Hard Waste & E-waste

There are many ways to responsibly deal with your hard waste and electronic waste.

Dumping hard rubbish or electrical items on verges, in street gutters or on vacant land is illegal! A maximum penalty of up to $5,000 may be applied for an offence of this kind. Please report any illegal dumping to the Council on 08 8366 4555.


Hard waste and e-waste collection service

Important changes have been made to the way the Council provides hard waste collection services to provide a more convenient, responsive service to households. 

From July 2017, residents will be able to book two FREE hard waste collection services that can occur at any time during the year, replacing the annual kerbside collection that previously occurred each August/ September.

Households will be entitled to two free collection services each financial year of up to 2 cubic metres (2m long x 1m wide x 1m high) or the equivalent of a standard trailer load.

Bookings will be taken for the new service from 1 May 2017, for collection dates starting on 3 July 2017. Bookings are unable to be accepted prior to this date.

Information will be delivered to all households, published in the Messenger Press and updated on this website during May 2017, ready for commencement of the new booked hard waste collection service.

Under the new booked service each household is entitled to:

  • two free booked hard waste collections per household per financial year
  • up to two additional collections per financial year, charged at $50 per collection (or $25 for concession card holders).

Upon booking, each household will receive a confirmed collection date (collection will occur within four weeks of the booking date).

The size of a waste collection has not changed and remains at two cubic metres (equivalent to a 6x4 trailer load).

What can be collected

The types of waste permitted for collection is also unchanged. Electronic waste (e-waste) will continue to be collected as part of the hard waste collection system (to be stacked separately at the kerb) to be dismantled for recycling and reuse.

Not-for-profit organisations will have the same entitlements as households.

Items that will be collected:

Items that will not be collected:

Hard waste:

  • refrigerators and other white goods (fridge doors and hinges must be removed for safety reasons)
  • furniture, including sofas, bedding, blinds, carpet and underlay
  • hot water tanks and services, air conditioners
  • timber and iron sheets
  • lawn mowers (empty of petrol & oil).


  • TVs, VCR/DVD/CD players, stereos, computers, laptops, printers, faxes, irons, microwaves, cameras, copiers, hair dryers, toasters, phones, vacuum cleaners

For safety reasons, items will not be collected if they:

  • are in plastic bags
  • cannot be handled by two people
  • are greater than two metres in length
  • liquid waste, household or garden chemicals, car bodies, large scrap steel, concrete, asbestos, bricks, rocks, soil, sand, ammunition, explosives, paint, oil or building site materials
  • recyclables such as bottles, glass and cardboard (place in recycling bin for the Council’s fortnightly collection)
  • tree prunings and garden waste (place in organics bin for the Council's fortnightly collection)
  • fluorescent tubes and light globes (recycle for free at any Mitre 10, TrueValue or Banner Hardware store)
  • batteries (recycle at Battery World stores or Aldi Supermarkets)
  • tyres (recycle at tyre retailers)
  • gas bottles (recycle at Maxbilt Trading Centre, Norwood).

For more information, contact: Mary-Anne Siebert on 08 8366 4532


Reuse first!

Before recycling or disposing of an item, consider whether it can be reused by family, or friends, offered to a charity shop or an online reuse group.

Online reuse groups include:


Recycle your old TV or computer

The Zero Waste SA website has a list of permanent free drop-off sites for inactive, damaged or obsolete televisions, computers and their accessories.  Any resident or small business can use these drop off locations. You do not need to live within the council area to use this free service.

For an updated list of locations, including opening hours and contact details, visit: Zero Waste SA


Recycling other electronic waste

Any electronic item with a cord or a battery like toasters, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, video recorders, mobile phones and white goods can be recycled at Adelaide Waste & Recycling Centre. Please note, a cost may apply.

Adelaide Waste & Recycling Centre:
T: 08 8159 5050
E: solomari@solo.com.au
Location: 181 Morphett Rd, North Plympton, SA

For the full list of accepted items, visit: Adelaide Waste & Recycling Centre

Please note: Mobile phones can also be dropped off at the Council’s Customer Service Centre, 175 The Parade, Norwood or the Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixstow, for recycling.