How to use your blue waste, yellow recycling and green organics bins in the City of Mitcham, plus bin collection days, answers to common waste questions and how to report  bin issues.

Rubbish and recycling services in City of Mitcham

We provide a kerbside waste, organic and recycling collection service, and you’ll get a 140L blue (household waste) and a 240L yellow (recycling) bin as part of this service. While you currently need to provide your own 240L green bin, soon you will be able to request a free 240L green bin.

Separating your waste properly can be a lot to get your head around. This page explains what waste to put in your blue general waste bin, your yellow recycling bin and your green organics bin. For other waste, visit:

Make a general enquiry about bins or waste services

Bin collection

We collect the waste from the blue general waste bin weekly. East Waste collects the yellow recycling and green organics bins on alternating weeks. This means one week will be blue and yellow; the next, blue and green.

You can download the My Local Services app to get a friendly reminder of which bins to put out each week. You can also download the 2022/23 waste collection calendar.

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Download the 2022/23 waste collection calendar

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What goes in what bin?

You can find lists of what to put in each bin below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you’d like more information, visit Which Bin SA for a comprehensive list.

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Put these into your blue rubbish bin:

  • Any general household rubbish that can’t go in your yellow recycling bin or green organics bin
  • Polystyrene (meat trays, foam cups and packaging material)
  • Clothing, footwear and textiles (If these are in good condition, consider donating to a charity shop. Unwearable clothing can also be donated to SCR Group, where it will be reused, turned into rags or converted into an alternative fuel.)
  • Kitty litter
  • Single use nappies
  • Broken crockery and glassware
  • Wine bladders
  • Ropes and hoses
  • Soft plastics (such as reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionery packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags). These can also be recycled at major supermarkets. Visit Redcycle to find out more.

Don’t put these in your blue rubbish bin:

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Put these into your yellow recycling bin:

  • Paper and cardboard (for food-stained cardboard, like pizza boxes, use your green bin)
  • Aluminium
  • Hard plastic (do the scrunch test)
  • Steel/tin
  • Glass
  • Plastic storage containers, including Tupperware
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Biscuit trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • CD and DVD cases (remove disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover)
  • Empty medicine and vitamin bottles

Don’t put these in your yellow recycling bin:

  • No plastic bags (if you’ve collected recycling in plastic bags, empty out the recycling and put the bags in the blue general waste bin or in a Redcycle bin)
  • No electronic waste (more info on electronic waste here)
  • No food (more info on food waste here)
  • No nappies
  • No liquids
  • No garden (organic) material (more info on green waste here)
  • No clothing or fabric
  • No general waste
  • No polystyrene/foam
  • No bricks and building materials
  • No furniture or homewares (more info on hard rubbish here)
  • No shredded paper
  • No wire, strapping and hoses

It really helps if you rinse off and empty recyclable containers of food, liquids and other contaminants as much as you can. If recycling materials are too contaminated, they may be too difficult to sort and end up in landfill anyway.

We’ll continue to work closely with East Waste, the waste industry, and government to make sure that recycling continues as an essential service. The City of Mitcham has committed to working towards new models of recycling that are more sustainable and have better long-term outcomes.

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Put these into your green organics bin:

You can use your FOGO (green lidded food and garden organics) bin for more than just your garden clippings and plant waste. 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
  • Post-it notes
  • Remember all organic material should be loose in the bin. Do not use plastic bags.

Excess garden material can be taken to Lynton green organics drop-off facility.

Don’t put these in your green organics bin:

  • No plastic bags or wrapping
  • No plastic packaged food
  • No batteries or e-waste
  • No chemicals or poisons
  • No general waste
  • No polystyrene or foam
  • No nappies
  • No ropes or hoses
  • No plastic pots, containers or bottles
  • No painted or untreated wood
  • No building materials, rocks or dirt
  • No clothing, footwear or textiles

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Commonly asked bin questions

Use the map below to find out your collection day or download the My Local Services app to get a friendly reminder each week. You can also download the 2022/23 waste collection calendar.

Bin collections will be delayed over Easter, Christmas and New Years.

We will restrict waste collection services in all bushfire prone areas in the City of Mitcham during a declared Catastrophic or Extreme Fire Danger Day. Please leave your bins out until the Council and East Waste return to collect the bins, which they’ll do when it’s safe.

Collection services in all parts of the City of Mitcham may be affected by a Catastrophic or Extreme Fire Danger Day. We’ll work hard to get back to the normal bin collection schedule as soon as possible. In these circumstances, leave your bins out until they can be collected.

If your blue bin wasn’t emptied on collection day, please fill out the missed bin collection form. If your yellow recycling or green organics bin weren’t collected, call East Waste on 8347 5111 or email east@eastwaste.com. You can also give us a call on 8372 8888.

If your blue or yellow bin has been stolen, the City of Mitcham will replace them. You must get a lost property report number for a replacement bin. Once you have the report number, fill in the damaged or stolen bin form or give us a call on 8372 8888.

If your green organics bin has been stolen, you must replace it yourself. Soon you will be able to request a free 240L green bin from the City of Mitcham.

If your blue or yellow bin needs to be replaced, you’ll need to fill in a damaged or stolen bin form. We order new bins every Wednesday before 1pm and deliver them on Thursdays. If your damaged bin still needs to be emptied after you get your new one, leave it out for the next collection. Then, leave your empty, damaged bin on the kerb to be removed.

If your yellow bin is broken, give East Waste a call on 8347 5111 or email east@eastwaste.com to arrange for it to be repaired. We’ll replace a yellow bin that can’t be repaired, but only once East Waste has inspected it.

You’re responsible for the ongoing maintenance of your green bin.

If your blue bin was damaged by the rubbish truck, please fill in the damaged or stolen bin form or give us a call on 8372 8888. For damaged yellow and green bins, give East Waste a call on 8347 5111 or email east@eastwaste.com.

Council has announced free green organics bins for households who do not yet have a green organics bin. Council will be investigating whether these green organics bins improve waste diversion and reduce costs through sending less organic waste to landfill.

Residents who want one of these 10,000 free green organics bins will have the opportunity to register soon via an Expression of Interest process, so please stay tuned for more details!

If you can't wait for a free bin you can purchase a new or second-hand green bin from:

Mastec
19 Watervale Drive, Green Fields
8259 9700
www.mastec.com.au

Menzel Plastics
971 South Road, Melrose Park
8277 7444
www.menzelplastics.com.au

Paramount Browns
Cavan Road, Gepps Cross
8260 6333
www.paramountbrowns.com.au

You can get rid of your green organic waste at the Lynton green organics drop-off facility which is open 9am to 3pm on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of each month (except for public holidays), as well as on some Mondays throughout the bushfire season.

You’re entitled to one blue lid general waste bin and one yellow lid recycling bin, but you can ask for additional bins for collection. There’s an annual fee for all additional bins to cover the cost associated with managing them. Here’s how to ask for more bins:

  • Complete the additional bin(s) application form
  • You’ll need to give us a valid reason for needing additional bin(s)
  • It’s important to know that:
    • City of Mitcham will provide blue lid (general waste) and yellow lid (recycling) bins, and they will remain Council property
    • You’ll need to supply your own green lid (organics) 240L bin. Council has announced a roll out of free green organics bins for households who do not yet have a green organics bin. Residents who want one of these 10,000 free green organics bins will have the opportunity to register soon via an Expression of Interest process, so please stay tuned for more details!
    • You’re allowed a maximum of three bins of each colour in total (if you need any more, you’ll have to organise a commercial service for collections)
    • You must pay an annual fee for all additional waste collection services

Once we receive your application form, we’ll check the number of approved bins at your property, make an assessment, and then tell you what we decide.

We’ll send you an invoice for the additional bins, and a sticker to attach to the bin/s so that they can be properly identified.

We’ll also tell you if your application for more bins isn’t successful – and why.

The following yearly fees apply for one additional bin, and these are prorated during the first year:

2022/23

General Waste

Recycling/Green Organic

July

$167.00

$96.00

August

$139.20

$80.00

September

$125.25

$72.00

October

$111.35

$64.00

November

$97.40

$56.00

December

$83.50

$48.00

January

$69.60

$40.00

February

$55.65

$32.00

March

$41.75

$24.00

April

$27.85

$16.00

May

$13.90

$8.00

June

$0.00

$0.00

Together with KESAB, we’ve launched a bin tagging project, which aims to educate residents on how to reduce contamination in kerbside bins. The project will also provide additional data for the food scrap program.

The project involves 200 randomly chosen households for a kerbside bin inspection in the existing kitchen caddy trial area.

We’ll place a ‘Thank you!’ or ‘Oops!’ tag on the bin based on how much it’s contaminated. The ‘Oops!’ tag explains what the contamination is and tells you how to avoid contamination before the next collection.

The project includes four weeks of inspections and bin tags, followed by a one two month break, then more inspections to see if households have reduced their bin contamination. The project aims to reduce our current 15.9% of kerbside contamination.

Bin tagging is happening in several councils around SA with great results. In 2011, a South Australian council reduced their contamination by 66% and increased the amount that was put into recycling bins by 43%.

Each week, a randomly chosen household with two ‘Thank you!’ tags will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

It’s important to know that we'll always respect your privacy, and any information we record won’t be identified and will only be used for educational purposes.

Our commitment to diverting waste from landfill

We’re passionate about reusing and extracting value from waste before it’s sent to landfill, and are committed to increasing both resource recovery and community knowledge of responsible waste management.

If you’ve read about the China Sword Waste Policy and the impact it’s having on the global recycling market, and wondering if it’s still worth recycling, the answer is: absolutely.

Recycling is so important for the environment, and we’re committed to finding even more sustainable and cost-effective solutions by working closely with East Waste, the waste industry and State and Federal governments.

Read our waste management strategy