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Tricky Waste

Waste is no longer seen as materials that just go to landfill. Through resource recovery, waste materials can be reused, recycled and reprocessed into a variety of products. There are also landfill bans where items such as electronic waste, tyres, asbestos and batteries are not allowed to be sent to landfills.

Here is a list of tricky wastes that we may need to dispose of from time to time. It is recommended you contact each organisation prior to disposing of your waste as costs may be incurred.

Alternatively you can also visit East Waste's which can provide assistance in working out which bin these tricky wastes belong to or contact the Waste Management Officer at Council on 8372 8888 or if you have further questions.

Asbestos cannot be disposed of through the kerbside waste and recycling service. Please refer to the yellow pages for specialised professionals or visit the EPA or Safework SA for more information.

For information on safely and legally removing asbestos, please use the following link:

Small pieces of alfoil can be disposed of in your general waste bin (blue lid). If the size of the alfoil when scrunched into a ball is bigger than the size of your fist, it can then be placed in the recycling bin (yellow lid).

Car and truck batteries, non-ferrous metals can be taken to:

  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton, phone 8295 5077
  • Blackwood Firewood and Recycling, Main Road (opposite Railway Station), Blackwood, phone 8278 2996
  • Daws Road Bottle Co, 76 Daws Road, Edwardstown, phone 8277 5588

Small quantities of household batteries (e.g. less than 1kg) can be taken to:

  • City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road Torrens Park, phone 8372 8888
  • Blackwood Library, 215 Main Road Blackwood, phone 8372 8255
  • Mitcham Library, 154 Belair Road Hawthorn, phone 8372 8244
  • Aldi Supermarkets - Various locations throughout South Australia

Building and construction material is not allowed to go in any kerbside collection bin or put out for at call hard waste. It needs to be taken to a waste transfer station such as:

Clothing, shoes and handbags can be donated through the SCR Group.

In 2017, 70% of items were donated to people in need, 15% of items were recycled and 15% of items were converted from waste to alternate fuels.

For more information visit, or download a copy of their brochure SCR Group Brochure(2097 kb)

There are drop off locations at major shopping centres at:

  • Colonnades, Noarlunga Centre
  • Kurralta Central, Kurralta Park
  • Castle Plaza, Edwardstown
  • Elizabeth Shopping Centre, Elizabeth
  • Arndale Shopping Centre, Kilkenny
  • Hollywood Plaza, Salisbury Downs
  • Ingle Farm Shopping Centre, Ingle Farm
  • Clipboard Stationers and Art Supplies, Morphett Vale
  • Grey Hub

End of life globes can be disposed of at the counter of any Mitre 10 or True Value hardware stores at no cost. This includes compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes, incandescent gloves and halogen lamps, tubes and bulbs from residential properties. These globes will be recycled and prevent the mercury contained in some globes from harming the environment.

Light globes must not go into any of your bins at home.

The closest Mitre 10 and True Value hardware stores are:

  • Banner Mitre 10 Blackwood, 191 Main Road, Blackwood, phone 8278 8211
  • Blackwood True Value Hardware, 235 Main Road, Blackwood, phone 8278 2171

Empty gas bottles can be taken to any 'Swap and Go' location and replaced at cost with a gas bottle that has been filled correctly and checked by technicians. Click here for 'Swap and Go' locations: Many hardware stores and service stations also offer a similiar service.

Empty gas cylinders can be disposed of at:

  • Metro Waste Services, 19-25 Murray Street, Thebarton
  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Phone 8295 5077. Website

Green Industries SA have opened some metropolitan locations to dispose of your Hazardous Waste. One currently open in our area is located at:

  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road. North Plympton. Phone: 8295 5077. Website:
For more information visit Green Industries at

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 3pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm

Accepted products include:

  • Kitchen: Aerosol can, floor care products, polishes and oven cleaners.
  • Bathroom: Pharmaceuticals, medicines, bathroom cleaners, nail polish and remover.
  • Workshop: Paint strippers, cutting oil, solvent-based glues, any paints, thinners, acetone, turpentine, varnish, wood preservative and rust remover.
  • Garden: Fungicides, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides and rat poison
  • Garage: Batteries, transmission and brake fluids, petrol, diesel, kerosene, engine oil, cooking oil and coolant.
  • Miscellaneous: Acids, alkalis, artists’ paints, dry cleaning solvents, fibreglass resins (not mixed), mercury batteries, NiCads, mothballs, photographic chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, smoke detectors, fluorescent light tubes, compact fluorescent lamps and gas bottles (empty).

The domestic hard waste collection service accepts mattresses and sofas for free. Each household is entitled to one collection per year.

Unwanted mattresses and sofas can be disposed at cost through:

Close to 100% of the components of mobile phones, accessories and batteries can be recycled. Mobile Muster is the official Mobile Phone Industry Recycling Program.

The following Council sites accept old mobile phones:

  • City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park, phone 8372 8888
  • Mitcham Library, 154 Belair Road, Hawthorn, phone 8372 8244
  • Blackwood Library, 215 Main Road, Blackwood, phone 8372 8255

Refer to or call 1300 730 070 for additional outlets.

Do not place used motor or cooking oils in any kerbside collection bin as it is banned from landfill.

Unwanted oils can be taken to:

Dry paint is perfectly safe to dispose of in your waste bin.

You can harden paint at home by simply leaving the lid off or adding a paint hardener purchased from a hardware store. Tap the hardened paint out of the tin and place in the waste bin. Empty, dry paint tins can be recycled in the yellow recycling bin.

Alternatively, liquid paint can be recycled for free through the Paintback program. See below for a list of participants or visit for more details:

  • Hackham Recyclers, 16 Cottage Lane Hackham, phone 8384 8667
  • Wingfield -Cleanaway, George Street Wingfield, phone 8344 0900
  • NAWMA Resource Recovery Centre, Gate 3 Bellchambers Road Edinburgh North, phone 1800 111 004 or 8259 2110

Old pharmaceuticals and medicines can often be disposed of at local chemists. Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

Visit City of Mitcham Civic Centre to dispose of plastic bread tags. We have placed a container in the foyer for residents to drop off plastic bread tags. City of Mitcham also has plastic bread tag collection containers at Mitcham Memorial Library and Blackwood Library.

The bread tags are recycled at a local recycler, Transmutation, in Robe SA to raise funds to buy wheelchairs for children in South Africa.

For more information please visit

Bread Tags Collection Container

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a common plastic that is not recycled via the kerbside recycling service.  This doesn’t mean that pure, clean polystyrene cannot be recycled, though. NAWMA recently purchased a machine that can turn expanded polystyrene foam into a form that can be reused to make other items such as photo frames, coat hangers and outdoor furniture just to name a few.

Polystyrene foam CANNOT be recycled through the yellow-lid kerbside recycling bin. Any polystyrene in this bin will be sent to landfill and may also contaminate other recycling streams such as paper and glass when it breaks into small pieces in the collection truck.

If you can’t recycle your polystyrene foam please dispose of it in the red/blue-lid general waste bin.

Residents can recycle household quantities of clean, white, rigid polystyrene packaging foam for FREE when they take it to:

The Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

32 Scott Creek Road, Heathfield​ - Phone: 8339 4323

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 4.00pm, Saturday & Sunday - 9.00am to 4.00pm


Edinburgh North Resource Recovery Centre

Gate 3 Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 3pm

The plastic, metals and inks contained within printer cartridges can be recycled into new products. Cartridges for Planet Ark's a program with a variety of retail drop off points throughout South Australia. For information on your nearest drop off point please call 1800 242 473 or visit

The Council provides a sharps container exchange program for City of Mitcham residents with medical conditions such as diabetes. A 3.1L sharps container is exchanged for another at no cost. This is for residents only and no other container will be accepted.

Businesses need to contact a commercial waste contractor to dispose of their pharmaceutical waste including sharps.

Domestic smoke alarms can be placed in the blue lidded bin collected as part of the kerbside collection service. The small amount of radioactive material in smoke alarms is not a health hazard. It does not present a radiation risk to personnel involved in waste handling at resource recovery facilities, landfill and bale-fill operations, the public or the environment.

Commercial or industrial smoke alarms may not be suitable for disposal in the blue lidded bin. Please contact the Radiation Protection Branch from the EPA on 8204 2004.

Soft plastics, including reusable shopping bags, produce bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, biscuit and lolly packaging, newspaper wraps and old 'green' bags, can be recycled through designated soft plastics recycling bins at various supermarkets. From here they are recycled into plastic signage, bollards, board walks and other outdoor furniture.

The Redcycle website lists supermarkets that have a drop off location for soft plastics,

Alternatively, these soft plastics can be put in the general waste bin (blue lid).

Rigid plastics or those that hold their shape, can be recycled in the yellow recycling bin and NO plastics are accepted in the green organics bin.

Unwanted tyres must not be placed in any kerbside collection bin or illegally dumped along roads and reserves. The disposal of tyres can incur a fee as they are banned from landfill.

Tyres can be taken to:

  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton, phone 8295 5077
  • Southern Tyre Disposals, 6 Meyer Road, Lonsdale, phone 8326 8555

Tyre retailers including Beaurepairs, Kmart Tyre and Auto Service and Goodyear Autocare may also accept your unwanted tyres.

X-rays can be taken to any Red Cross Centre that has a collection box. The closest Red Cross store is:

  • St Marys - 1267-1269 South Road, St Marys, phone 8357 6478