Waste & Recycling

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, SKM Recycling, 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, SKM Recycling, 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 Strategy

We can no longer rely on sending all our waste to landfill, especially when there are a lot of valuable materials that can be reused and recycled. As individuals and as a community we need to be more responsible of our consumption of materials and how we dispose of them. After all, waste generation and disposal has significant environmental, economic and social impacts.

In response, the City of Mitcham has developed a Waste Management Strategy to demonstrate its commitment to reducing waste to landfill, increasing resource recovery and increasing community knowledge of responsible waste management.

Waste Management Strategy(628 kb)

BYO Coffee Cups

Join the war on waste and BYO a Coffee Cup to reduce your waste footprint by ditching the takeaway cup for a reusable cup. Local cafes are signing up to the Responsible Cafes initiative and offering a discount if you BYO coffee cup! Visit http://www.responsiblecafes.org/ for a list of local cafes.  

Terracycle Recycling Programs

Terracycle has programs available to help recycle the 'non-recycable whether you are an individual, retailer, small business or a large organisation. Some of the recycling programs target beauty products, coffee capsules, mailing satchels and even toothpaste containers. For more information on Terracycle's recycling programs please visit their website: http://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU

Why Waste It? Education Program

why waste it brand

The ‘Why Waste It?’ education program being delivered in partnership with East Waste aims to raise awareness in our community of a better alternative to ‘wasting it’ by avoiding, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting your waste and unwanted materials.

A new website site whichbin.com.au is now live and is a great source of information on diverting waste and unwanted materials from landfill. There is a comprehensive A-Z guide listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘which bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.

 which bin website image

There are also educational resources available to download including flyers, posters and a printable listing of the A-Z guide.

Continue to watch this space as we encourage the community to think ‘Why Waste It?’

For more information on the Why Waste It education program please contact Council's Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888.

Waste Education

The Council is committed to community education and awareness on waste management. The Waste Management Officer can provide presentations on waste minimisation and resource recovery to residents, community groups, schools and organisations. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the group.
 
If you would like to book a waste education presentation, please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 or mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.

Please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 for more information on waste and recycling.

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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