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Landfill is the last resort for dealing with waste. Many waste items can be recycled and made into new products by the resource recovery industry.
Below is a list of tricky items we may need to dispose of and how they can be recycled or disposed of safely. It is best to check with these businesses directly about any fees which may apply.
Foil pie trays, cooking trays and alfoil sheets (food-free) can be collected into a fist-sized ball and placed in your recycling bin (yellow lid). Small empty pet food tins can also go into the recycling bin (a quick scrape out or rinse is helpful).
Household batteries include AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, button cell.
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 huge loss of valuable, non-renewable resources.
Where can they be dropped off?
Many local businesses will take batteries free of charge for recycling, including:
More information is available on the Aldi website (refer to link below).
Other locations which may take your batteries for recycling include:
Buying rechargeable batteries is an important way to reduce battery waste as most of the batteries in landfill have been used only once before their disposal. They can be used up to 1000 times, which saves money and reduces pollution from discarded 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.
Cling wrap, soft plastic wrappers, bags and packets cannot go in your recycling bin at home as they get caught in the recycling machines and cause breakdowns of the recycling machinery. However they can be recycled at many Coles supermarkets as part of the Redcycle program (refer to link below). This includes cling wrap, shopping bags, fruit and vegie bags, bread bags, rice and pasta packets, confectionery and biscuit packaging, newspaper sleeves and frozen food bags.
The alternative to recycling at Coles is putting them in the waste bin at home (red lid).
For good quality clothing and accessories, you can donate them to charity shops and you can find a listing of local shops on our Reducing waste page (refer to link below).
Oils are banned from landfill and cannot be put into any of your bins at home.
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 for decanting into a drum to:
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton SA 5037
Phone: 8295 5077
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 our Electronic waste page for disposal options and useful contacts(refer to link below).
Empty gas bottles can be taken to any 'Swap and Go' location and replaced at cost with a full gas bottle correctly filled and serviced by technicians (refer to link below for locations).
Empty gas bottles (fees may apply), can be taken to:
Some tricky waste is hazardous, such as pool and garden chemicals, heavy metals and cleaning fluids. For more information go to our Hazardous waste page (refer to link below).
For information about asbestos, visit our Asbestos page (refer to link below).
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:
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.
Council offers a free collection service through the hard rubbish collection service. Visit our Hard rubbish collections page to find out more about this service and book a collection (refer to link below).
Any unwanted medicines should be taken to a pharmacy for safe disposal. All chemists accept old medication and pills. Unwanted medicines should never be put in the waste bin (red lid) or down the drain.
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:
Find out more about mobile phone recycling on the Mobile Muster website (refer to link below).
Households, small businesses and hobby groups can recycle small quantities of oil at any of the following locations free of charge:
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 (red lid). 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.
Liquid paint can be recycled for free through the Paintback program. The nearest location is:
16 Cottage Lane, Hackham 5163
Phone: 8384 8667
Find out more on the Paintback website (refer to link below).
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 Safe Sharps website (refer to link below).
Up to two domestic smoke alarms can be disposed to your waste bin (red lid) 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:
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 Op shops. There are Red Cross Op shops in Blackwood, Kidman Park, Hampstead Gardens and St Marys (refer to link below for more details).
Alternatively, x-rays can be posted or taken directly to the recycler:
Quantum Technical Services
Unit 1, 52 Wondonga Street, Beverley SA 5009
Phone: 8445 8097
City of Marion
Education Officer Waste and Recycling