|>||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 and IKEA 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 must 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 take them to your your local Household Chemical and Paints Depot.|
|>||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|
|>||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
|>||e.g. gear boxes,engine blocks and panels can be recycled through a car dismantler or scrap metal business. Click here to find local auto wreckers and recyclers. Click here to find local scrap metal recycling locations.|
CDs, DVDs, video or audio tapes
|>||Giveaway or sell them through |
There are no recycling options for them so the only disposal option is the waste to landfill bin.
Chain, Rope, String or Fishing Line
|>||Place in the general waste/waste to landfill bin|
Clothing and textiles
|>||Donate only good quality items to charity. |
Return them to store
Here is a list of retailers who are involved in the garment collection program in Adelaide:
The North Face
Sell or giveaway
Items can be sold or given away through Facebook marketplace or community buy, sell and swap pages.
Boomerang bags may also be able to use your clothing and textiles to create cloth bags.
Animal shelters will accept sheets, towels and blankets (not quilts or pillows).
Local Mechanics may accept your old towels, sheets and cotton based clothing for use as rags.
Clothing Recycling Services
If you live too far from any of these retailers, there are plenty of great recycling services around Adelaide to ensure that unwanted clothing items will be reused.
Here is a list of clothing recycling services operating around Adelaide:
Recycle Clothes is a convenient door-to-door recycling service based in the Adelaide CBD and Metro. Simply book a day online when you want your clothes to be picked up. You will be allocated a unique booking number and are asked to place it clearly on the bag you intend to recycle. Leave your clothes in the designated area around your house and they will be picked up as per your request!
Hackham Recyclers is located in the Southern suburbs of Adelaide, operating seven days a week. They encourage people to deliver any damaged or unwanted goods to their warehouse to be recycled or donated to Goodwill.
SRCgroup is Australia’s leading clothing recycling service offering governments, shopping centres, schools, private organisations, charities and retailers opportunities to recycle unwanted items. To use their services, simply drop off your clothes in their bins at these major shopping centres around the city:
Colonnades, Noarlunga Centre
Kurralta Central, Kurralta Park
Castle Plaza, Edwardstown
Elizabeth Shopping Centre, Elizabeth
Arndale Shopping Centre, Kilkenny
Hollywood Plaza, Salisbury Downs
Ingle Farm Shopping Centre, Ingle Farm
Clipboard Stationers and Art Supplies, Morphett Vale
ShredX: Clothing And Uniform Shredding Services
ShredX specialises in recycling and shredding branded clothes and uniforms in order to stop the spread of counterfeit production. They provide a secure destruction service which has a convenient pick up service to your home address or work location.
If these aren’t accessible options for you, then place old textiles in the general waste to landfill bin.
|>||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.|
|>||Giveaway online through Facebook shop, ‘buy, swap & sell’ groups, Gumtree or Freecycle.|
|>||Check with your local waste transfer station or waste depot whether they will accept them. Those that are licensed to accept scrap metal will generally accept used fire extinguishers. Many Councils operate waste transfer stations or waste depots and will be able to provide advice on where they are located in your local area.|
|>||Most extinguishers can be recharged or taken to most fire safety stores (eg; eFire and Safety on Grand Junction Rd, Mansfield Park) for correct disposal and recycling.|
|>||Yellow body BCF fire extinguishers are banned in SA and must be taken to your local Household Chemical and Paint drop off location. Click here to find your nearest location.|
|>||Fire stations will ONLY accept domestic BCF (yellow body) fire extinguishers and domestic foam (containing PFAS) fire extinguishers (red with a blue band). These extinguishers can be taken to MFS Logistics/Stores 84 Angas St Adelaide if you are in the metropolitan area. If you are in a regional area, please drop off at your local fire station. NOTE: The MFS will NOT accept any business or industrial fire extinguishers|
|>||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.|
|>||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|
|>||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.|
|>||These can be recycled through the Backlight program at Banner Mitre 10 or True Value hardware as well as at IKEA stores.|
|>||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 can have serious repercussions on our waterways and environment if it is thrown away or poured down a drain. There many places such as council facilities, transfer stations, waste management centres or landfill sites accept used oil . Click here to find your nearest location.|
|>||Can be taken to your your local Household Chemical and Paints Depot.|
|>||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.|
|>||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 your local Household Chemical and Paints Depot.|
|>||Polystyrene foam packaging, trays and cups – cannot be recycled in the yellow recycling bin!|
|Clean (ie no sticky tape, labels, dirt etc), white, rigid polystyrene packaging foam from electrical goods, furniture, homewares and toys can be recycled through the following options:|
1. Electronics Recycling Australia, 301 Grand Junction Road Ottoway (drop off weekdays 8am-4pm only)
2. NAWMA’s Resource Recovery Centre, ( drop off any day of the week), gate 3 Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.
3. Coolfoam, 25 Barfield Crescent, Edinburgh North (drop off weekdays 8am-3pm only)
4. Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre, 32 Scott Creek Road, Scott Creek. (drop off 7 days per week 9am-4pm). Closed Catastrophic Fire rated days, Good Friday and Boxing Day.
5. All Axis, 9 Maxwell Road Pooraka (drop off Monday – Friday 7am-5pm)
6. Return it to the store where you purchased the goods from eg. Harvey Norman, Good Guys, Bunnings etc and ask them to recycle the packaging. They are likely to have a compactor for the polystyrene at their premises and will then send this off for recycling as it is much cheaper to recycle it than pay for a landfill skip for it. It also encourages these retailers to put pressure back on their suppliers to choose more sustainable and easily recyclable packaging such as moulded cardboard instead.
If recycling isn’t an option for you, then please place it in the general waste to landfill bin. Note: To prevent polystyrene from becoming lodged and stuck inside the bin, blocking materials from being emptied, please ensure that the polystyrene is placed inside of a plastic bag and broken up into small pieces. Make sure the bag is tied at the top to prevent pieces from falling out and expel any air inside of the bag before sealing it.
|>||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. Recycle at Australia Post, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Officeworks, Office National and Office Products Depot stores. Click here to find your nearest drop off point.|
|>||Check with your local council, as some councils offer a printer cartridge drop off location.|
|>||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.|
|>||Scrap metal can be taken for recycling at many recycling centres. Click here to find a location.|
|>||Small quantities can be placed in the waste to landfill bin|
|>||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.|
Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
|>||These items can be recycled through Terracycles ‘Oral Care Recycling Program‘ :|
Toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush and toothpaste tube plastic packaging, floss containers. Click here then select ‘Oral Care’ for your nearest dropoff location.
|>||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.|
|>||Break them up and place into your Green Organics bin|
|>||Drop off at your local waste and recycling depot or Adelaide Pallet Recycling|
|>||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. E.g. Heathfield Transfer Station accepts X-rays free of charge|