Waste Management

Waste management is a key sustainability issue for the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Important recycling update!

With the introduction of China’s National Sword program, many of our residents are wondering whether it is still worth recycling. The answer is yes!

Residents are encouraged to continue to place recyclable material into their recycling bin (yellow lid) and it will be collected by East Waste and recycled.

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What happens to our recyclablesYellow bin graphic thumb

Prior to the introduction of China’s National Sword (China Sword) program in 2017, recyclables were taken to a material recovery facility in Victoria for processing. Once processed, the material was sold to various companies within Australia and overseas, for recycling and reuse.

Since the introduction of the China Sword, many recycling contractors are struggling to find viable markets. As a result, many Councils are having to stockpile recyclable material until a viable market is established.

Despite the current situation, there is still a financial incentive for the Council to ensure that recoverable materials are not sent to landfill, where it costs substantially more per tonne to dispose. Of course, the environmental benefits of recycling also remain valid


What happens to our green organics

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Green organics are taken to Jeffries Compost in Wingfield where it is turned into soil and compost. This is a good example of a successful, local, circular economy.

The cost for the Council to dispose of green waste at Jeffries is approximately 75% cheaper than the cost of disposing of waste to landfill. Accordingly, there is a strong financial incentive for the Council to continue to encourage the diversion of green waste away from landfill.


What happens to our residual waste

Residual waste is taken to Cleanaway’s transfer station in Wingfield. It is then compacted and transported to Cleanaway’s Inkerman landfill, located 85 km from Adelaide, where it is deposited into sealed cells with the landfill.

Red bin thumbLandfilled material is compacted to maximise space and is covered with soil on a regular basis to minimise litter and pest issues. Leachate captured in the cell drainage system is pumped into evaporation ponds. Methane is extracted from the cells and is used to power the self-sufficient extraction system.

Inkerman landfill was awarded the Landfill Excellence Award at the 2015 Waste Management Association of Australia Awards.


Waste, recycling & organics collection 

The Council provides a range of waste related services for its citizens. These services include:

  • kerbside household waste collection
  • hard rubbish, e-waste and hazardous waste collection events
  • street sweeping
  • kitchen organics service.


To find out more, visit: Waste & Recycling

Online Recycling Guide  

The Council has developed an easy to use online Recycling Guide to help you correctly dispose of a range of common household waste and recyclable items.

Browse or search the Recycling Guide and click on the name of an item to get the correct disposal information.

From televisions, washing machines and smoke alarms to shampoo containers, toothpaste tubes and vacuum cleaner dust, the Recycling Guide lists many items that can easily be diverted from landfill.

Visit: Waste & Recycling Guide