Some waste is not able to be disposed of through the Council's kerbside bin collection. To assist the community, Council provides other services and tips on how to dispose of waste thoughtfully.
Residents are entitled to one hard waste collection per financial year (1 July - 30 June).
Bookings are required and are subject to availability and waiting periods may apply. Bookings made on-line will receive an email advising of the next available collection in their suburb, and a ‘courtesy’ reminder email on the Friday prior to the collection week.
Any rubbish that is put out without a booking is considered as illegally dumped rubbish that can attract a fine of $315.
To make a booking:
The maximum amount that can be collected is 2 cubic metres. (2m length x 1m wide x 1m height). This amount equates (approx.) to a small 6ft x 4ft trailer load.
Keep your hard waste safe and tidy
It is your responsibility to ensure that the hard waste outside your property is placed and maintained safely until collected - even if it is moved by other people. Council will NOT be responsible for removal of any items that have been ‘added’ to your pile by persons unknown.
Hazardous products, toxic substances, explosives, flammables, ammunition.
eg paint, pesticides, garden fertilisers, cleaning agents, suspected Asbestos items, explosives, ammunition, fuel, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fibreglass.
Building material from erection, demolition or renovation of a property or shop, eg bricks, concrete, gyprock/plasterboard, cement mix, dirt, rubble, wooden pallets, tiles, toilet bowl and cisterns,
Large rainwater tanks
Car bodies, panels, engines, parts
Batteries eg car, scooter, power packs, small AA.
Liquid waste including paint and oil.
Garden waste, tree stumps
Vegetation and garden waste including fruit and vegetables.
Unwrapped or broken glass
Cardboard, bottles, cans eg kerbside recyclable items.
Unsanitary or sharps items eg syringes and medical waste.
Full-service rubbish removal
Phone 1800 468 586
Metals, gas bottles, clothing, e-waste
Glen Osmond Recycling Centre
389 Glen Osmond Rd, Glen Osmond. Phone 8379 9955
Household furniture, vegetation, metals, timber, e-waste
Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Phone 8295 5790
Household furniture, asbestos
Metro Waste Thebarton
19-25 Murray Street, Thebarton. Phone 8443 8827
Metals, bottles, e-waste
Daws Road Recycling Centre
76 Daws Road, Edwardstown. Phone 8277 5588
Household furniture, vegetation, metals, timber
Integrated Waste Services (IWS)
Wingfield Road, Wingfield. Phone 8243 2644
Household chemicals and paint
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
Open hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
Did you know Australia discards almost 20kg per person per year of electrical and electronic goods and recycles only 5%?
Electrical waste (e-waste) is any item with a battery or an electrical cord.
If you have an electronic product that is still usable, consider donating it to a community group, charity, friend or family member in preference to recycling it.
Electrical appliances are dismantled and the different components are sorted. Many of the materials, including glass, copper, plastics, metals and precious metals, are recovered for further processing and eventual use in the manufacture of new products.
Small to medium sized items are acceptable, ie domestic items that plug into a power point, use a charger or are powered by battery.
No large items (eg fridges or washing machines) will be accepted.
Acceptable items include:
75 King William Road, Unley.
Inside the Depot site, and is only available Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.
Unfortunately, due to known pilfering and damage, the Unplug N’ Drop collection containers have been removed from Fullarton and Clarence Park Community Centres. Alternative drop-off locations for your electrical waste can be found on the Electronic Recycling Australia website.
Some solid and liquid waste is hazardous and is not suitable for the usual collection and disposal methods.
Hazardous waste products include:
Please do not:
Accepted items include:
Results from a recent audit show Unley residents have increased the amount of organic material being composted through the green bin system.
We still have room for improvement though, currently over 37% of food waste in our blue bins could be going into our organics bins instead of going to landfill.
Food waste that can go in our green bins include vegetables, fruit, tea, bread, cereals, eggshells, grains, meat and dairy products.
Prevent your leftovers and food scraps becoming landfill waste by using the kitchen caddy system.
The kitchen caddy takes all kinds of food scraps, including bread, meat scraps and bones, egg and oyster shells, cheese, seafood and even tissues, paper towel and hair. The container is sealed to minimise smells or liquids and can sit on your bench top or under the sink. Once the kitchen caddy is full, both the compostable bag and contents can be placed directly into your green organics bin.
Kitchen caddies and compostable bin liners can be purchased from:
At the following prices:
Illegal dumping is a result of people unlawfully dumping unwanted items such as mattresses, household furniture, electrical goods, building material and tyres in front of houses, alongside roads, on reserves and in creeks without the approval of Council.
It poses a risk to the health and safety of the community as well harming the environment by contaminating land and waterways.
Risks involved with illegal dumping include sharp objects, asbestos, toxic substances, nappies and medical waste. Illegal dump sites can be fire hazards, block storm water drains, can cause accidents due to obstruction for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles as well as being a breeding grounds for vermin.
Illegal dumping can lower property values and also attract other illegal activities.
Many of these illegally dumped items can be collected through Council’s hard waste collection service.
Anyone who suspects or witnesses illegal dumping is encouraged to report it immediately to the City of Unley.
Supermarket retailers continue to work closely with Councils and the community to manage their trolleys, but they need their customers’ help to return their trolleys after use, and report abandoned trolleys, so that they can collect them within 24 hours.
To report an abandoned trolley, please contact the relevant retailer below.
Download the Coles App from the App Store or Google Play and use the ‘Report an abandoned trolley’ function.
Phone: 1800 TROLLEY (1800 876 553)
Download the Trolley Tracker App from the App Store or Google Play to report abandoned trolleys.
Trolley Tracker Hotline: 1800 641 497
Visit Trolley Tracker
You can report an abandoned trolley at any time by calling 1800 163 900.
Reported trolleys will be collected within 24 hours.
To report an issue with a bin, please contact:
Phone: 8159 5059
and provide the following information:
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