Waste and Recycling

Kerbside waste collection
Free green organic waste drop off days
Green organic disposal vouchers
Household chemical and paint drop off centre
Electronic waste
Hard waste collection service
Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

Adelaide Hills Council collect domestic waste on weekly and fortnightly cycles. Contact East Waste on (08) 8347 5150 for information on collection days.
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 the Which Bin website.
Click here to download a 2020/21 Kerbside Collection Calendar or for further information on kerbside collection bins.

For more information and application forms please see the Kerbside Collections page.

To assist with fire prevention in the district, Adelaide Hills Council organises a number of free green organic drop off days throughout the year.

There are no more free green organic drop off days planned for this financial year. Residents can continue to take their organics to the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre, for a fee, 7 days a week

Service will be cancelled if a Catastrophic or Extreme Fire Danger Day is declared by the CFS.

Acceptable items: 
Clean residential green organics including grass clippings, prunings, leaves, small branches (up to 100mm diameter), and burned vegetation up to 100mm in diameter. Loads are limited to a 7x5 trailer per visit (no limit to visits made).

Unacceptable items:
Commercial or truck loads of materials, waste or hard rubbish, or proclaimed weeds including Rose, Poplar, Blackberry, Gorse, Olive, Bridal creeper, Kikuyu, Couch, and Bamboo. These can be disposed of at the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre for a fee.

Click here for a comprehensive list of organics that are not accepted. If you have access to a kerbside green organics bin the items listed in the document can be placed in there. Green bin waste is composted whereas material collected during drop off days is handled differently. Alternately the listed organics can be disposed of at the Heathfield Transfer Station as general waste for a fee.

Drop off locations:

Council Depot
5 John Fisher Avenue
Council Depot
10 Tiers Road
Resource Recovery Centre
32 Scott Creek Road

Residents living outside townships and who do not have a kerbside green organics service can access two free green waste drop off vouchers per year (offered in addition to free green waste drop off days). To arrange your free vouchers please contact Council on (08) 8408 0400.

Householders now have more convenient options to dispose of unwanted chemicals and paints for free, including a new location at Heathfield Resource and Recovery Centre funded by Green Industries SA. The former depot at Dry Creek is now closed.

Click here to download a flyer outlining all Green Industries SA drop off locations and acceptable materials.
There is also a service in Totness available to the community: Windmill Hill Transfer Station. Windmill Hill is operated by Mount Barker District Council.

Bookings can now be made for agricultural and veterinary ChemClear collections in April/May 2021. Click here for more information about this service.

Acceptable items for free disposal:

​Acids and alkalis
​Cleaning products
​Liquid paints (up to 100 litres)
​Brake fluid and coolants
​Flammable liquids
​Solvents (including paint thinners and turpentine)
​Engine oil and other oil
​Gardening chemicals (including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides)
​Varnishes and stains
​Batteries (NiCad, lithium, mercury)
​Pool chemicals
​LPG bottles
​Light globes

E-waste can be taken to the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre and disposed of free-of-charge, seven days a week. Other sites that accept e-waste disposal can be located here https://www.eastwaste.com.au/waste-recycling/electronic-recycling/.

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, visit whichbin.sa.gov.au.

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.

Click here to read more about what the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre can accept and at what fees.

Click here for information about wastewater disposal.

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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