Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection

Why Waste It? We are Still Recycling it!

You may have seen a range of articles concerning the China Sword Waste Policy and the impact it is having on the global recycling market in the media recently. Many of our residents are still wondering whether it is still worth recycling. The answer is YES!

It is important to know that recycling is still environmentally beneficial and the City of Mitcham is committed to investigating short, medium and long term solutions by working closely with East Waste, the waste industry and State/Federal governments towards ensuring more sustainable, financial viable long term outcomes.

Recycling is important and is a vital part of our continued existence on a planet with an increasing population and finite resources. Recycling also ensure that recyclates are at their highest and best use for as long as possible and this is essential to ensure Australia’s long-term sustainability and reduces reliance on the use of raw materials.

You play a very important role by placing the right materials in the right bin and keeping items that can’t be recycled out. Please continue to recycle through your yellow-lidded recycling bin:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminium
  • Plastic (rigid)
  • Steel/tin
  • Glass

You will be playing your part to improve the quality of recycled materials. It is also very important that we refocus our efforts in avoiding, reducing, and re-using waste in the first place, to lessen our reliance on recycling.

Please do not place in your recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags/recycling in bags
  • Electronic waste
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Liquids
  • Garden (organic) material
  • Clothing/ fabric
  • General waste
  • Polystyrene/foam
  • Bricks and building materials
  • Shredded paper
  • Wire, strapping and hoses

If recycling materials are too contaminated it may be too difficult to sort and end up being wasted in landfill. The cost for doing so is ultimately passed onto our residents through rates.

We will continue to work closely with East Waste, Industry and Government to ensure that recycling continues as an essential service, and assist in working toward new models that provide more sustainable long-term outcomes.

Waste and Recycling Collection Services

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

Menzel Plastics
971 South Road, Melrose Park
(08) 8277 7444

Paramount Browns
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

2018/2019 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule

General waste is collected weekly with your recycling bin and green organics bin collected on alternate weeks. Place all bins out by 6am on collection day and bring them back in on the same day once emptied.

2018 2019 City of Mitcham Waste Calendar


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2019/2020 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule

Click here to download your 2019/2020 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar

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Waste Calender Key

Use the map below to determine your collection day or download the My Local Services App to get a friendly reminder each week

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Delayed Collections

Public Holidays

Bin collections will be delayed over the Easter, Christmas and New Year period. The affected days are listed below.

Usual Collection DayEaster Collection Dates
Friday 19 April 2019Saturday 20 April 2019
Usual Collection DateChristmas Collection Day
Wednesday 25 December 2019
Thursday 26 December 2019
Friday 27 December 2019

Thursday 26 December 2019
Friday 27 December 2019
Saturday 28 December 2019

Usual Collection DayNew Year Collection Day
Wednesday 1 January 2020
Thursday 2 January 2020
Friday 3 January 2020
Thursday 2 January 2020
Friday 3 January 2020
Saturday 4 January 2020
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 guide 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?

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 happens to your Recycling Bin once it is collected:

What Happens to your Recyclables?

Recyclable material collected from your yellow lid recycle bin is delivered to SKM Materials Recycling Facility so it can be sorted ready for recycling!

The Recycling Process

Initial Sorting

Recyclables travel along a conveyor and contaminants such as soft plastics, polystyrene, food and garden materials are removed.

Main Sorting

Recyclables such as glass, plastics, metal and aluminium cans are separated from paper and cardboard via a vibrating disc screen.

Paper and Cardboard

Cardboard is manually separated from paper. It is then put into bales ready for sale to paper mills for making new packaging products.

Magnet Separation Process

Steel cans are removed and put into bales using a magnet.

Screen Glass

Glass recyclables pass through an automated ceramic detection system to remove ceramic containments. Glass is optically sorted by colour and stored in bays ready for sale to glass packaging manufacturers.

Air Classifier Separation

Lightweight recyclables like aluminium and plastic bottles are separated from the heavy recyclables such as glass as the products move across an air field, whereby light material is separated from heavy.

Optical Sorting – Plastic

Mixed plastics and bottles go through an automated optical sorting system which separates the different types of plastic grades such as PET, White HDPE, Coloured HDPE and PP. 

Important! Black plastics cannot be detected and therefore cannot be recycled. Please place black plastics into your blue lidded bin. 

Storage and Final Processing

Once plastics, cardboard, paper, aluminium, steel and glass recyclables have all been separated, they are put into bales or placed into storage bays ready for delivery to local, interstate and international re-manufacturing facilities. These materials are then made into new products.

Short term and temporary stockpiling of all recycling material is common as it allows for recyclable materials to be sorted and transported to appropriate recycling facilities.

The Environment Protection Authority monitors and regulates stockpiling of materials providing strict guidelines on how materials need to be managed and sets limits on the amounts and times that materials can be stockpiled for.

 Waste Chart

What Goes In the Green Organics Bin?

Use your FOGO (green lidded food and garden organics bin) for more than just your garden material. All organic material can go into your FOGO 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.

What happens to your FOGO (green lidded food and organics bin) once it is collected:

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What Goes In the General Waste Bin?

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
  • ropes and hoses.

Soft plastics (eg reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionery 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.

Contact Us

Tel 08 8372 8888

Fax 08 8372 8101

Email Us

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Locate Us

PO Box 21

Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062


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