Waste Management

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.

Click on the links to find out information on these waste and recycling services:

Alternatively visit Zero Waste SA and use their ‘Recycle Right’ search engine to find out how to recycle various materials.

Waste and Recycling Initiatives

Kerbside Waste and Recycling Survey

Council in partnership with KESAB and Zero Waste SA is evaluating the success of the three bin and food scraps recycling kerbside collection services. A bin materials survey will be conducted in the next few weeks. The objective is to analyse the generation and management of waste, recycling and organics and measure our performance against standards across South Australia.

The survey will look at what recyclable and compostable material is still being put in the general waste bin and whether or not there is incorrect material in the recycling and organics bins.

100 households will be randomly surveyed. The survey does not identify individual households as the bin contents are mixed up with those from the other sample bins before they are analysed. No data can be attributed to any individual property. 

If your household bins are chosen, they will be marked with a temporary sticker - please do not remove this sticker.

If you do not wish to participate, please contact KESAB on 8234 7255 or email admin@kesab.asn.au and provide your property address.


Get FoodWise!


The City of Mitcham is supporting the FoodWise initiative to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. The majority of Australians have little idea about how much energy and resources it takes to get food from paddock to plate, nor do they know how much of this food is actually wasted. So we want you to become FoodWise!

Follow the link to the Council’s own FoodWise Recipe Finder page and start to explore the Recipe Room to make the most out of the food in your kitchen. There are recipes from celebrity chefs including Maggie Beer, Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong and Olivia Newton John! Once you have found a recipe, you can use the meal planner function to create your own shopping list.

You will also find tips on commonly wasted foods, how to shop seasonally and smart, and the hard truth on just how much food we actually waste every year. For example, did you know the average household throws away 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries purchased, that’s a waste of over $1000 each year!

There is much more to this website than just recipes and food shopping advice. There are videos on how to compost your food scraps by Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, fact sheets on growing a balcony garden and information on sustainable food labels.

Please take the time to look around the website to learn about what you can do to improve the way we grow, distribute, consume and dispose of food.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Council’s Waste Management Officer or Sustainability Officer on 8372 8888 or mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au

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.

Further Information

Please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 for more information on waste and recycling. Alternatively, contact Zero Waste SA on 1300 137 118 or www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au

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131 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062
T: +61 8 8372 8888 | F: +61 8 83728101
E: mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
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