Waste & recycling

The City of Onkaparinga offers several options for recycling and waste disposal; including kerbside collections, green organics alternatives, hard rubbish and mattress collections and a range of other services to support our community.

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Recyclables processing update

The City of Onkaparinga has entered into an agreement with resource recovery company Visy to process the region’s recyclables.

Elected members voted to switch recycling processing companies at a special meeting of Council on 12 March 2019.

The move follows the disruption of services to the Council when  a number of SKM Recycling sites in South Australia and Victoria were subject to EPA orders. The Council previously had a contract with SKM from April 2014.

Solo Resource Recovery will continue to collect recycling for the council and the materials will be processed by Visy.

Under the new contract:

  • plastic toys will no longer be accepted through the kerbside recycling collection
  • plastic lids now need to be removed and placed in an empty plastic milk/juice bottle
  • plastic kitchen storage containers, along with crates, buckets, laundry baskets and pot-plant pots, can still be recycled providing they are a hard plastic and clean. Metal pots and pans can still be recycled

Placing incorrect items in the recycling bin can cause problems during the sorting process and may result in the contents being sent to landfill rather than being recycled, which also increases disposal costs.

Beyond the Bin

The average Australian throws away 1.5 tonnes of waste per year and most of it goes in our kerbside bins. So when you wheel your bins out to the kerb, do you ever think about what happens to its contents?

There is no ‘away’ when we throw stuff away, so where does it go? What happens to it? Where does it end up?

Watch our Beyond the Bin clip to find out.

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