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.
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.