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Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

The Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre (HRRC) is a multi-stream recycling facility where residents can recycle or dispose of waste.

Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

The Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre (HRRC) is a multi-stream recycling facility where residents can recycle or dispose of waste.

The facility handles items as varied as general waste, paper and cardboard, plastics, green garden organics, metals, whitegoods, oils, tyres, x-rays, mobile phones, gas cylinders, chemicals, paint, mattresses and polystyrene. They also offer mulch for sale.

Items eligible for free disposal

The following items accepted free of charge (must be separated from other items)

  • Household chemicals (including cleaning products)
  • Paint and paint cans via PaintBack
  • Clean, dry, white polystyrene
  • Plastic bottles and aluminium cans
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Scrap metal
  • Motor oil (domestic quantities only)
  • Batteries and light globes, including fluorescent tubes (maximum 13 items)
  • Domestic electronic waste including TVs, computers, printers, DVD players, and computer accessories (maximum 13 items)
  • X-ray films
  • Mobile phones
  • DrumMuster
  • Gas bottles and fire extinguishers

Council also holds a number of Green Organics Drop Off Days, when residents can drop off their household green waste free of charge at HRRC and pop up locations in Woodside and Gumeracha.

Items that incur a fee for disposal

The following items will be accepted with a charge applicable. Payment by card is preferred where possible.

  • Mattresses
  • Couches
  • Tyres, both on and off the rim
  • Non-friable asbestos (wrapped in plastic in accordance with disposal guidelines)
  • Domestic waste
  • Hard waste
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Green organics, unless dropped off on a designated free day

Items that aren't accepted

The following items aren't accepted at the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre but can be recycled in other ways.

  • Soft, scrunchable plastics
  • Truck loads of organics, recycling and general waste.

Recycling polystyrene

Thanks to a Recycling Infrastructure Grant from Green Industries SA, we are now able to offer free polystyrene recycling at the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre.

  • Remove all stickers and tape
  • Keep it in one piece
  • Choose white, clean, and dry materials

The polystyrene will be put through a Poly Baler machine, which heats and melts the expanded foam, allowing it to be formed into a solid brick. Bricks are recycled and repurposed into new products.

  • ​Clean, white and dry packaging
  • Packaging from appliances
  • Clean, white fruit and vegetable boxes
  • ​Wet or dirty materials
  • Coloured polystyrene
  • Food packaging like meat trays
  • Tape or strapping
  • Bean bag beans
  • Foam peanut-shaped packaging
  • Plastic or foam wrapping
  • Labels or stickers

DrumMuster and ChemClear programs

DrumMuster — Chemical container disposal
Agricultural containers can be disposed of via the DrumMuster program. Adelaide Hills Council provides a DrumMuster drop off location at the HRRC. Bookings must be made prior to disposal by calling 8339 4323. Details of how drums are to be presented and the disposal options can be found at DrumMuster.

ChemClear — Chemical disposal for agricultural and veterinary chemicals
Agricultural and veterinary chemicals can be disposed of via the ChemClear program.

Paint and paint packaging

Council is proud to work with Paintback, the national paint collection scheme receives unwanted paint (both water and oil based) and paint packaging at over 165 Australian collection sites, including our own Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre and ensures it is disposed of safely or repurposed for other industrial uses.

This significantly reduces landfill and ensures the waste paint doesn’t end up in our waterways.

Contact or visit Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre

Alternative waste stations


Henry Street, Woodside

Phone 8389 7431


Nixon Road, Hahndorf

Phone 8388 1099


Virginia Road, Newton

Phone 8365 0025


Callington Road, Strathalbyn

*Commercial Truck Loads only

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