Waste Management

Urban environments contain many sources of pollution that can contaminate our land, air and water. These can have a variety of impacts on our environment, on public health and on local amenity.

Generation and disposal of waste has substantial economic, social and environmental costs. Landfill sites for solid wastes can pose significant air, land and water contamination problems while in operation and long after they have been closed.

Visit the Waste and Recycling page for information about your bin collection.


Our Waste Management Policy
  • Avoid generation of waste, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and encourage resource recovery, reuse and recycling opportunities.
  • Reduce pollution and contamination from council’s operations and support pollution prevention in the community.

Our Response

The City of Marion plays an important role in providing:

  • Household waste collection and recycling services.
  • Managing and operating a landfill site (Southern Region Waste Resources Authority - SRWRA) with the Cities of Onkaparinga and Holdfast Bay.
  • Delivering community education and awareness programs.
  • Providing and maintaining litter infrastructure.

Council also has compliance and enforcement responsibilities for littering and illegal dumping activities.

Waste management activities are approached through considering a waste management hierarchy, a model that ranks strategies for dealing with waste according to how successfully they conserve resources.

Waste avoidance and reduction are the optimal environmental approach. To the extent that this cannot be achieved, the reuse, recycling and recovery of waste are preferred. Treatment and disposal are the least preferred practices for waste reduction.

To manage council’s environmental risks as well as support pollution prevention and waste avoidance in council’s operations and activities, the City of Marion has developed an Environmental Management System Information Sheet(155 kb) certified to ISO14001 standard.