Kerbside Collections

Council supplies up to three bins for each property and an aerated  kitchen caddy.

Our contractors, East Waste, collect domestic waste weekly and recycling and green organic waste on alternating fortnights. Download the 2021-22 Kerbside Collection Calendar here (or the 2022-23 Kerbside Collection Calendar here)to see when your collections will take place, or download the My Local Services app to receive alerts specific to your location.

Tips for collection:

  • Put your bins roadside by 6:00am on the day of collection
  • Bin wheels should face your property
  • Ensure at least 50cm between bins and parked vehicles
  • Don't overfill your bins or place items on top or around your bin
  • Bring your bins back inside the property within 24 hours
  • If you live outside of a township and don't have a green-lidded kerbside bin, you can access two free green organics drop off vouchers per year (offered in addition to the district-wide Free Green Organics Drop Off Days). To arrange your free vouchers, please contact Council on 8408 0400.

Not sure where to place an item? Visit Which Bin SA or call the Recycle Right hotline on 1300 137 118 to help reduce waste to landfill. For items that cannot go into your kerbside bins, visit the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre for alternative disposal options.

Who should I contact?

Contact ​Adelaide Hills Council for these topics
(08) 8408 0400
​Contact East Waste for these topics
(08) 8347 5150
  • ​Green organic waste voucher requests (for properties without a green-lidded kerbside bin)
  • ​​Vacant land request for bins (for properties where building is nearing completion)
  • ​​Bin locations on verges
  • ​Green organic collection days
  • Kitchen caddies (available to all residents)
  • ​Missed waste bins
  • ​Damaged bins, lids, or wheels
  • ​Account/invoice enquiries for additional bins
  • ​Missing bin pins (if you prefer to replace your own pins, you can collect them from a council service centre)
  • ​Hard waste bookings and queries
  • ​Truck driver feedback
  • ​Damage caused by trucks


Blue-lidded kerbside bins
Your general 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 into your other bins; this waste will be sent to landfill.

Suitable to place in this bin​Not suitable 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
  • Hazardous waste, including electronic waste
  • Recyclable materials


Yellow-lidded kerbside 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 items only. TIP: Do not place your recyclable materials in a plastic bag or you will contaminate the recycling.

Suitable to place in this binNot suitable to place in this bin
  • ​Hard plastics and cartons
  • Long life cartons
  • Aerosol cans
  • Clean magazines, newspapers and books
  • Margarine tubs and lids
  • Glass bottles or jars, lids removed
  • Clean cardboard and paper
  • Aluminium and steel cans/tins
  • Sauce and shampoo bottles
  • Plastic take away containers
  • Clean 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 kerbside 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 green organics vouchers per financial year by contacting Council on 8408 0400. You may also utilise Council's free green organics drop off days.

Suitable to place in this bin​Not suitable to place in this bin
  • ​Food scraps, removed from any packaging
  • Small pruning and cuttings
  • Small branches that fit within the bin
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Pizza boxes (soiled with food)
  • Shredded paper (dampen paper if on top to prevent
    fly-aways during emptying)
  • Animal droppings in certified compostable bags
  • ​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 organic 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.

Kitchen Caddies
Adelaide Hills Council provides aerated kitchen caddies as another way of reducing household waste. Caddies are used to collect food scraps, which are then recycled through the green-lidded kerbside bin or home compost systems. 

Residents 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.

​Suitable for the caddies​Not suitable for the caddies
  • ​Fruit and vegetables
  • Egg and oyster shells
  • Food scraps
  • Tea and coffee grounds
  • Hair
  • Cheese and yoghurt, removed from packaging
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • ​Plastic bags
  • Cling wrap
  • Nappies
  • Dish cloths and sponges
  • Cigarette butts
  • Liquids
  • Vacuum dust
  • Sharps

Eligibility for green organic waste collection
Our kerbside green organics collections service exists to assist with minimising recyclable products from end up in landfill. Residents within our designated collection areas are entitled to receive a green-lidded kerbside bin. The designated collection areas have been defined based on legislative requirements, property size, collection routes, and township or urban locales.

Commercial businesses
Commercial businesses may access a green-lidded kerbside bin service if they are within the current collection service area, however the service will only be supplied upon application and where there is a demonstrated need for domestic disposal of organics. A green organics bin will not be supplied for commercial quantities of waste.

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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