Tricky Items

Electrical Waste

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.

Did you know Australia discards almost 20kg per person per year of electrical and electronic goods and recycles only 5%.
​Unplug n' Drop

To help improve our recycling of electrical items, the City of Unley has joined with Electronic Recycling Australia in providing 3 convenient locations for residents to drop off unwanted electrical items. These FREE Unplug n’ Drop cages accept small electronic and electrical goods that plugs into a power point, uses a charger or is powered by a battery.

Please ONLY place your unwanted electronic and electrical goods INSIDE the Unplug n’ Drop cage. Only small appliances are accepted. NO fridges or washing machines.

Electronic Recycling Australia can deliver not just better environmental outcomes, but better community and social outcomes too. Their successful electronic and electrical recycling operation is an initiative of Minda providing services to people living with a disability through sustainable employment and enriches their lives through greater community participation and contribution.
  • Unplug n' Drop Cage Locations

    Unley Works Depot
    75 King William Road, Unley. Inside the Depot site, and is only available Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

    Fullarton Park Community Centre
    411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton. Outside – access from Fullarton Road carpark, and is available 24/7.

    Clarence Park Community Centre
    72-74 East Avenue, Clarence Park. Outside – access from Canterbury Terrace carpark, and is available 24/7.

  • Larger Items
    Residents of Unley Council can also dispose of larger electrical items for FREE at:

    Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
    181 Morphett Road, North Plympton. Phone 8295 5077.

    Including refrigerators, dryers and washing machines.
    *Proof of residence is required.


Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection (FREE) Trial

The City of Unley in partnership with Toxfree is trialling a new FREE initiative available to residents of the City of Unley, for the collection and safe disposal of hazardous household chemicals from their home.

Bookings are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 x Collections each month and will be scheduled to occur on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Once filled, the next available collection date will be offered. Residents are entitled to one collection per financial year. (1 July - 30 June).
*This service is for households where quantities of household hazardous waste items exceed more than one or two items.

  • Book a Hazardous Waste Collection
    Follow these steps to book a household hazardous waste collection:
    1. Review the list of items that will and will not be accepted.
    2. Complete a Chemical Manifest Form to record the items you are proposing to have collected. 
    3. Book online ensuring you attach your completed Manifest Form. You will need to indicate on the Booking Form that you have read, understood, and conform to the conditions and requirements for the safe and secure collection of household hazardous waste from your property.
    4. A heavy-duty storage container (clearly marked with ToxFree label) will be provided to you prior to the collection date – only items in the container will be collected.
    5. You will receive an email advising of the next available collection date, including a ‘courtesy’ reminder email sent to you prior to the collection day.


    Book Online
  • Household Chemicals & Paint Drop-off Depot
    A free drop off service is provided for householders and farmers (not businesses) to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and paint safely, responsibly and free of charge.
    The Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off Depot is located at the corner Magazine Road and Henschke Street, Dry Creek and is open 9am to 12noon the first Tuesday of every month.
    For further information on the Depot, including a list of items that will and will not be accepted, visit the Green Industries SA website.

Tricky Waste

Tricky items for disposal/recycling are accepted at the following drop off locations:

Light Globes and Fluoro Tubes
Any Mitre 10, Banner Hardware or True Value store. FREE

Batteries ​(Car and Truck)
Independent Batteries Distributors, 937 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park. Phone 8296 6311. FREE

PaintBack – Cleanaway, 20 George St, Wingfield. Phone 8344 0900. FREE

Motor Oil and Tyres
Adelaide Waste and Recycle Centre, 181 Morphett Rd, North Plympton. Phone 8295 5077.

Scrap Hotline
Visit the Scrap Hotline website

City of Unley Residents
Residents of the City of Unley can drop off small quantities of engine oil, batteries, fluoros, globes and mobile phones at the Works Depot, 75 King William Road, Unley. (Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm). Our Civic Centre and Community Centres also accept small batteries and mobile phones.