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  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
    • Alkaline batteries, ie. those used in remote controls, torches etc have limited recycling options and small amounts can be placed in your waste bin.Some councils offer a battery recycling service at community centers and libraries so please check with your local council and ask if they offer this service. ALDI stores also offer a recycling service for AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non- rechargeable) are accepted through the program.
    • Lead Acid batteries, ie. Rechargeable mobile phone, car and motorbike batteries contain hazardous substances should not be placed in your bin. 98% of lead acid batteries can be reclaimed through the Century Yuasa nationwide battery recycling program. Automotive batteries can be recycled at auto part retailers or service stations. You can also drop off your lead acid batteries at the Hazardous Waste Depot at the corner of Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek. The depot is open from 9am-12pm on the first Tuesday of each month (including public holidays).
    • Nickel-cadmium (NiCd): used in rechargeable batteries, hazardous waste, must be recycled, these can be recycled through a number of locations listed on the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative page as well as at E-Cycle Recovery
    • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Lithium-ion: used in laptops, non-hazardous waste, can be recycled through a number of locations listed on the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative

  • Bricks, rocks, dirt, pavers, concrete and building materials
    • Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot
    • Salvage yards may take bricks, pavers and tiles if they think they can be resold.
    • Use exchange websites like Freecycle , Freally , Ziilch and Share N Save
  • Car parts
    • e.g.gear boxes,engine blocks and panels can be recycled through a car dismantler or scrap metal business.
  • CDs, DVDs, video or audio tapes
  • Chain, Rope, String or Fishing Line
  • Fertilisers
    • If disposed of or used incorrectly, fertilisers can cause harm to our environment as the phosphates and nitrates which they contain, can be toxic to our soil and waterways.
    • Unwanted fertiliser can be given to neighbours, friends or family members or to a local community garden.
    • For more information on fertilisers and other hazardous items check out the ‘Hazardous Waste’ fact sheet (Please note Zero Waste SA is now Green Industries SA. Contact details and other links on this page may no longer be current)
  • Fire extinguisher
    • Most extinguishers can be recharged or taken to most fire safety stores (eg; eFire and Safety on Grand Junction Rd or your local fire service stations for correct disposal and recycling.
    • Yellow BCF fire extinguishers are banned in SA and must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot Open 9:00am to 12:00pm the first Tuesday of every month (including public holidays). Cnr Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek SA.
    • If used for commercial/business safety purposes, fire extinguishers should be tested and tagged every 6-12 months by a qualified Fire Safety service provider.
  • Gas bottles
    • LPG BBQ gas bottles can be refilled through Swap ‘n’ Go exchange available at most service stations, contact Elgas at Para Hills West on 8368 4700 for location details
    • Go to RecyclingNearYou.com.au for drop off locations
    • Take to Household Hazardous Waste Depot Open 9:00am to 12:00pm the first Tuesday of every month (including public holidays). Cnr Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek SA.
    • Contact All Pressure Testing at Lonsdale on 8384 6737
    • Contact the EPA or your local council
  • Glasses (sight)
    • Recycle for Sight– Lions Clubs International, collect eye glasses through the ‘Recycle for Sight’ program. Donations are then given to people in developing countries
    • OneSight– drop off your reading glasses and sunglasses, broken or intact to any OPSM, Laubman and Pank or Budget Eyewear store. Your glasses are then distributed to charities helping developing communities.
  • Light Globes
    • These can be recycled through the Backlight program at Banner Hardware, Mitre 10 or True Value hardware stores. Click here for more information on what globes can be recycled and where to find your nearest store.
  • Mobile Phones
    • Handsets and batteries can be recycled through the Mobile Muster.
    • Some councils offer a mobile recycling service at community centres and libraries so please check with your local council and ask if they offer this service

  • Motor Oil
    • Motor oil can have serious repercussions on our waterways and environment if it is thrown away or poured down a drain.
    • There are now 85 places across South Australia that you can take your used oil to be recycled. Click here for more information.

  • Medication
    • Medication that is out of date or no longer used should be taken to your local pharmacy for correct disposal
  • Mattress and Sofas
    • The domestic hard waste collection service accepts mattresses and sofas for free.
    • Unwanted mattresses and sofas can be disposed at cost through your local waste and recycling centre/licensed transfer station.
  • Paint
    • If the paint is dry/hard it can be scraped out of the tin into the waste bin. The empty metal tin can then be placed in your recycling bin.
    • If you have wet paint to dispose of, you can bring up to 20 litres of paint to the Dry Creek Depot for disposal. Click here for more information

  • Polystyrene

  • Printer Cartridges
    • The plastic, metals and inks contained within printer cartridges can be recycled into new products.
    • Cartridges for Planet Ark’s a program with a variety of retail drop off points throughout South Australia. For information on your nearest drop off point please call 1800 242 473 or visit http://www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/

  • Plastic Bags
    • Please leave plastic bags and other soft plastics out of your recycling bin and green organics bin.
    • Plastic bags cannot be recycled through kerbside recycling or composted. They cause problems with the machinery at the materials recovery facility (MRF).
    • Place in the general waste/waste to landfill bin or recycle through REDCycle bins at supermarkets.

  • Smoke Alarms
    • Small quantities can be placed in the waste to landfill bin
  • Sharps/Syringes
    • The Needle Clean Up Hotline 1300 131 340 provides information on removing discarded needles and syringes from public places.
    • Some pharmacies will take used syringes.
    • Sharps disposal bins are installed in some council depot facilities.
  • Tyres
    • Each passenger tire contains approximately 1.5kg of steel, 0.5 kg of textiles and 7 kg of rubber. These are valuable resources which are wasted if they are not recycled and can cause health and environmental issues
    • Tyres can be recycled through Tyre Stewardship Australia. Some tyre service centres will recycle your tyres for free when you purchase new ones. For a list of participating retailers Click here
    • You can drop off old tyres to your local waste and recycling depot for a small fee.

  • Wooden Pallets
    • Break them up and place into your Green Organics bin,
    • Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot or Adelaide Pallet Recycling
  • X-Rays
    • Take to most Red Cross Centres or Siltech, 1 Deeds Road Camden Park SA
    • Some council depots/transfer stations will also take x-rays. Check with your local council.
      Eg: Heathfield Transfer Station accepts X-rays free of charge


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