Kerbside Collections

At Adelaide Hills Council, we aim to make the process of domestic waste collection as easy as possible for residents.  Our waste contractors, East Waste, collect domestic waste weekly and recycling and green waste on alternating fortnights.
Council supplies up to three bins for each property, including a blue-lidded domestic waste bin, a yellow-lidded recycling bin, and a green-lidded organics bin (for townships only). Bins should be put out on the kerb by 6am on the day of collection, with wheels facing the house and at least 50 centimeters between bins, and brought back in within 24 hours. Please do not overfill your bin or place items on top of or around your bin.

For more information on waste collection, or to find out when your waste will be collected, please phone our Service Centre on
8408 0400 or download the 2017/18 Kerbside Collection Calendar. Additional bins may also be requested on this number; they will incur an annual fee for the collection service.

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.

Blue-lidded bins
Your domestic waste bin is the 140 litre bin with the blue lid.  Your blue-lidded bin is collected weekly and is for domestic waste that cannot go in your other bins; this rubbish will be sent to landfill.

Okay to place in this bin​Not okay to place in this bin
  • ​Plastic bags and bin liners
  • Nappies
  • Foam cups and trays
  • Clothing, textiles and fabrics
  • Vacuum dust, sawdust, chicken feathers or animal hair (must be wrapped and sealed)
  • Hot ashes​
  • Potentially infectious or hazardous materials (such as syringes)
  • Timber and timber off cuts, or other building materials such as concrete, bricks or builders rubble
  • Automobile components, engines
  • Blood stained items
  • Hazardous waste 


Yellow-lidded bins
Your recycling bin is the 240 litre bin with the yellow lid. Your yellow-lidded bin is collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your green-lidded bin (if applicable) and is for recyclable waste only.

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  • ​Hard plastics and cartons
  • Long life cartons
  • Aerosol cans
  • Magazines, newspapers and books
  • Margarine tubs and lids
  • Glass bottles or jars, lids removed
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Aluminium and steel cans/tins
  • Sauce bottles
  • Plastic take away containers
  • Alfoil trays
  • ​Clothing, textiles and fabrics
  • Hazardous medical waste
  • Organic waste and food scraps
  • Foam cups and food trays
  • Plastic bags
  • Gardening tools and crockery
  • Nappies
  • Electrical appliances
  • Light globes


Green-lidded bins
Your green organics bin is the 240 litre bin with the green lid. Your green-lidded bin is collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your yellow-lidded bin and is for garden and food organics composting. This service reduces waste to landfill.
Around 10,000 properties in the Adelaide Hills Council region have received a green-lidded bin, however not all residencies fall within the collection area. Residents without kerbside organics bins can request two free annual garden organics passes by contacting Council on 8408 0400. You may also utilise Council's free garden organics drop off days.

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  • ​Food scraps
  • Small pruning and cuttings
  • Small branches that fit within the bin
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Pizza boxes (soiled with food)
  • Shredded paper
  • Animal droppings
  • ​Plastic bags
  • Household garbage
  • Painted or treated timber
  • Dirt, soil or sand
  • Plant pots
  • Stones, rocks, bricks or rubble
  • Large logs or stumps
  • Gardening tools

The green organics waste is taken to Jefferies, a commercial compost facility, where it is processed into mulch, compost and soil. It is then ready to use for horticulture, public parks and gardens and even for your own backyard.

Commercial businesses
Commercial businesses may access the organics for compost service if they are within the collection service area, however the service will only be supplied upon application. Businesses must pay an annual service fee and a one-off fee for bin supply. Commercial businesses are not entitled to additional green bins.

Eligibility for Green Organic Waste Collection
Our kerbside green organics collections service exists to minimise waste material from the Adelaide Hills in a way that is convenient and efficient for residents. Only residents within our designated collection area are entitled to receive a green-lidded organics bin. The designated collection area has been defined based on legislative requirements, property size, collection routes, township or urban locales, as well as ease of roll out, to ensure it contains a practicable service area.

Further information about the service can be obtained through the Kerbside Green Organics Service Policy. This document also contains helpful application forms in the appendices:

  • Appendix 1 - Request to be included within the kerbside green organics service (application form)
  • Appendix 2 - Request for a new or additional green organics service (application form)

Kitchen Caddies
Adelaide Hills Council, with part funding from Zero Waste, has introduced aerated kitchen caddies as another way of reducing household waste. Caddies are used in the kitchen to collect food scraps, which are then recycled through the green-lidded organics bin.
Residents who currently have a green-lidded bin may access a kitchen caddy and one roll of compostable bags to assist in diverting food waste from landfill. Collect your free starter kit from Council's service centres located at Norton Summit, Woodside, Gumeracha and Stirling. A limited number of bags and caddies are available.

Okay for the caddy​Not okay for the caddy
  • ​Fruit and vegetables
  • Egg and oyster shells
  • Food scraps
  • Tea and coffee grounds
  • Hair
  • Cheese and yoghurt
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • ​Plastic bags
  • Cling wrap
  • Nappies
  • Dish cloths and sponges
  • Cigarette butts
  • Liquids
  • Vacuum dust
  • Sharps