Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection
The City of Mitcham provides a three bin kerbside waste and recycling collection service:
East Waste is responsible for collecting the recycling and green organics material on alternate fortnights. The City of Mitcham comes through weekly to collect the waste from the general waste bin.
Click here for common FAQs about the kerbside waste and recycling collection service.
Council provides residents with a 240L yellow lid recycling bin, and a 140L blue lid general waste bin at no cost. To use the green organics kerbside service, residents need to provide their own 240L green lid bin.
Suppliers of new and second-hand green lid bins are listed in the Yellow Pages and include:
19 Watervale Drive, Green Fields
(08) 8259 9700
971 South Road, Melrose Park
(08) 8277 7444
Cavan Road, Gepps Cross
(08) 8260 6333
Wheelie Bins Adelaide
7 Rosberg Road, Wingfield
(08) 8260 6644
If you have too much waste, recyclables or green organics, additional bins are available subject to approval and an annual service fee. Contact Mitcham Council on 8372 8888 for more details.
Bin Collection Days
2016/2017 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule
General waste is collected weekly with your recycling bin and green organics bin collected on alternate weeks.
Please refer to the Kerbside Waste and Recycling Service Calendar for more information on the service including bin presentation and maximum bin weights.
Use the map below to determine your collection day.
During the 2016 Christmas season, Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on a Sunday. Kerbside waste and recycling collections will not be affected by these two public holidays.
Catastrophic and Extreme Fire Risk Days
Waste collection services will be restricted in the Mitcham Council’s higher fire risk area during a declared Catastrophic or Extreme Fire Danger day in the Mount Lofty Ranges District. Please leave your bins out until collected as Council and East Waste will return to service the bins in the affected areas as soon as appropriate.
There is also the potential for bin collection services in the days following a Catastrophic or Extreme Fire Danger day to be affected as Council and East Waste work towards restoring the normal bin collection schedule. In these circumstances, residents and business operators should leave their bins out until collected.
What Goes In Which Bin?
Use the images below to help you use your kerbside bins correctly. An A-Z giude is also available listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘Which Bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.
What Goes In The Recycling Bin?
To reduce waste going to landfill you can now place more items in your yellow recycling bin, including:
- Plastic storage containers (ie Tupperware)
- Plastic toys (no batteries)
- Plastic plant pots
- Biscuit trays
- Plastic crockery (clean)
- CD and DVD cases (remove disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover)
- Pots and pans
- Medicine and vitamin bottles (empty)
What Goes In The Green Organics Bin?
Use your green organics bin for more than just your garden material. All organic material can go into your green organics bin including:
- food scraps (including meat and seafood)
- food-stained pizza boxes
- shredded paper
- paper towel and tissues
- lunch bags and paper muffin cases
- pet waste
- charcoal and ash
- human and pet hair
Remember to place all garden material loose into the bin. Do not put your garden material in plastic bags.
Excess garden material can be taken to Lynton Green Organics Drop-off Facility.
All Food Scraps Are Good To Go!
Food scraps are a valuable resource that we can no longer waste. A 2015 bin audit found 47% of material in the waste bin were food scraps or uneaten food. Food scraps placed in the green organics bin will be composted by Jeffries and turned into compost and mulch. Recycling food scraps increases resource recovery, reduces waste to landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
All food can go into the green organics bin including:
- food scraps and peels
- cake and bread crusts
- fruit and vegetables
- teabags and coffee grounds
- meat scraps, bones and seafood (raw and cooked)
- egg and oyster shells
- cheese and yoghurt
- leftover takeway foods
There are several ways you can recycle your food scraps. You can choose which best suits your household!
- Put your food scraps in loose
- Wrap your food scraps in newspaper
- Use compostable bags and a kitchen caddy
Kitchen caddies and compostable bags are available from the City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park at a discounted price:
- Kitchen caddy and roll of 52 compostable bags: $10
- Roll of 52 compostable bags: $4
- Role of 100 compostable bags: $7.50
Compostable bags are made of 100% compostable materials that decompose during the commercial composting process. Compostable bags differ to biodegradable bags so it is important to only use compostable bags when recycling your food scraps.
What Goes In The General Waste Bin?
This bin is for general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or green organics bin.
Other items suitable for the waste bin include:
- kitty litter
- polystyrene (meat trays, foam cups and packaging material)
- wine bladders
- aluminium foil
- ropes and hoses.
Soft plastics (eg reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionary packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags) can go into the blue waste bin. However they can also be recycled at major supermarkets.
Please ensure flammable and hazardous materials are not placed in any kerbside bin.
Missed, Damaged and Stolen Bins
For missed or damaged bin issues relating to the general waste bin (blue lid) call Mitcham Council on 8372 8888.
For missed or damaged bin issues relating to the recycling (yellow lid) and green organics (green lid) bins call East Waste on 8347 5111.
If your general waste (blue lid) or recycling (yellow lid) bin is stolen, please click here to obtain a lost property reference number from South Australia Police before contacting Mitcham Council on 8372 8888 for a replacement bin. As the green organics bin belongs to the resident, it is the responsibility of the resident to replace the stolen bin.