Waste and Recycling


Waste and recycling resources generated from Adelaide Hills Council's three bin kerbside service (waste, recycling, green organics) are managed by two organisations that are jointly owned by Adelaide Hills Council along with other Councils.  These organisations are:

  • East Waste – Collection of waste and recycling material from the three bin kerbside system.  East Waste manage processing of collected green organics and recycling material on Council's behalf. 
  • Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority – Waste disposal

Being a part owner of these organisations provides Adelaide Hills Council with a high level of input and assurance that waste and recycling management is undertaken to a high standard and compliant with all relevant laws.


Kerbside waste (blue lid bin) is collected by East Waste and taken to a fully engineered landfill, located regionally.

The regional landfill is operated by the Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority on behalf of its four Member Councils (Adelaide Hills Council, Alexandrina Council, Mount Barker District Council and the Rural City of Murray Bridge).

The regional landfill is licensed and regulated by the Environment Protection Authority.


Kerbside collected recycling material (yellow lid bin) is collected by East Waste and provided to a recycling contractor in Melbourne for recycling and processing.

The recycling contract in place with the contractor has strict parameters around recycling targets and materials to be recovered.

Under the contract all glass is recycled. In addition to the contract parameters in place, Council receives a rebate for recycled material, reinforcing recyclables as a commodity rather than a material to be disposed of to landfill.  Stockpiling is a standard management practice for recyclers, as with many resource commodities.

Green Organics

Kerbside green organic material (green lid bin) is collected by East Waste and sent to, and processed, locally by Jefferies.  Jefferies are a fourth-generation wholly South Australian company.  

Jefferies mix the kerbside collected material with organic material derived from other sources (e.g. hospitality and manufacturers) to create and supply compost, soil and mulch products to resellers across metropolitan Adelaide. 


Our A-Z guide provides handy tips to reduce your contribution to landfill. The guide will indicate which of your kerbside collection bins you can use to dispose household waste or provide alternative solutions that are environmentally friendly. Click here to download an A-Z Guide to Waste Reduction. You can use the search function to find items within the document. If there is something missing please let us know on (08) 8408 0400 or mail@ahc.sa.gov.au

Adelaide Hills Council collect domestic waste on weekly and fortnightly cycles. For waste that cannot go in general waste and landfill, there are a number of recycling and waste transfer stations. For more information on which bin a specific waste item should go in, visit Zero Waste or call the Recycle Right hotline on 1300 137 118. Contact East Waste on (08)8347 5150 for information on collection days. Download the My Local Services App for reminders about your kerbside waste collection and more. 

Click here to download a 2017/18 Kerbside Collection Calendar or for further information on kerbside collection bins.

Additional Kerbside Bins
Where a service already exists, additional domestic waste bins can be requested by contacting us. Bins are provided for an annual fee that covers the cost of collection and disposal of the waste. The bins remain the property of the Adelaide Hills Council.

To assist with fire prevention in the Adelaide Hills Council free green organic drop off days will be available to residents prior to the bushfire season.

Dates are not yet confirmed, however once they are information will be provided via roadside signs, Council's website, Adelaide Hills Library TV screens, local newspapers, and at all Council Service Centres.

Residents living outside of townships can access two free green waste drop off vouchers per annum (a service offered in addition to free green waste drop off days). To arrange your free passes please contact us (08) 8408 0400. 

One 'at call' hard waste collection is offered to each residence per financial year. This free service is provided by East Waste on behalf of Adelaide Hills Council. Bookings are essential and conditions apply. Click here for further details and to make your booking through East Waste. For a comprehensive list of options to recycle or dispose of items not accepted through hard waste collection, download our A-Z Guide to Waste Reduction (see top of page).

Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre is operated by the Adelaide Hills Region Waste Management Authority on behalf of Council. This facility provides recycling and waste resource recovery services where customers can recycle or dispose of their waste predominantly from cars and trailers. The resource recovery centre is a multi-stream recycling facility that handles items such as general waste, paper and cardboard, plastics, green garden organics, construction and demolition materials, metals, whitegoods, oils, tyres, e-waste, gas cylinders, chemical containers and mattresses. Recycled products are also offered for sale including mulch and soil. Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre is open seven days a week for waste disposal.

The EPA has developed a litter reporting app and website to give power to the people who see someone committing a littering offence. Tap into the 'Dob in a Litterer' website (or via the free app) to report cases of littering from vehicles.

Click here for information about wastewater disposal.