Council offers several options for recycling and waste disposal; including kerbside collections, hard rubbish collections and a range of other services to support our community.
Download the City of Unley Kerbside Bin Collection Calendar to determine your bin collection day.
All waste bins (blue lid) are collected each week, recycling (yellow lid) and organic (green lid) bins are collected on alternating fortnights.
To ensure your bins are emptied on your scheduled collection day, you need to:
All residential rateable properties are entitled to a domestic kerbside bin collection service compromising of household recycling, green organics and general waste to landfill.
The supply and collection of extra bins in addition to the standard entitlement, is by arrangement with Council’s Contractor on an agreed fee for service basis, after application approval by Council. The annual fee is set by Council and payable to the Contractor.
*Exceptions may apply due to dwelling density, location or service availability.
All rateable commercial properties are also entitled to a domestic kerbside bin collection service compromising of household recycling and general waste to landfill.
Green Organics Bins are only provided if there is substantial landscaping required of the property.
Commercial food waste collection should be sourced by a commercial waste contractor.
Additional bins are only available through an application to Council for residential properties for an annual service fee per bin.
Service fees are published under Fees & Charges. If the application is approved, the information will be forward to Council’s Waste Contractor who will follow up to arrange payment and subsequent delivery of the bins.
Additional bins are not available through Council to an individual business, industrial and commercial premises. It is expected that each business will access commercial waste and recycling collection suppliers for any needs to excess of kerbside collection services.
For further information regarding kerbside collection in relation to Business and Commercial properties please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 5111.
For all enquiries associated with a kerbside collection bin that has not been collected on your scheduled collection day, please contact:
Phone: 8159 5059
If your kerbside collection bin is damaged or is in need of replacement parts (e.g. lid pins, wheels, axles, lids or the bin body), please contact:
If a kerbside collection bin is missing from the front of your property after it has been placed there for collection, it should be reported as missing or lost.
You will need to report it to SAPOL via the Online Lost Property Reporting (OLPR), as SOLO will require the OLPR number before a replacement bin is provided.
If you find a bin, please contact Solo.
If your property is being demolished, you are required to surrender your kerbside collection bins to Council.
When the new property becomes occupied replacement bins will be provided, please contact:
Glass is made from three raw materials: sand, soda ash and limestone. Recycling your glass bottles and jars can help conserve these materials.
In order to minimise your glass use, buy in bulk and/or take glass jars to stores be refilled (services available at health food stores and co-ops).
For other glass bottles and jars, re-use them as containers in the kitchen, house and shed, or donate them to a community craft group or school.
For effective recycling, all jars and bottles need to be empty and dry, rinsing containers is not a must-do for recycling. Remove lids or caps, but no need to remove paper labels.
Here is a quick guide to the types of glass that CAN be placed in your recycling bin:
Here is a quick guide to the types of glass that CANNOT be placed in your recycling bin because they are toughened glass and melt at a higher temperature than normal glass bottles and jars:
Any plastic container that is rigid can be recycled. A handy tip for deciding if the container is ‘rigid’ is if it:
For effective recycling, all containers need to be empty and dry, rinsing containers is not a must-do for recycling.
Here is a quick guide to plastic containers that CAN be placed in your recycling bin:
Loose plastic lids and other small pieces of rigid plastic, such as cable ties can be placed in a rinsed plastic bottle. When the bottle is full, just screw on a lid and pop the full bottle in the recycling bin. This will be recycled as a mixed plastic. Leaving them loose in your recycling bin means they are often too small to be captured when sorted.
Collecting bread tags, even broken ones, makes a difference to our environment too as they are recycled into seedling trays, cornices, skirtings, outdoor furniture, coat hangers, poles and decking. 1079 Life have partnered with ‘Container of Hope’ to ship all collected bread tags to South Africa to a group called ‘Bread tags for Wheelchairs’, who help disabled adults and children obtain much needed wheel chairs. Take your bread tags along to The Roadies each Monday or drop them off to 1079 Life with a gold coin donation to help with postage and they will send them on your behalf.
For further information visit: 1079 Life and Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
This part can get a little tricky, a handy tip is to ask “Is the plastic soft, easily wrapped or squish-able in your hands?” If yes, it CANNOT be recycled in your Yellow Bin. 'Soft' plastics in this category include grocery shopping bags, cling-wrap, lightweight polystyrene meat trays and packing foam.
Soft plastics, the kind that can be scrunched into a ball, are among the biggest problems in the kerbside recycling system as they get caught in the recycling machinery.
Soft plastics can only be recycled through the REDcycle program at participating supermarkets.
The plastic is used as a resource to produce a huge range of recycled plastic related products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more.
To locate a drop off point in your area visit REDcycle.
What you can recycle:
The difference in the types of plastic bags we use day-to-day can be confusing. Unfortunately, this mix-up can lead to the wrong bags contaminating our green bins.
The below tips will help clarify what goes where.
For more recycling tips, visit our Reducing Waste Page.
Degradable describes where the ordinary plastics are treated with additives, usually consisting of heavy metals to cause the material to disintegrate over a number of years.
Causes of the degradation: sunlight, time, water, chemicals, micro-organisms
Time to degrade: varies, but generally a long time
Biodegradable plastic bags are a specific type of degradable. But that still doesn’t mean they are ok to compost.
Causes of the degradation: mainly naturally occurring micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi
Time to degrade: varies from days to months to years depending on the material and environment
Compostable bags are a specific type of biodegradable that:
Causes of the degradation: microbiological, in a controlled environment
Time to degrade: around 30 days in a commercial composting environment
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