Other Waste

Waste is no longer seen as items that just go in the rubbish to landfill. There are many options for reusing or recycling items we no longer want or need such as oil, batteries, electronics and tyres.

Here is a list of tricky wastes that we need to dispose of from time to time. This list is subject to change without notice.

Council offers a hard rubbish collection service to all residents for large household items that cannot be disposed of in the domestic kerbside bins. This includes mattresses and some e-waste.

Please note: the following contacts are only a few examples. A search in the yellow pages or online is recommended. Disposal of some items will incur a fee.

What are you looking for?

If you have further questions, please contact our Waste and Recycling Education Officer on 8375 6600 or email waste@marion.sa.gov.au

Household batteries

Why recycle them?

Around 8,000 tonnes of batteries are disposed to landfills in Australia each year, making them the most common form of hazardous household waste. This also represents a significant loss of valuable, non-renewable resources.

Where can they be dropped off?

You can take domestic quantities of spent household batteries to:

Independent Battery Distributors (IBD)
Marion Industrial Park
Unit 5, 937 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
Phone 8296 6311

IBD will accept all types of household batteries (non-rechargeable and rechargeable) such as AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 12V and button cell. They will also take vehicle batteries.

Aldi stores 
All Aldi stores accept household batteries for recycling. The nearest two locations in City of Marion are:

Westfield Marion
Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, SA 5046

Hallett Cove Shopping Centre
246 Lonsdale Road, Hallett Cove SA 5158

Whilst any brand of battery can be brought to Aldi, only AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted through the program. Aldi does not accept button cell or other batteries. More information is available on the Aldi website.

Other locations which may take your batteries for recycling include Ikea (phone: 8154 4532) and Aspitech (phone: 8374 2276). It is best to check with businesses directly about what they will accept for recycling.

You can also take small quantities (up to 1kg) of non-alkaline household batteries for recycling to:

Battery World Marion
173 Sturt Road, Seacombe Gardens SA 5047
Phone: 8296 6900

Further information

Most of the batteries in landfill have been used only once before their disposal. Buying rechargeable batteries is an important way to reduce battery waste. They can be used up to 1000 times, which saves money and reduces pollution from discarded batteries.


Car and truck batteries

Car and truck batteries contain valuable recyclable substances, such as lead. Various collection points are listed below but you may find more in your yellow pages or through an internet search.

IBD will accept residential quantities of any type of battery, including car and truck batteries, free of charge.

Independent Battery Distributors (IBD)
Marion Industrial Park
Unit 5, 937 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
Phone 8296 6311

Daws Road Bottle Co 
76 Daws Road, Edwardstown SA 5039
Phone 8277 5588

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre  
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone 8295 5077

Southern Region Waste Disposal Depot 
Wheaton Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171
Phone 8386 0273

Battery World Marion 
173 Sturt Road, Seacombe Gardens SA 5047
Phone 8296 6900
(Fees apply for disposal of commercial quantities)


Cling wrap and plastic bags

Put cling wrap, plastic bags and all other scrunchable plastic packets and wrappers in your red-lidded waste bin.

Do not put them in your yellow-lidded recycling bin as these items get caught in the machines at recycling facilities and cause problems for the conveyor belts, which means they have to be removed manually from the mixed recycling materials.  

Find out about recycling plastic bags, wrappers and packets at local supermarkets on our Three bin system page.



For good quality clothing, you can donate them to charity shops and you can find a listing of local shops on our Reducing Waste page.


Cooking oil

Liquids can not be put in your red-lidded waste bin as disposing of oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible.

Domestic quantities of oil from households, small businesses and community groups can be recycled free of charge. Bring your used cooking oil in a container which pours easily to:

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone 8295 5077

Seaford Meadows Field Operation Centre
City of Onkaparinga
Lot 10, Railway Road, Seaford Meadows SA 5169



Electronic (e-waste) is anything that needed a plug or a battery to work. These include everything from computers, TVs, printers and DVD players, to hairdryers and electric mixers.

Visit the Electronic Waste page for disposal options and useful contacts.


Fluorescent globes and energy saving globes

You can drop off old fluorescent light globes at the checkout counter of any Mitre 10, Banner or True value hardware store. This is a free service and excludes commercial globes/quantities.

The City of Marion also provides a drop-off service for household fluorescent globes and energy saving bulbs for recycling.

This ensures that globes will be recycled instead of going to landfill and prevents mercury contained in some globes from harming the environment.

Residents can take globes to:

City Services
935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
From Monday to Friday 8.00am - 3.00pm.
Residents can bring up to six domestic globes at any one visit for recycling.

Visit the Green Industries SA website for further information about recycling light globes and commercial fee-for-service options.


Gas bottles

To dispose of empty gas bottles (fees may apply), you can take them to:

Daws Road Recycling Centre
76 Daws Road, Edwardstown SA 5039
Phone 8277 5588

Adelaide Waste and Recycling
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone 8295 5077


Hazardous waste

Some tricky waste is hazardous, such as pool and garden chemicals, heavy metals and cleaning fluids. For more information go to the Hazardous Waste page.

For information about asbestos, visit our Asbestos page.


Mattresses and couches

Council offers a free collection service through your hard rubbish collection program. Call Council on 8375 6600 or visit our hard rubbish collections page to find out more about this service and book a collection.



All chemists will take unused or unwanted medication and pills. Have a look at the Return Unwanted Medicines website for further details. Please do not put unwanted medicines in your red-lidded waste bin or down the drain.


Mobile phones

With Australians buying over 7 million new mobile phones a year, chances are you have one of the estimated 14-16 million obsolete phones lying in a cupboard or drawer.

These are easily disposed free of charge through programs such as Mobile Muster, an Australia-wide mobile phone recycling program.

Recycling mobile phones is easy. Simply take your phone into any mobile phone shop or Post Office and ask for it to be recycled.

Alternatively you can recycle it through council by placing it in the Mobile Muster tube in the foyer of:

City of Marion 
245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Cove Civic Centre
1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove SA 5158

Park Holme Library
1 Duncan Avenue, Park Holme SA 5043

Find out more great facts on the Mobile Muster website.


Motor oil

Disposing of used oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute land, water and infrastructure, so we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible.

Households, small businesses and hobby groups can recycle small quantities of oil at any of the following locations free of charge:

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre 
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone 8295 5077

Waste Care SA 
Wingfield Waste Recovery Centre, Far North End Hanson Road Extension, Wingfield SA 5013
Phone 8363 9100

Most garages will also accept oil.



Paint is only hazardous when it is wet. Dry paint is perfectly safe to dispose of in your waste bin. You can dry and harden paint by leaving the lid off or purchase a paint hardener from a hardware store and then tap the dry paint tablet into the waste bin. 

If it’s only got a little paint left, pour it over kitty litter or newspaper, let it dry, and then put it in your red lidded general rubbish bin. The dry and empty paint tin can go in the recycling bin.

Alternatively liquid paint can be recycled for free through the Paintback program. The nearest location is:

Hackham Recyclers
16 Cottage Lane, Hackham 5163
Phone 8384 8667

Find out more about Paintback on the Paintback website.


Printer cartridges

You can drop off your used printer cartridges at all Officeworks and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, and JB Hi-fi outlets.



Find a disposal point near you on the Safesharps website.


Smoke alarms

Up to two domestic smoke alarms can be disposed to your red-lidded waste bin per week. Businesses will need to contact the EPA Radiation Protection Branch on 8204 2004.



Many garages and businesses will take in old tyres for a small fee. For disposal of old car tyres you can contact:

Southern Tyre Disposals
Christie Road, Lonsdale SA 5160
Phone: 8326 8555



X-rays can be taken to any Red Cross Centres or thrift shops. There are Red Cross stores in Blackwood, Kidman Park, Hampstead Gardens and St Marys. Alternatively they can be posted or taken directly to the recycler:

Quantum Technical Services
Unit 1, 52 Wondonga Street, Beverley SA 5009


Contact details

For further information, feel free to call the City of Marion on 8375 6600 or email waste@marion.sa.gov.au.