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:
25 Temple Court, Ottoway
(08) 8444 2100
971 South Road, Melrose Park
(08) 8277 7444
Waste & Recycling Supplies
Duncan Court, Ottoway
(08) 8447 2500
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.
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 5170.
If your general waste (blue lid) or recycling (yellow lid) bin is stolen, please click here to obtain a lost property reference number from SAPOL 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 residnet to replace the stolen bin.
General waste is collected weekly with your recycling bin and green organics bin collected on alternate weeks. Use the map below to determine your collection day.
How to use the kerbside collection system:
- Put the bins out by 6 am on the day of pick up and bring them back in on the same day after collection.
- Face each bin towards the road – wheels towards the house.
- Bins are required to be one (1) metre apart where possible and one (1) metre from surrounding objects (such as poles, trees, cars, etc.) with plenty of clearance from overhead branches.
- Place the right material in the right bin as contaminated bins may not be collected.
- Don’t overfill your bin and make sure the lid can close.
View waste collection area in a larger map.
Over Easter, Christmas and New Year kerbside waste and recycling collection will be delayed due to the public holidays. These days are listed on the table below.
Kerbside collection in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire District may also be delayed where Extreme and Catastrophic fire danger ratings are issued by the South Australian Country Fire Service. Residents should leave their bins out until collected.
|Usual Collection Date||Easter Collection Date|
|Friday 18 April 2014||Saturday 19 April 2014|
|Usual Collection Date||Christmas Collection Date|
|Thursday 25 December 2014||Friday 26 December 2014|
|Friday 26 December 2014||Saturday 27 December 2014|
|Usual Collection Date||New Year Collection Date|
|Thursday 1 January 2015||Friday 2 January 2015|
|Friday 2 January 2015||Saturday 3 January 2015|
What goes in the recycling bin?
- Tins and cans (including aerosols)
- All glass bottles and jars (rinsed and with lids off).
- Paper and cardboard (e.g. flattened newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, egg cartons and cardboard boxes, and shredded paper sealed inside an envelope)
- Liquid paperboard cartons (e.g. juice and milk cartons – rinsed)
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Clean plant pots and seedling tubs
- All rigid plastic containers (e.g. plastic drink bottles, detergent bottles, yoghurt, ice cream and margarine containers – rinsed and lids off)
- Empty pizza boxes (with minimial oil stains) and rinsed takeaway coffee cups
- Aluminium trays and alfoil (needs to be the size of a tennis ball)
Do not bundle newspaper or cardboard or put your recycling in plastic bags – place all recyclables loose into the bin.
Shredded paper needs to be sealed in an envelope before going into the yellow recycling bin. Alternatively, it can be placed loose into your green organics bin.
Do not mix recyclables (e.g. putting cans in boxes).
Hard rigid plastic lids can be collected in a plastic milk bottle and plastic in the recycling bin once full.
If you can scrunch a piece of plastic packaging in your hand it cannot be recycled and needs to be either recycled through the soft plastics recycling at major supermarkets or put into your blue lidded bin.
Remove all lids from jars, bottles and plastic containers before putting them in the bin.
Rinse containers as necessary – save waster and use leftover dishwater.
What can I put in my green organics bin?
- Lawn clippings
- Small prunings and cuttings
- Bark, small branches and twigs
- Cut flowers
- Food scraps
- Shredded paper
- Food and oil stained pizza boxes (pizza boxes with minimal food stains can go in the recycling bin)
- Low grade paper (e.g. paper towel, tissues, paper muffin cases and lunch bags)
For information on food scraps recycling and the availability of kitchen caddies and compostable bags click here.
Green organics bin tips
If it didn’t grown, it doesn’t go!
Remember you garden waste is a valuable resource used to make compost and mulch, so do the right thing.
Do not put materials in plastic bags or use bin liners.
No soil, rocks, stones, bricks, plant pots, garden tools and hoses.
If you don’t have grass or garden clippings, line your bin with newspaper, it will prevent smelly residue build up from your food scraps
What can I put into my general waste bin?
This bin is for general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or green organics bin
- Kitty litter (wrapped).
- Small broken household items such as china and glassware.
- Garbage bags and non-recyclable plastic and food packaging.
- Soft plastics (e.g. reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionary packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags)*.
- Cling film, aluminium foil and wine bladders.
- Rags and clothing that cannot be passed on as hand-me downs or given to charity shops.
- Expanded polystyrene (e.g. meat trays, cups and packaging material).
- Ropes and hoses.
*Soft plastics can be recycled at major supermarkets. Click here for more information.