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How to use the three household bins provided by the City of Unley.

The City of Unley provides a domestic three bins (waste, recycling & green organics) collection service.

Download the Waste Collection Guide and Calendar:

Waste and Recycling Guide(244 kb)

Waste and Recycling Calendar 2013

Each bin has a different colour lid to identify what can be placed inside.

 
 Collected FORTNIGHTLY

The City of Unley provides all residents with a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled recycling. Using the recycling bin correctly ensures that recyclable materials are collected, separated and sent of for remanufacturing into new products. Recycling helps preserve our valuable natural resources and also requires less energy than making items from raw or virgin materials.

For your convenience, recyclable items can be placed in the bin loosely, and do not have to be bundled separately.

 

Glass bottles and ars
 

Aluminium and steel

  • Aerosal cans
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminium cans 

 Hard plastics, cartons

  • Plastic bottles (milk, juice, soft drink bottles)
  • Butter and margarine containers
  • Yoghurt and ice cream containers
  • Takeaway containers and plastic meat trays (not foam)
   

 Paper and cardboard

  • Newspapers
  • Writing paper and envelopes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Glossy magazines and brochures

  Broken crockery or cutlery
  Car or truck batteries
  Ceramics
  Clothing and textiles
  Foam trays and any other polystyrene materials
  Windscreen, window glass, mirrors

For information on how what to do with these materials, visit the Zero Waste SA Recycle Right website: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-right

  • Broken glass, nappies, dirty pot plant containers can present occupational health and safety issues.
  • Ceramics, window glass and mirrors have a different melting point to ordinary glass.
  • Some items are made from a variety of materials that are difficult to separate (chocolate and chip packets have a plastic outer and an aluminium inner)
  • Videotapes, strapping, string and rope can get caught in machinery, causing it to break down

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 Collected FORTNIGHTLY

The City of Unley is always looking for ways to divert waste from landfill. Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill not only achieves important environmental benefits but also reduces the Landfill Levy that the Council has to pay - this in turn affects the Rates you pay to Council.

If every Unley household composted organic matter that currently goes to landfill, it would:

  • Prevent almost 3,000 tonnes of material going to landfill;
  • Save almost $100,000 in waste management costs and transport costs; and
  • Reduces the impact of the Carbon Price

Food waste and other organic material makes up around half of what is placed in the blue waste bins (landfill). By putting food waste into your green organics bin (along with garden waste) it will be collected and commercially processed into nutrient-rich compost, which is sold to farmers and gardeners to put back into the soil.

 

Lawn Clippings
Garden prunings
Twigs/Leaves
Small Branches


Food scraps, including:

- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Cooked and processed foods
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
- Cake and bread scraps
- Dairy products (cheese, yoghurt)
- Egg and oyster shells
- Meat and bones

  Paper towel and tissues
  Hair
  Pet Waste (no kitty litter, except recycled paper pellets)

  Building material (rocks, soil, stones, bricks)
  Garden soil
  Plastic bags
  Large tree stumps or large branches with a diameter larger than 15cm or longer than 60cm

To assist residents in placing food scraps in the green bin, the City of Unley is encouraging residents to purchase the new kitchen caddy system for $10 (available from the Unley Civic Centre). You will receive a kitchen caddy and a 12 month supply of compostable bags, made from corn starch. Additional bags can be purchased for $2 (3-6 month supply) or $4 (12 month supply. Just line your kitchen caddy with a compostable bag and fill it with all of your food scraps. When the bag is full, tie it off and place in the green bin.

For more information on the green organics bin and recycling food waste, please contact the Council on 8372 5111 or visit the Zero Waste SA Recycle Right website: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-right.

 

 

 

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 Collected Weekly

Materials that go into this bin are items that cannot be placed in the yellow-lidded bin for recycling, or the green-lidded bin for composting. All materials that go into the blue bin will be sent to landfill.

 

Foam cups/Food trays
 

Nappies (inc. Biodegradable)

Plastic bags/Wrap/Bin Liners

  • Chip, lolly and chocolate wrappers
  • All soft plastics

 

   

 Clothing/Fabrics

Also

  • Broken crockery, glass and ceramics
  • String, rope, plastic strapping and netting

  Asbestos (fibro)
  Bricks
  Hot ashes
  Medicines
  Oil
  Paint
  Rocks
  Soil
  Solvents
  Stones
  Syringes
  Toxic liquids
  Unwrapped vaccum dust

For information on how what to do with these materials, visit the Zero Waste SA Recycle Right website: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-right

 

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 FAQs

1. What day is my garbage, green organics or recycling collected?

 

Every household and business is provided with a calendar and map which provides information about the collections and indicates the days and weeks for your street. If you don't have one, please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 or download the Waste and Recycling Calendar 2013.

 

2. Where should I place my bins?

  • Ensure that your bins are out by 6.00 am on collection day
  • Bins should be placed at the roadside or next to your driveway, as close to the road as possible (within one metre)
  • Always ensure your bins are placed in a clear unobstructed area and at least one metre clear of parked cars, trees, poles, street signs, hydrants and overhanging branches
  • Always face the wheels of the bins toward your property
  • Bins should be spaced about 40cm apart to enable the collection vehicle's lifting mechanism to grab the bin without knocking over adjacent bins. See correct and incorrect placement here.

3. What if I don't have one of these bins?

Contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to discuss bin entitlements.If you wish to report your bin as stolen, where no suspects or witnesses are available, please report via SA Police Lost Property Report here. Once reported, please forward the Lost Property Report Number to Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 or to east@eastwaste.com.

4. My bin(s) wasn't emptied this week?

If the bin does not have a sticker placed on it by the operator explaining why it was not emptied (e.g. bin too heavy, over-full, inaccessible, unauthorised container, etc) or the bin was placed out ready for collection by 6.00 am on the collection day and your neighbours' bins have been emptied, please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180.In the event that the bin is too heavy, it will be necessary to remove some of the contents and then contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to arrange collection. The contents removed will be collected in the bin on the next scheduled collection.

5. My bin needs to be repaired - how do I do that?

Please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to arrange repairs.

6. My bin has been stolen. How do I get it replaced?

If it is a minor matter where no suspects or witnesses are available please report via SA Police Lost Property Report here. Once reported, please forward the Lost Property Report Number to Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 or to east@eastwaste.com to arrange replacement.

7. What if I need more space for garbage?

Make sure you are recycling as much as you can and keep green organics out of the blue bin. Click here to see how to recycle more items. If you still have excess rubbish after visiting this site, households may need to consider having an additional blue waste bin which will be emptied upon payment of an annual service fee. Please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to arrange payment and delivery of an additional bin. Businesses are not eligible for additional bins.

8. I need more space for recyclables.

You may need to consider having an additional yellow-lidded bin. It will be emptied each fortnight upon payment of an annual service fee (which is cheaper than the additional garbage bin fee). Please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to arrange payment and delivery of an additional bin. Businesses are not eligible for additional bins.

9. I need more space for green organics!

You may need to consider having an additional grey bin. It will be emptied each fortnight upon payment of an annual service fee (which is cheaper than the additional garbage bin fee). Please contact Collection Enquiries on 8347 5180 to arrange payment and delivery of an additional bin. Businesses are not eligible for additional bins.

10. I have had a clean up at home. Does Council offer a service to get rid of the hard refuse I have collected?

Council offers residents a hard waste collection service for larger items which will not be collected in your Kerbside Bins. Each household is entitled to 1 free collection per year and it is restricted to approximately 2 cubic metres (i.e. one 6' x 4' trailer load). For more information on what items can be collected please click here. To book a pick up, please call Customer Service on 8372 5111.

11. I've heard that recyclables with lids left on are dumped - is this true?

No! - recyclables with lids left on are not dumped - however, someone has to remove the lid and, if that has to be done at the recycling depot, the process slows considerably.We can all assist by ensuring lids are removed from containers for a number of reasons - to enable better compaction of plastic containers, to make the sorting process more efficient, to create a "pure" (by type) plastics stream (to maximise financial returns, thereby minimising costs for all) and to reduce issues for the final processor in dealing with plastics of different types, which all melt at differing temperatures.TIP: Plastic lids can be recycled by filling a plastic milk bottle with all lids and placing in the Yellow Recycling Bin. It is important the bottle is full. The same can be applied to metal lids by filling a metal can with them and squeezing the top shut.

12. If old or unwanted medicines aren't allowed in the bins, how do I dispose of them?

It is widely understood that hoarding of old and unwanted medicines can lead to the medicines becoming toxic or harming children, if left lying around. It can also lead to both misuse and abuse. Disposing of medicines down the sink or toilet, or in the bin is not appropriate and leads to poor environmental consequences. However, there is a nationally consistent means of disposal which meets State environment and hazardous waste guidelines.By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place. Over 400 tonnes of out-of-date or unwanted pharmaceuticals are now returned to chemists across Australia every year. All you have to do is:

  • Go to your home medicine area
  • Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return
  • Check that you actually need all the medicines - separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return
  • Take the container to your local pharmacy for disposal.

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