Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling Collection Services

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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.

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.

Click here for common FAQs about the kerbside waste and recycling collection service.

Please expand the headings below for your bin collection calendar and other important information.


Use the map below to determine your collection day or download the My Local Services App to get a friendly reminder each week. You can also download the Collection Calendar here.

Waste Calendar Map

Public Holidays

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

Usual Collection Day

Easter Collection Dates

Friday 10 April 2020

Saturday 11 April 2020

Usual Collection Date

Christmas Collection Day

Friday 25 December 2020

Saturday 26 December 2020


Usual Collection Day

New Year Collection Day

Friday 1 January 2021

Saturday 2 January 2021

Catastrophic and Extreme Fire Risk Days

Waste collection services will be restricted in the Mitcham Council’s bushfire prone areas 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.

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 the lid pins on your (blue/yellow/green lid) bin are missing or damaged, replacement pins are available for free at the Civic Centre and Depot.

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.

City of Mitcham residents will need to provide their own 240L green organics bin. These are available for purchase at most hardware stores.

Additional 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

Households are entitled to a blue lid general waste bin and a yellow lid recycling bin and can request additional bins for collection. An annual fee is applied for all additional bins to cover the cost associated with managing the extra material.

What you need to apply

  • Complete an Additional Bin Application Form and email it to mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.
  • Demonstrate a valid reason for requiring additional bin(s)
  • Acknowledge:
    • Blue Lid (Domestic Waste) and Yellow Lid (Recycling) bins will be provided by City of Mitcham and remain the property of Council
    • Green Lid (Green Organic) 240L bins will be provided by the occupier
    • Maximum of 3 bins per stream in total (Anything more indicates a commercial service is more suitable)
    • All additional waste collection services are subject to annual fee (to cover the cost associated with managing the extra material).
    • Pay invoice

What the costs are

The following fees apply for one additional bin per annum, pro-rated during the first year


General Waste

Recycling / Green Organic





































What happens to your application

Council will locate the property and confirm the number of approved bins.  An assessment will be undertaken, and the applicant notified of Council’s decision.

If the application is successful, the applicant will be notified, and an invoice issued for payment along with a sticker that needs to be attached to the bin for identification purposes.

The applicant will also be notified if the application is not successful.


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)

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) are products with a power cord or battery that have reached the end of their useful life. Council provides two Unplug N' Drop e-waste disposal bins at the Mitcham Cultural Village and City of Mitcham Operations Depot. See our e-waste page here for more information.


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 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.