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Waste Management

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

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is committed to providing a recycling and waste collection service that residents can rely on and be assured that, by recycling, they are helping to make a difference.

Council waste related services include:

Bin collection

Hard waste & e-waste

Kitchen organics

Street sweeping

For the full list of waste and recycling services, visit: Waste & Recycling

Where does your recycling go

The kerbside collection service in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is provided by East Waste

Once collected, your waste is taken to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority’s (NAWMA) resource recovery centre in Edinburgh.

Currently, NAWMA direct 80% of materials to Australian (including SA-based) organisations to be processed and recycled, and are committed to making this 100% by 2020.


Plastics are sorted into type, then baled and sent to Recycled Plastics Australia (Kilburn, SA) where they are washed, granulated and chipped. The plastic is then moulded into new plastic products including bollards, outdoor furniture and playground equipment.


After being cleaned and sorted, the material is sent to Norske Skog (Albury, NSW) to be made into newspapers.


NAWMA has recently received grant funding to improve their glass processing system, so that they can recycle more here in South Australia.


Metals are collected and separated (mostly by magnets), then baled and sent to the Sims Metal Management recycling facility (Gillman, SA) to be remanufactured into new metal products.

East Waste is confident on the processing strength of NAWMA and encourages residents to continue helping to make a difference by recycling.

What happens to recyclables (yellow lidded bin)Yellow bin graphic thumb

We encourage everyone to think about recycling when buying products. Whether you’re an individual or a business, look for products that are made out of recycled and recyclable materials (and then recycle them again!)

What happens to green organics (green lidded bin)

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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 (red lidded bin)

Red bin thumbResidual 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.

Landfilled 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.

For more information on which bin your waste should go in, visit: Waste & Recycling

Online waste & 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

In the spotlight

NPSP to focus on buying recycled productsLGA Procurement CEO's

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is one of nine councils that has committed to ‘Buying It Back’, a procurement pilot project led by the Local Government Association of South Australia.

Through the project, the nine participating councils have committed to focus their combined buying-power on purchasing products and materials with recycled content, with the aim of increasing the demand for recyclables in South Australia and creating a more circular procurement system.

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