Destination of collected waste

Material collected through our three bin kerbside service (waste, recycling, and green organics) are managed by two organisations that are jointly owned by Adelaide Hills Council and other local Councils.

  • East Waste – Collection of waste and recycling material from the three bin kerbside system. East Waste manages 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-lidded 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.

Learn more about what it means to toss items in your general waste bin with this informative video:


Kerbside mixed recycling (yellow-lidded bin) is collected by East Waste and transported to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority, located at Elizabeth Park SA, for processing.

East Waste has a great summary of how your co-mingled recycling gets sorted and recovered; scroll about halfway down their Recycling page for all the details.

Green Organics

Kerbside green organic material (green-lidded bin) is collected by East Waste then sent to, and processed locally, by Jefferies.  Jefferies is 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. 

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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