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, 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
- Plastic (rigid)
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
- Garden (organic) material
- Clothing/ fabric
- General waste
- 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, 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 Collection Services
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.
Click here for common FAQs about the kerbside waste and recycling collection service.
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.
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
971 South Road, Melrose Park
(08) 8277 7444
Cavan Road, Gepps Cross
(08) 8260 6333
Wheelie Bins Adelaide
7 Rosberg Road, Wingfield
(08) 8260 6644
If you have too much waste, recyclables or green organics, additional bins are available subject to approval and an annual service fee. Contact Mitcham Council on 8372 8888 for more details.
Bin Collection Days
2019/2020 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Schedule
Click here to download your 2019/2020 Kerbside Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar
Use the map below to determine your collection day or download the My Local Services App to get a friendly reminder each week
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 19 April 2019||Saturday 20 April 2019|
|Usual Collection Date||Christmas Collection Day|
|Wednesday 25 December 2019|
Thursday 26 December 2019
Friday 27 December 2019
Thursday 26 December 2019
|Usual Collection Day||New Year Collection Day|
|Wednesday 1 January 2020|
Thursday 2 January 2020
Friday 3 January 2020
|Thursday 2 January 2020|
Friday 3 January 2020
Saturday 4 January 2020
Catastrophic and Extreme Fire Risk Days
Waste collection services will be restricted in the Mitcham Council’s higher fire risk area 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.
What Goes in which Bin?
Use the images below to help you use your kerbside bins correctly. An A-Z guide is also available listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘Which Bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.
What Goes in the Recycling Bin?
To reduce waste going to landfill you can now place more items in your yellow recycling bin, including:
- Plastic storage containers (ie Tupperware)
- Plastic toys (no batteries)
- Plastic plant pots
- Biscuit trays
- Plastic crockery (clean)
- CD and DVD cases (remove disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover)
- Pots and pans
- Medicine and vitamin bottles (empty)
What happens to your Recycling Bin once it is collected:
East Waste collects the recyclables from households and delivers them to NAWMA’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The following steps explain how the material is sorted by both people and machines into its different streams:
- Once received, recyclables are pushed with a front end loader from the onto a chain conveyor that transfers the recyclables from ground level to operating level where the sorting commences.
- Pre-Sort Room – MRF sorters remove large waste items and sort large cardboard. Cardboard is separated onto conveyors to bypass the sorting equipment so that it works more efficiently. Large cardboard combines back with other cardboard products at the end of the process. Waste is transferred to large contained waste packers ready for transport to NAWMA’s Uleybury Landfill site.
- Trommel – rotates the recyclables and separates containers (glass bottles, steel cans, aluminium cans, rigid plastics) from paper. Containers then travel over bounce conveyors to separate residual paper from the containers stream to present a container rich stream to the MRF sorters.
- Container Sorting Room – PET (RC1)(CDL and non-deposit), HDPE (RC2), mixed plastics (RC 3-5), glass bottles and jars (CDL and non CDL) are separated into different holding bunkers by the MRF sorters ready for a quality check.
- Screening and Quality Check – the separated container products are screened, quality checked and bulked up ready for transport to end markets to be recycled back into products.
- Steel cans are removed by an electro magnet, transferred to a steel baler and baled ready for transport to downstream processors to be made back into steel products.
- Aluminium products are removed by an eddy current (drink cans, deodorant cans, aluminium trays and foil) and blown into cages ready for a secondary sort into beer cans, soft drink cans and other aluminium products.
- Ballistic separators clean up the paper stream by separating any residual containers, glass fines, dirt, bottle tops and organics away from the paper stream which is then transferred to the Quality Sort Paper Room.
- Quality Sort Paper Room – MRF staff remove any contamination left in the paper and cardboard stream so that it can be baled ready for transport and recycling back into paper and cardboard products.
What Goes In the Green Organics Bin?
Use your FOGO (green lidded food and garden organics bin) for more than just your garden material. 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
Remember to place all garden material loose into the bin. Do not put your garden material in plastic bags.
Excess garden material can be taken to Lynton Green Organics Drop-off Facility.
What happens to your FOGO (green lidded food and organics bin) once it is collected:
What Goes In the General Waste Bin?
This bin is for general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or green organics bin.
Other items suitable for the waste bin include:
- kitty litter
- polystyrene (meat trays, foam cups and packaging material)
- wine bladders
- ropes and hoses.
Soft plastics (eg reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionery packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags) can go into the blue waste bin. However they can also be recycled at major supermarkets.
Please ensure flammable and hazardous materials are not placed in any kerbside bin.
Missed, Damaged and Stolen Bins
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 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.