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 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:

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

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

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

Electronic Waste

What is E-waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) are products with a power cord or battery that have reached the end of their useful life.

Examples of e-waste include:

  • Televisions
  • Computers (eg monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards and mice)
  • Telecommunications equipment (eg faxes, mobile phones and cordless phones)
  • Small household appliances (eg toasters, vacuums and microwaves)
  • Electrical and electronic tools (eg sewing machines, drills, electric mowers and electric toys)
  • Entertainment equipment (eg cameras, game consoles, DVD players and stereos)

Since 2013 all e-waste has been banned from landfill. Unwanted e-waste needs to be taken to a suitable e-waste recycling facility for dismantling and re-manufacturing.

Why recycle E-waste?

Almost all components of e-waste can be recycled. In fact about 90% of what is used to make televisions and computers can be recycled! E-waste contains non-renewable materials such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc and aluminium, but also hazardous materials including lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium. By recycling e-waste these materials are recovered and used to make new products.

E-waste recycling locations

There are a variety of facilities that accept e-waste throughout Adelaide with some sites accepting e-waste for free and others charging a small fee. Please note some sites also only accept TVs and computers through the National TV and Computer Scheme.

Nearby sites include:

Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham is an Unplug n' Drop site available 24/7

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City of Mitcham Operations Depot, 5 Winston Court, Melrose Park is an Unplug n' Drop site, available 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. (excluding public holidays) 

Unplug and Drop Site Operations Depot at Melrose Park  

Bunnings Australia also offers Unplug N' Drop sites at all of their stores.

Unplug N' Drop sites can be found here: 


Do not dump your unwanted items in the street, at a reserve or park, or along roadsides or other community areas. Littering is an offence and fines up to $1,000 can apply.

Fluorescent Globes and Energy Saving Bulbs

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

Gas Bottles

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:

  • Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road, North Plymptom
  • Metro Waste Services, 19-25 Murray Street, Thebarton

Household Hazardous Waste

Green Industries SA operate a Household Hazardous Waste Depot to help you safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals in an environmentally safe way. The depot is located at corner Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek and is open 9am to 12pm on the first Tuesday of every month.

Accepted products include:

  • Kitchen: Aersol 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: Fertiliser, fungicides, weed killers, insecticides, pesticides and rat poison
  • Garage: Batteries, battery acid, transmission and brake fluids, car wax with solvent, petrol, diesel, kerosene, motor oil, sump 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).

Mattresses and Sofas

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:

Mobile Phones

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

Pharmaceuticals / Medicines

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


Expanded polystyrene materials such as meat trays, cups, takeaway containers and packaging material can not be put into the recycling bin. The triangle is not a recycling symbol but a plastic identification code. Place polystyrene into the general waste bin.

Printer Cartridges

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.

Smoke Alarms

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, Plastic Wrap and Plastic Bags

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:

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

Contact Us

Tel 08 8372 8888

Fax 08 8372 8101

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

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PO Box 21

Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062


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