostable.

Drop-off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Biscuit tray Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Blanket 

If in good condition, give it to charity. The RSPCA accepts blankets for bedding.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in red/waste to landfill bin.

Blanket - electric

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Blender

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Blinds / window coverings

If in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book

If in good condition consider giving away or selling items.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Please make sure to remove any plastic covering.

Bottle - drink

10c deposit drink cans can be taken to recycling depot/centre.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Drain bottle – no need to rinse.
Please remove lids – put bottles and metal lids in the recycling bin.
Also see Plastic lids for information on their disposal.

Bottle - glass

10c deposit drink cans can be taken to recycling depot/centre.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Drain bottle – no need to rinse.
Please remove lids – put bottles and metal lids in the recycling bin.
Also see Plastic lids for information on their disposal.

Bottle - plastic

10c deposit drink cans can be taken to recycling depot/centre.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Drain bottle – no need to rinse.
Please remove lids.
Also see Plastic lids for information on their disposal.

Bottle top - metal Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Box - cardboard Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Branches

Green organics bin  Put them in the green organics bin.
Maximum 15cm diameter. 

For larger branches, request a Green Organics Pass for free drop-off at designated locations.

Bread maker

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Bread tag

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Broken glass / crockery Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
For safety, wrap broken glass in newspaper and place it in a bag before placing it in the bin.
Bubble wrap

Drop off at Coles or Woolworths stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Bucket - plastic Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Building materials

These CANNOT go into your household bins.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Bullets These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill. 

Safe disposal is essential to prevent any injury from unintended, or deliberate ignition in a non-emergency situation.

Contact your local police station for appropriate disposal options.

Butchers paper / deli paper

Try the 'paper rip test':

Recycling bin  If the paper tears cleanly, put it in the recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin  If the paper is quite tough to tear or you can identify a laminate backing, put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

C

Item How to dispose of it
Cabinet

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
All glass, mirrors and tiles must be removed.

Cable tie / zip tie

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Cake tin / tray Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Calculator E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Camera

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Can - drink / food

10c deposit drink cans can be taken to recycling depot/centre.

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Remove all food & drain – no need to rinse, just scrape clean.

Car parts These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  

Car parts are banned from landfill and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

OR

Contact a waste disposal site.

Car seat - child/baby

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

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
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’.

Car wax

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

Cardboard box Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

NO waxed boxes.
Flatten boxes to make extra room in your bin.

For larger volumes e.g. packing boxes - contact your local recycling centre (bottle and can recycler).

Cardboard tube Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Carpet Book a hard waste collection.
All pieces must be rolled and bound.
Ensure the carpet is covered in wet weather so it doesn't become wet and unmanageable.
Carton - milk / juice

10c deposit drink cans can be taken to recycling depot/centre.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Drain carton– no need to rinse.

CD / DVD cover (not including disc)

Please take out the disc, paper cover and remove the soft plastic sleeve.

Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin. 

CD / DVD disc

CDs and DVDs can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program. Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub.

OR

Recycling bin   Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Cellophane

Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Cereal box

Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

NO plastic liner. Flatten the box to maximise space in your bin.

Chain Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Chair

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Charcoal / ash Use for compost or mulch at home - it can help balance the pH level.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Must be cold and not smouldering/hot.

Chemicals

e.g. Bleach - Brake fluid - Coolant - Disinfectants - Engine Oil - Fertiliser - Fuel/Petrol - Herbicides - Insecticides - Liquid Paint - Pesticides - Poison - Pool Chemicals - Solvents (paint thinners) - Stain Remover.

 These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

Chewing gum

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

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.

Chip packet

Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Chocolate wrapper

Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Christmas decorations / ornaments / tinsel

If they are in good condition, reuse or give to charity.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

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 - live

Use for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Chop it into smaller pieces before placing it in the bin.

Christmas tree - plastic

If it is in good condition, reuse or give to charity.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 
Chop it into smaller pieces before placing it in the bin.

Cigarette butts / ash Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Cigarette packet Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Remove plastic wrapper, foil lining and any cigarettes.
Cleaners 

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

Cleaning sponge / cloth Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Clingfilm / gladwrap Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Clothes dryer

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler. 

Clothing

If in good condition, give to charity.

OR

Use for rags.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put them in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Coat hangar - metal

Take it to a scrap metal recycler.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Coffee bag / sachet Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Coffee cup - takeaway

Most cups are currently made of paper but are lined on the inside with polyethylene or a waxed substance. Unfortunately the lining makes the cups unrecyclable through current systems.

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Coffee cup - ceramic

If in good condition consider giving away or selling items.

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Ceramics and china are not the same as glass bottles and jars. They can contaminate the load if placed in the recycling bin – even in small amounts.

Coffee cup lid - takeaway Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Coffee grounds

Use them for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put them in the green organics bin.

Coffee machine E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

  • drop-off at an Unplug N’Drop hub for free e-waste recycling
  • contact a scrap metal recycler. 
Coffee pod

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Options for recycling Nespresso coffee pods:

Coffee table

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
All glass must be removed.

Computer and computer equipment

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

Otherwise you can drop these off for FREE recycling at:

Concrete This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  

Concrete is classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Cooking oil

This liquid CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Small amounts of waste cooking oil can be absorbed into newspaper then placed in the waste bin.

For larger volumes of cooking oil contact:

Cooking oil cannot be mixed with waste motor oil as they are made from completely different resources.

Cooking oil container Recycling bin   Drain completely and put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Coolant

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

Corks

Corks can be donated to the Waste Nott Recycling Store for kids craft activities. They can also be dropped off at the Willunga Environment Centre.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put them in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Corrugated iron Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Cosmetics container Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
CPAP machine

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Crockery / china

If in good condition consider giving away or selling items.

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Ceramics and china are not the same as glass bottles and jars. They can contaminate the load if placed in the recycling bin – even in small amounts.

Cubby house

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Curling iron

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Curtains

If in good condition, give to charity or the RSPCA.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put them in the red/waste to landfill bin.

For extra-large curtains either cut down for the waste bin or include in a hard waste collection.
Material must be rolled and bound.

Cutlery - metal

Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

Cutlery - plastic

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids, bread tags and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

D

Item How to dispose of it
Defibrillator

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Deli paper / butchers paper

Try the 'paper rip test':

Recycling bin  If the paper tears cleanly, put it in the recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin  If the paper is quite tough to tear or you can identify a laminate backing, put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Dental floss container Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Deodorant - aerosol

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Please make sure container is empty & remove the plastic lid.

Deodorant - roll on Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Desk

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.

Detergent bottle Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Dishwasher

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Disposable nappy Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Disposable razor Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Dog kennel

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Dog poo

Green organics bin  Loose, wrapped in newspaper or bagged in compostable bag - put it in the green organics bin.

Waste to landfill bin Bagged in a plastic bag  - put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Door

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Drain cleaner

This items CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Dresser

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it. 

OR

Drink bottle Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Drinking glass

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Glass such as drinking glasses, window, mirror or heat-proof cooking glass cannot be recycled because they heat at a different level to regular glass bottles and jars. This difference causes a weakness in the recycled glass and even a small amount can contaminate a whole smelt of recycled glass.

Drum - agricultural / viticultural 

drumMUSTER eligible drums can be dropped off at:

  • Hackham Recyclers during opening hours
    16 Cottage Lane, Hackham SA 5163
    Ph (08) 8384 8667

Remember to rinse all drums. Pierce metal drums to allow for better air-flow after rinsing. All drums need to have lids off before delivering. 
For further information on the drumMUSTER program, call 1800 008 707 or visit www.drummuster.com.au

Drum kit

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it. 

OR

Dryer

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

DVD player

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

E

Item How to dispose of it
Egg carton Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Electric blanket

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Envelope - paper (including window faced) Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Envelope - padded / plastic Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Esky

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
No food waste.

Gym equipment Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Exercise / gym equipment (non-metal)

e.g. balls, rollers, rubber mats, rollers, steps.

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

OR

Book a hard waste collection.

F

Item How to dispose of it
Face mask Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Fan - electric

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Feathers and down (from quilts)

Green organics bin  Remove feathers and down to put in the green organics bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put them in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Fencing - bamboo Book a hard waste collection.
Fencing must be bound up - maximum 1.5m in length and 30cm diameter rolls.
Fencing - brush Book a hard waste collection.
Fencing must be bound up - maximum 1.5m in length and 30cm diameter rolls.
Fencing - lattice / trellis Book a hard waste collection.
Fencing must be bound and no longer than 1.5 metres in length. Plastic and untreated timber only.
Fencing - metal Contact a scrap metal recycler
Fencing - timber

This is treated timber so cannot go in your household bins or be collected in a hard waste collection.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Fertiliser

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Fibreglass  Contact a waste disposal site.
Fibroboard / ibrocement - asbestos fibre

This material CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

For guidelines for the safe removal of asbestos and drop off locations refer to  the EPA.

Fibroboard / Fibrocement - cellulose fibre Contact a waste disposal site.
Filing cabinet

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Fire extinguisher

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

FREE disposal option:
All Pressure Testing accepts a wide range of pressure cylinders from BBQ cylinders & helium tanks to dive tanks.
Located at 17 Meyer Road, Lonsdale. Phone (08) 8326 7755.

OR

Hazardous waste drop-off - from late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Firearm / gun / rifle

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.
Safe disposal is essential to prevent any injury from unintended, or deliberate ignition/firing in a non-emergency situation.

Contact your local police station for appropriate disposal options.

Place the firearm in a gun bag or wrap it in a blanket prior to taking it to a police station. Ammunition can be taken to a police station at the same time as the firearm but it should be in a separate bag, box or container.

Fish tank

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Contact a waste disposal site.

Flare

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill. 
Safe disposal is essential to prevent any injury from unintended, or deliberate ignition/firing in a non-emergency situation.

Expired flares need to be handed in to your local police station for safe disposal.

Place flares in a heavy plastic bag or spark proof container. Further details are available from the SafeWork SA website.

Flooring - carpet

Contact a waste disposal site.

OR

Book a hard waste collection
All pieces must be rolled and bound.
Ensure the carpet is covered in wet weather so it doesn't become wet and unmanageable.

Flooring - floating floorboards

Contact a waste disposal site.

OR

Book a hard waste collection
Boards must be bound and no longer than 1.5m in length.

Flooring - lino / vinyl Contact a waste disposal site.
Flooring - underfelt

Contact a waste disposal site.

OR

Book a hard waste collection
All pieces must be rolled and bound.
Ensure the underfelt is covered in wet weather so it doesn't become wet and unmanageable.

Flower pot - ceramic, concrete, terracotta These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  

These materials are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Flower pot - plastic Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Flowers

Use them for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put them in the green organics bin.

Fluoro light / CFL

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

 Household lights (fluoro/CFL, incandescent, LED, halogen) can be dropped off for FREE at one of the locations below or at a hazardous waste collection site (below).

  • any Mitre 10 store across South Australia
  • Delights lighting stores
  • IKEA (IKEA lights only)
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • P&T Recycling, Seaford
  • Woodcroft Community Centre
  • Willunga Environment Centre

No commercial quantities are accepted.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals/hazardous waste to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Important note: Broken fluoro tubes will not be accepted. Special caution needs to be taken when disposing and cleaning up broken tubes and globes.

Foam / polystyrene Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Food can

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove all food & drain – no need to rinse, just scrape clean.

Food processor

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Food scraps

Use for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Fruit and vegetable scraps - put in the green organics bin.

Waste to landfill bin Meat, bones and other food waste - put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Food tray - foam Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Food tray - rigid plastic Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Freezer

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler. 

Fridge

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Fruit punnet Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Fuel

These liquids CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Furniture

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Futon

 it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

G

Item How to dispose of it
Gaming console

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Garden hose Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Garden hose reel Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Gas bottle - empty

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

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

For disposal:

  • contact All Pressure Testing at 17 Meyer Road, Lonsdale. Phone (08) 8326 7755.
  • contact a scrap metal recycler– please note that fees / cylinder preparation may apply.
Gas bottle - not empty

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

FREE disposal options:

  • contact All Pressure Testing at 17 Meyer Road, Lonsdale. Phone (08) 8326 7755.
  • from mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.
Gas heater Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Gate - metal Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Gate - timber

This is treated timber so cannot go in your household bins or be collected in a hard waste collection.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Glass bottle Recycling bin  Empty bottle and put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Glass - cup / drinking

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
For safety, wrap broken glass in newspaper and place it in a bag before placing it in the bin.

Glass jar Recycling bin  Empty the jar and put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Glass - plate

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
For safety, wrap broken glass in newspaper and place it in a bag before placing it in the bin.

Glass - Pyrex

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
For safety, wrap broken glass in newspaper and place it in a bag before placing it in the bin.

Not all glass is created equal and therefore it’s not all recyclable.
This includes Pyrex, cook wear, glass lids, crockery, mirrors and window glass. Toughened and heat proof glass has a very high melting point and therefore cannot be recycled like glass bottles and jars can as they melt at a much lower temperature. Glass needs to be melted in order to be recycled.

Glass - sheet / toughened

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

For large sheets of glass e.g. windows or mirrors - contact a waste disposal site.

For smaller pieces of glass - Waste to landfill binput it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
For safety, wrap broken glass in newspaper and place it in a bag before placing it in the bin.

Glasses - safety Recycling bin  Put them in the yellow/recycling bin.
Glasses - sight / reading

Contact your local optical store.

Many optical stores will collect vision / reading glasses and sunglasses to donate to the Lions Recycle for Sight Australia program.
It's important to ensure the donated frames are in good working order, without scratched lenses or damage.

Glucose sensor

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options.

Glue

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

Greeting card Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Guttering Contact a scrap metal recycler.

H

Item How to dispose of it
Haircare container - tube Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Haircare container - bottle / tub Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Hairdryer / Hair straightener

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Hat

If in good condition, give to charity.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Hearing aid

Contact your local optical store.

Many optical stores will collect vision / reading glasses and sunglasses to donate to the Lions Recycle for Sight Australia program.
It's important to ensure the donated frames are in good working order, without scratched lenses or damage.

Herbicides

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill. <

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Highlighter (marker)

Pen, mechanical pencil & marker recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
Use this box to recycle pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Hot water service Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Humidifier

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

I

Item How to dispose of it
Ice cream container Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Ice cream maker

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Inhaler / puffer

Recycling bin Plastic holder (actuator) – Put in the yellow/recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin Empty canister – remove from the plastic actuator and put it in the red/waste to landfill bin or check if your local scrap metal recycler will accept these.

If you aren’t sure if the inhaler or canister is empty or if there is still some medication left, return it to your pharmacy for disposal.

Insect spray - household

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Empty cans - Put in the yellow/recycling bin

Insecticide / pesticide

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Insulation Contact a waste disposal site.
Insulin pen / epipen

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options.

Iron

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

J

Item How to dispose of it
Jar

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove all food and drain – no need to rinse, just scrape clean.

Jar lid

Remove metal and plastic lids from jars.

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Juice carton Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Juicer - electric

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

K

Item How to dispose of it
Kettle E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Kitchen bench top

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Kitchen cupboard

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Kitchen sink

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Kitty litter - bentonite (clumping)

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
NO plastic bags.

Bentonite is a valuable additive to compost.

Kitty litter - clay  
Kitty litter - gel Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Kitty litter - newspaper or rice husk

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

NO plastic bags.

L

Item How to dispose of it
Ladder

If it's in good condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Lattice fencing / trellis Contact a waste disposal site.
Laundry powder box Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Laundry sink / trough

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Lawn clippings Green organics bin  Put them in the green organics bin.
Lawn mower

Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Remove all fuel and oil.

Lawn mower battery

This CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

All used sealed lead-acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste and must be recycled by a specialist battery recycler.

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for lead-acid batteries.

Lead acid battery

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

All used sealed lead-acid batteries are classified as hazardous waste and must be recycled by a specialist battery recycler.

Contact a scrap metal recycler – most will pay a few dollars for lead-acid batteries.

Leaves Green organics bin   Put them in the green organics bin.
Light globes and tubes

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household lights (fluoro/CFL, incandescent, LED, halogen) can be dropped off for FREE at one of the locations below or at a hazardous waste collection site (below).

  • any Mitre 10 store across South Australia
  • Delights lighting stores
  • IKEA (IKEA lights only)
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • P&T Recycling, Seaford
  • Woodcroft Community Centre
  • Willunga Environment Centre

No commercial quantities are accepted. 

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals/hazardous waste to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Important note: Broken fluoro tubes WILL NOT be accepted. Special caution needs to be taken when disposing and cleaning up broken tubes and globes.

Light fitting

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Lolly packet

Drop off at Coles or Woolworths stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Lounge / sofa

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Lunch box Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

M

Item How to dispose of it
Magazine

Recycling bin Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove plastic covers.

Makeup container Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin
Margarine container Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin. 
Marker

Pen, mechanical pencil & marker recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
Use this box to recycle pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Material / textiles

If in good condition, give to charity.

OR

Use for rags.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Mattress - innerspring

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Book a mattress collection.

Mattress - foam/latex 
(no innerspring)

Book a hard waste collection.

These mattresses cannot be recycled.

Medicine / pharmaceuticals

DO NOT place these items in your household bins or down the drain.

Take to any pharmacy for FREE, appropriate disposal as part of the RUM project (Return Unwanted Medicines). 

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.

Medicine bottle / vitamin bottle

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin. 

Remove lids from bottles. 

Mercury

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Metal wire / scrap metal

Take it to a scrap metal recycler.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Methylated spirits

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Microwave E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Milk bottle Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Milk carton Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Mirror

Waste to landfill bin Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Glass such as drinking glasses, window, mirror or heat-proof cooking glass cannot be recycled because they heat at a different level to regular glass bottles and jars. This difference causes a weakness in the recycled glass and even a small amount can contaminate a whole smelt of recycled glass.

Mobile phone

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.  

 Mobile phones, their batteries and accessories can be recycled for FREE.

  • drop them off at a MobileMuster collection point
  • post them in using a free recycling satchel from Australia Post
  • download a free reply paid label from the MobileMuster website
  • check if your local school/charity is collecting old phones as a fundraiser.
OR

Drop them off at:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.

Before you recycle, please delete all personal information from the phone and remove the SIM card.

Motor oil

This CANNOT go in your household bins.

FREE drop off at:

Bring your oil in a clean, plastic container with a lid - the original container is perfect. Avoid using paint cans or other metal containers. 

Mulcher

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

N

Item How to dispose of it
Nail polish Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Nail polish remover

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Nebuliser

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Newspaper

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove plastic covers.

O

Item How to dispose of it
Office paper Recycling bin   Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Oil heater (column)

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Organ E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Ornament

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Glass ornaments, ceramics and china are not the same as glass bottles and jars. They can contaminate the load if placed in the recycling bin – even in small amounts.
Outdoor furniture

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Oven

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Oven cleaner

These can NOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077.

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Item How to dispose of it
Paint / paint tin

This can NOT go in your household bins or to landfill. 

Liquid paint, paint hardened in tins and empty paint tins can be dropped off at Hackham Recyclers as part of the national PaintBack program. This program accepts paint from households and businesses.

  • Hackham Recyclers
    15 Cottage Lane, Hackham
    Phone: 8384 8667

    Please note that there are restrictions on what will/will not be accepted. For further information visit Paintback.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Dry paint and empty paint cans can go in your red/waste to landfill bin.

Paint - aerosol

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Paint can - aerosol Recycling bin Empty aerosol cans - put in the yellow/recycling bin.
Paint stripper

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Paintbrush Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.
Pallett

Return to supplier.

OR

Contact a waste disposal site.

Paper plate

Green organics bin Put it in the green organics bin.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Paper towel

Use it for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

Pen

Pen, mechanical pencil & marker recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
Use this box to recycle pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Pencil - mechanical

Pen, mechanical pencil & marker recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
Use this box to recycle pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Pencil - coloured / wooden Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.
Perfume bottle Waste to landfill bin  Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Pergola - metal Contact a scrap metal recycler
Pergola - timber Contact a waste disposal site.
Permapine logs / posts

Due to chemical treatment this wood must be disposed of at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Pet hair / fur Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Pharmaceuticals / medicine

DO NOT place these items in your household bins or down the drain.

Take to any pharmacy for FREE, appropriate disposal as part of the RUM project (Return Unwanted Medicines). 

Photograph

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.

Photographic paper is typically made from combinations of paper, plastic and chemicals.

Older photographs especially have high levels of silver, mercury, and selenium that render them unsuitable for recycling. Newer photographs, which are printed using a photo printer, are coated with a very thin layer of polyethylene to control water absorption and speed drying.

Piano

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Piano - portable / electric

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Pillow Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.
Pipe - PVC or irrigation

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection. 
Pieces no longer than 1.5m in length. Irrigation pipe can be rolled and bundled.

Pizza box Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

NO food scraps – just scrape clean. Don’t worry about oil from the cheese soaking into the cardboard.

OR

Green organics bin If the box contains food residue put it in the green organics bin.

Plant pot - plastic

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

No need to wash it out, just scrape it clean of soil and plant material.

Plant pot - other Waste to landfill bin Put it in the waste to landfill bin.
Plastic bag Drop off at Coles or Woolworths stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Plastic food container Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Plastic lid

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Plastic strapping Waste to landfill bin   Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Plastic toy

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Remove any batteries for appropriate disposal.

Platter - glass Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Platter - metal

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Take it to a scrap metal recycler.

Platter - plastic

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Play equipment

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Poisons

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Polish

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Polycarbonate sheeting

e.g. plastic roof sheets, clear roof sheets - NOT FIBREGLASS

Book a hard waste collection
Pieces no longer than 1.5m in length. 

Polystyrene packaging Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Pool cleaner

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Pots / pans

Take it to a scrap metal recycler.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Printer

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins.

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

Otherwise you can drop these off for FREE recycling at:

Printer cartridge

Cartridges can be dropped off at

  • Officeworks
  • Seaford Library 

OR

Contact these stores for local participating outlets:

  • Harvey Norman
  • Australia Post
  • Dick Smith
  • JB HiFi
  • The Good Guys.
Prosthetics

 Contact

  • Orthotics and Prosthetics South Australia
    1 Rockville Avenue
    Daw Park  SA  5041
    Ph: (08) 7117 2655
Pyrex

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Glass such as drinking glasses, window, mirror or heat-proof cooking glass cannot be recycled because they heat at a different level to regular glass bottles and jars. This difference causes a weakness in the recycled glass and even a small amount can contaminate a whole smelt of recycled glass.

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Item How to dispose of it
Quilt

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
Quilt must be rolled and bound.

Quilt - feather and down

Green organics bin  Remove feathers and down to put in the green organics bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

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Item How to dispose of it
Rabbit hutch If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

 OR

Railway sleeper

Due to chemical treatment this wood must be disposed of at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Rainwater tank - concrete / plastic Contact a waste disposal site.
Rainwater tank - metal Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Rat poison

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Rice cooker E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Roller door / roller shutter Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Rug / mat

If in good condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it. The RSPCA may be able to use it for bedding.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.  
Large items must be rolled and bound.

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Item How to dispose of it
Sanitary items - tampons, pads Waste to landfill bin Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Scanner

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

Otherwise you can drop these off for FREE recycling at:

Scooter - motorised

Vehicle parts cannot go straight into landfill and are recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Scooter - self propelled Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Serviette

Use it for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin Put it in the green organics bin.
Shadecloth / awning

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
No longer than 1.5m, rolled and bound.

Sharps

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Sharps include finger prickers or blood glucose lancets, syringes, pen needles and needles used to insert insulin pump tubing.

Used sharps must be disposed of in a strong puncture proof container, or a strong plastic container or bottle, which has a secure lid.

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options.

Sheet metal Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Sheets

If in good condition, give to charity. The RSPCA may be able to use it for bedding.

OR

Use for rags.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Shoes

If in good condition, give to charity.  

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Shower screen - plain or reinforced Contact a waste disposal site.
Shredded paper

Use it for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

Skincare container - tube Waste to landfill bin Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Skirting board - plasterboard Contact a waste disposal site.
Skirting board - timber Book a hard waste collection.
Pieces no longer than 1.5m in length. No protruding nails.
Slate

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  
Slate is classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Slide / slippery dip

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Slow cooker

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Smoke alarm

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin*

Remove battery first, for appropriate disposal.
Please take ALL household batteries to a local recycling drop-off point.

*Approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (SA).

Sofa / lounge

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Soft drink bottle

Many beverage containers can be taken to bottle & can recyclers to claim a 10c refund. Check the label for an approved refund statement.
Please remove lids.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Soft plastics - wraps and bags Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

NO clingwrap / Gladwrap please.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Solar panel

Electronic Recycling Australia will take solar panels for recycling FREE of charge.

Alternatively, please contact a waste disposal site.

Spacer Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Speakers

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Straw - organic

e.g. as used as bedding for pet rabbit or guinea pig.

Use it for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

Straw - paper Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Straw - plastic

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Sticky note / post-it note Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Steel Contact a scrap metal recycler
Steel can

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Remove all food & drain – no need to rinse, just scrape clean.

Stock container Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Stove

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Styrofoam Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Suitcase

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
Cases must be empty.

Sweepings

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

Remove any plastics, glass or metal.

OR

Waste to landfill bin if contaminated, put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Swimming pool - inflatable

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
Liner must be cut up or rolled up and bound so it can be managed by two people.

Syringes

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

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

Visit Sharps & syringes – disposal and pickup for local disposal options.

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Item How to dispose of it
Table

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Table tennis table

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
No larger than 1.5m in length and 1.5m in width. Dismantle if possible (ie: remove hinges and metal legs).

Tea bag - regular

Use it for compost or mulch at home.

OR

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

Tea bag - infuser / silky / sachet

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

These are usually made from polymer plastic (PET) and the tag is paper with a plastic backing (PP and PE). As plastic is not compostable, these bags must go in the waste bin.

Telephone - landline E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Telephone - mobile

These CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.  

 Mobile phones, their batteries and accessories can be recycled for FREE.

  • drop them off at a MobileMuster collection point
  • post them in using a free recycling satchel from Australia Post
  • download a free reply paid label from the MobileMuster website
  • check if your local school/charity is collecting old phones as a fundraiser.
OR

Drop them off at:

  • any of our Customer Relations offices or libraries
  • Aberfoyle Community Centre
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Reynella Neighbourhood Centre
  • Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre.

Before you recycle, please delete all personal information from the phone and remove the SIM card.

Telephone book Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Television

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins.

 If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

Otherwise you can drop these off for FREE recycling at:

Tent

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.
Folded and bound please.

Texta

Pen, mechanical pencil & marker recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
Use this box to recycle pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Thinners

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill
Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From mid July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Tiles

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  
Ceramic and roofing tiles are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Timber - floating floorboards

Contact a waste disposal site

OR

Book a hard waste collection
Boards must be bound and no longer than 1.5m in length.

Timber - treated Contact a waste disposal site.
Timber - untreated

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.  
No longer than 1.5m in length and bundle up. No nails protruding. 

Tissue

Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Tissue box

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Includes boxes with plastic windows at the opening, although removing the window helps reduce contamination.

Toaster E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Either:

Toilet bowl This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Ceramic and porcelain are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Toilet paper roll Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Toilet cistern - ceramic This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.  

Ceramic and porcelain are classified as building material and recovered for recycling at specific locations.

Contact a waste disposal site.

Toilet cistern - plastic

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.  
Cistern must be empty.

Toner cartridge / bottle

These can be dropped off at

  • Officeworks
  • Seaford Library 

OR

Contact these stores for local participating outlets:

  • Harvey Norman
  • Australia Post
  • Dick Smith
  • JB HiFi
  • The Good Guys.
Toothbrush - bamboo Green organics bin  Remove nylon bristles and put it in the green organics bin.
Toothbrush - electric

E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Either:

Toothbrush - plastic

Oral care product recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, toothpaste and toothbrush packaging. Please make sure all excess product has been removed.
NO electric toothbrushes or parts.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Toothpaste tube

Oral care product recycling boxes are available at the Woodcroft Customer Service Centre and Willunga Environment Centre.
e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, toothpaste and toothbrush packaging.Please make sure all excess product has been removed.
NO electric toothbrushes or parts.

OR

Waste to landfill binPut in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Towel

If in reasonable condition, give to the RSPCA. 

OR

Use for rags.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Toy - metal

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Remove any batteries for appropriate disposal.

Toy - plastic

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Remove any batteries for appropriate disposal.

Toy - soft / plush

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Trampoline frame Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Trampoline mat

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.  
Mat must be rolled up and bound - no longer than 1.5m in length.

Treadmill Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Tumble dryer

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Turbuhaler

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill.

As an empty Turbuhaler still has some medicine remaining inside, return it to your local chemist / pharmacy for disposal.

Turpentine

This CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Household chemicals can be dangerous if they are not stored or disposed of safely and also please be aware that Hazardous Wastes can not be disposed of in the general waste bin as they are harmful to human health and the environment.

From late July 2019 you can take your unwanted paint and household chemicals to the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Ph: (08) 8295 5077. 

Tyre - bicycle

Bicycle tyres should not go in your household bins. Contact a waste disposal site or vehicle tyre recycler. (fees may apply)

Some tyre service centres will accept bicycle tyres:

Waste to landfill bin Tyre inner tubes – Put these in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Tyre - car / vehicle

These CANNOT go in your household bins or to landfill

Contact a waste disposal site (fees apply). When disposed of via these sites, tyres and their component materials can be used to make a wide range of new products including:

  • rubber products such as soft fall surfaces, artificial turf and conveyer belts
  • road construction and surfacing
  • or as an alternative fuel source for producers of energy and cement

If end-of-life tyres are not managed properly they create a number of issues, including:

  • the cost of monitoring and removal
  • taking up valuable landfill space
  • if ignited, they release toxic chemicals
  • providing breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other vermin.

Visit Tyre Stewardship Australia for more information.

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Item How to dispose of it

 
   

V

Item How to dispose of it
Vacuum cleaner E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Either:

Vase

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away or selling it.

OR

Waste to landfill bin  Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Ornaments, ceramics and china are not the same as glass bottles and jars. They can contaminate the load if placed in the recycling bin – even in small amounts. 
VCR / video player E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Either:

Video cassette / tape

Audio and video cassettes can be recycled via the Unplug ‘N’ Drop program. Simply bag them up and drop them off at an Unplug ‘N’ Drop collection hub. 

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Video case

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin. NO tapes.

Separate paper cover and remove the soft plastic sleeve.

W

Item How to dispose of it
Wardrobe

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Book a hard waste collection.  
Where possible, leave assembled - pieces no longer than 1.5m length. All glass and mirrors must be removed.

Washing basket - plastic Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Washing basket - wicker / textile Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Washing machine

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler.

Water cask and bladder

Remove the inner lining/bladder.

Recycling bin Put the box the yellow/recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin Put the bladder in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Water cooler - evaporative, portable E-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill.

Drain out water.

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Water softener (metal housing) Contact a scrap metal recycler.
Water softener (plastic housing)

Empty contents and either:

Contact a waste disposal site.

OR

Book a hard waste collection (no fibreglass units)

Waxed box Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Waxed paper

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Waxed paper either has a wax or plastic laminate coating on it, which contaminates the paper recycling process.

Whitegoods

e.g. dishwasher, dryer, fridge, freezer, washing machine

Whitegoods and e-waste items CANNOT go into your household bins or to landfill. 

If it's in working condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Contact a scrap metal recycler

Window frame

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Window glass Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Wine barrel

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Wine box and bladder

Remove the inner lining/bladder.

Recycling bin  Put the box the yellow/recycling bin.

Waste to landfill bin Put the bladder in the red/waste to landfill bin.

Wine glass Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.
Wood pieces - balsa, chipboard, plywood

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

OR

Wood panelling - indoor

If it's in reasonable condition consider giving it away, swapping or selling it.

OR

Wooden stirrer / paddle pop stick Green organics bin  Put it in the green organics bin.
Wrapping paper Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.
Wrapping paper - foil / metallic Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.

X

Item How to dispose of it
X-ray

These can be taken to:

Any Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging offices, including:

  • 233 Main South Road, Morphett Vale
  • 27 Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga Centre
  • 67 Seaford Road, Seaford Meadows

OR

Any Red Cross Second Hand Store, Blood donor Centre or Red Cross Head Office at 212 Pirie St Adelaide.

The closest Red Cross locations are at:

  • 12-18 David Witton Drive, Noarlunga Centre
  • 354 Shepherd Hill Road, Blackwood
  • 1267 -1269 South Rd, St Mary

X-ray films are processed in a refinery to extract the silver. The x-ray films are heated using temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius. The silver is extracted and converted into a more pure silver form. The silver can then be reused for things such as silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.

Y

Item How to dispose of it
Yakult bottle

These can be taken to bottle & can recyclers with other beverage containers to claim a 10c refund. Check the label for an approved refund statement.

OR

Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Yoghurt squeezie Empty and lid on - drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

NO clingwrap / Gladwrap please.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Yoghurt tub Recycling bin  Put it in the yellow/recycling bin.

Z

Item How to dispose of it
Zip tie / cable tie

Place in a clean, empty milk bottle with plastic lids and other small rigid plastics. When full, this can be placed in the yellow/recycling bin.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin. 

Ziplock bag Drop off at Coles or Woolworth stores with other clean plastic bags and soft plastics as part of the REDcycle program.

NO clingwrap / Gladwrap please.

OR

Waste to landfill bin Put it in the red/waste to landfill bin.