Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection
Recycling and Green Organics Kerbside Collection
Kerbside recycling has been extremely successful in Mitcham. Council encourages more residents to participate in the worthwhile environmental initiative. Recycling is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Recycling is collected fortnightly on the same day as your rubbish.
In your 240 litre bin with a yellow lid you can place:
- Steel and aluminium cans including empty aerosol cans.
- Glossy paper (magazines and junk mail).
- Glass, bottles and jars (no lids).
- Cartons (such as milk, juice, custard, long-life products) etc.
- Plastic containers (no lids).
- All rigid plastic containers are now recyclable (ie containers that hold their shape).
To recycle correctly:
- Remove all lids from jars, bottles and plastic containers (steel lids can be put inside of steel cans).
- Rinse containers as necessary (save water by using leftover dishwater).
- Flatten boxes.
- Place all recyclables loose - do not bundle newspaper or cardboard.
- Squash or brick milk and juice cartons if you are able.
Soft plastics like shopping bags and bread bags can be returned to major supermarkets for recycling. However, it is even better if plastic bags can be avoided altogether - Council encourages shoppers to take their own multiple use bags shopping with them.
Please keep all bins clear of parked cars, trees and stobie poles to ensure collection.
Make sure you don't over fill the bin, the lid needs to be closed to allow each bin to be safely collected.
The recycling bin is the property of the City of Mitcham. If you vacate your premises, please leave your recycling bin for the next occupier.
Green Organics Kerbside Collection
Your green bin is used for the collection of green organics. This bin will be collected on the alternate week to your recycling bin.
Anything that once grew can be put in your green organics bin for composting. So remember, if it grows, then it goes in your green organics bin! This includes garden organics and food scraps including:
- Vegetable and fruit scraps, cake, takewaway foods and bread
- Fallen leaves and fruit
- Tea leaves and tea bags
- Coffee grounds
- Dead flowers
- Soft stems of plants
- Egg shells
- Old newspapers
- Lawn clippings, prunings, small branches, twigs and weeds
- Sawdust, and small amounts of wood ash or lime
- Compostable corn starch bags
- Meat scraps, bones (cooked and raw), eggshells, oyster shells and seafood
- Pizza boxes, shredded paper, tissues and paper towels
- Cheese and yoghurt
Do not include:
- Plastic plant pots
- Plastic seedling trays
- Plastic bags – not even to keep your clippings bundled together or tidy
- Household chemicals
- Polystyrene or foam packaging
- Garden hose
- Garden tools
- Dead pets/animals
Make sure you don't over fill the bin, the lid needs to be closed to allow the bin to be safely collected.
Residents of the City of Mitcham are required to purchase their own Green Organics Waste Garbage Bins. The following companies supply bins for sale.
Waste and Recycling Supplies
Phone: 8447 2500
13 13 35
Your efforts help reduce pollution, save energy and preserve natural resources. Help the environment by recycling not only your recycle bottles, glass jars and newspapers but also recycle plastic bags, greeting cards, copier/fax cartridges and bottles and even mobile phones. For more information about what and how to recycle visit one of the following websites for more information:
Recyclable materials and vegetation can be taken to the following locations:
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
Phone: 8295 5077
Lonsdale Waste and Recycling Depot
10 Donegal Road, Lonsdale
Phone: 8326 5033
All Bulk Waste
Southern Regional Waste Transfer & Recycling Centre
12 Christie Road, Lonsdale
Phone 8186 0177
A total of 12,213 tonnes of domestic waste from 26,500 households was disposed of in the City of Mitcham. The three bin waste and recycling service has reduced the amount of rubbish being taken to land fill by 60%. Trucks using robotic arm and rear loaders collected approximately 5,050 bins daily. All domestic waste is transported to Pedler Creek dump for disposal.
Residents of the City of Mitcham are supplied at no cost with a 140 litre bin which has a blue lid for household waste. On collection day please remember to:
- Place your bin close to the kerb, within 1 metre.
- Ensure your bin is not obstructed by trees, poles etc.
- Check that the wheels of your bin are facing towards your house.
- Ensure your bin is not packed too tightly as garbage may become stuck.
- Limit the load in your bin or it may damage the truck or your bin when being lifted. Bricks, rocks, etc should not be put in your bin.
- Do not overfill your bin so that the lid cannot be fully closed, otherwise rubbish may spill onto the street. A partly open lid can also be damaged during the emptying process.
The waste bin is the property of the City of Mitcham. If you vacate your premises, please leave your waste bin for the next occupier.
Any of the above could result in us being unable to collect your waste. Please call Council's Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888 if you have any problems.
What Not To Place In Any Bin
There are certain items that should not be placed in any residential bin, such as liquid, hot ashes, timber, timber offcuts or other building products (such as steel, concrete, bricks, or builder's rubble), automobile components, rocks and earth (ie soil clay) and hazardous waste.
Waste and Recycling Collections
Residential Waste is collected weekly, your recycling fortnightly and the green organics on the alternate week to your recycling bin. Every household within the City of Mitcham will receive a copy of the recycling, green organics and waste collection calendar in March. To find out when your Recycling and Green Organics collections are scheduled for download the calendar below:
Please note food and kitchen scraps can now be placed in the green bin.
If you did not receive a copy, you can download a copy from this website (above) or contact the Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888 or via e-mail email@example.com to have a copy sent to you.
Ideally bins should be out the night before collection is due. Don't get caught out! Pickup times may change without notice and your collection may be missed. To ensure collection, please place your rubbish on the kerb by 6 am.
Waste and Recycling will be collected on all public holidays as normal except for Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Good Friday, 29 March 2013. Rubbish due for collection on Good Friday will be collected on Saturday 30 March 2013.
Christmas collection week. Rubbish due for collection during the week from Christmas Day will be one day later as follows:
- Wednesday 25 December 2013 will be collected on Thursday 26 December 2013
- Thursday 26 December 2013 will be collected on Friday 27 December 2013
- Friday 27 December 2013 will be collected on Saturday 28 December 2013
New Year 2014
New Year collection week. Rubbish due for collection during the week from New Year's Day will be one day later as follows:
- Wednesday 1 January 2014 will be collected on Thursday 2 January 2014
- Thursday 2 January 2014 will be collected on Friday 3 January 2014
- Friday 3 January 2014 will be collected on Saturday 4 January 2014
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