How much do you know about the recycling rules in Adelaide?

Published on June 14, 2023

Recycling in Adelaide is on the increase.

Adelaide is regularly voted one of the world’s most livable cities. There are many different reasons for this, but one is undoubtedly the area’s beauty.

The city is full of green spaces, such as The Botanic Park and the Adelaide Parklands. It’s also a forward-thinking city, and many efforts are being made to ensure its sustainability.

The City of Adelaide has been measuring and reducing carbon dioxide for several years and has now achieved carbon neutrality for its operations for FY2020 and FY2021.

This is no small achievement; most of Adelaide’s population is very environmentally aware. Local businesses have made huge efforts to “green the city”, which involves increasing plants in urban areas.

Opportunities to “Green the City” are everywhere in Adelaide

These changes make a positive difference to the city and people’s experiences of the place.

As you might expect, Adelaide has many options for residents to manage their recycling.

Depending on which suburb you live in, residents have many choices regarding recycling.

All local councils offer households a green bin, a general waste bin and a recycling bin.

What can go in your recycling bin?

Your recycling bin is meant for the following –

  • Plastic milk cartons
  • Plastic drink bottles
  • paper (newspapers, magazines, junk mail)
  • cardboard (egg cartons, boxes)
  • glass bottles and jars
  • aluminium and steel cans
  • containers (detergent bottles, ice cream and yoghurt containers)
  • foil from chocolate Easter eggs
Glass jars on shelves

Glass jars are recyclable but you can also reuse them

Do you have to wash bottles and cans before recycling?

Absolutely. You should rinse all food and drink containers and remove their lids. Single lids are too small to be processed alone, so place them in a plastic container, then put them into your recycling bin.

Avoid using plastic bags to contain your recycling – thin plastic bags are not recyclable. Flatten your boxes before adding them to the recycling bin, and don’t pack things too tightly.

What things are recyclable but need special treatment?

E-waste, such as mobile phones and batteries, needs special treatment. There are a variety of options for these things in Adelaide.

For example, many libraries have containers for batteries or mobile phones. You can add yours any time the library is open.

Similarly, Bunnings in Adelaide suburbs are accepting of recycling and will take the following –

  • Power tools
  • Mobile phones
  • Printers
  • TVs
  • Toasters
  • Computers
  • Fluorescent light tubes

It’s best to call ahead first to check your local Bunnings takes the things you want to recycle.

Recycling in Adelaide mobile phones

Mobile phones need to be recycled separately

How do skip bins help with recycling?

Skip bins are a very eco-friendly way to dispose of your unwanted waste. It’s a good idea to book a skip bin during big changes such as a house move or building project.

Did you know that much of what is collected in skip bins is recycled? Well, it is! That’s why there are different skip bins for different tasks.

Skip bins for green waste are taken, and the contents are recycled to make compost – even hard waste like bricks and concrete gets recycled out of skip bins. That’s why skips are such an eco-friendly way to manage your rubbish.

Recycling in Adelaide – how to improve your habits

You might recycle via your council bins every week or two. But recycling habits can always be improved!

Firstly, recycling isn’t only about throwing things into the recycling bin. It also includes using things again rather than throwing them away.

For example, you can reuse yogurt pots as containers or cut up old towels for stuffing a new dog bed. Any item that you can reuse is an opportunity to recycle more.

Recycling in this way means you will be buying fewer items. This is good for the environment too! Less waste goes into landfills, for example.

Look for opportunities to recycle things that you might otherwise have thrown away.

What sort of skip bin do I need?

This is a commonly asked question. At AOT Skip Bins, we offer different types of skip bins depending on which rubbish our customers want to dispose of.

For example –

  • Green waste
  • General waste
  • Mixed waste
  • Concrete & brick
  • Soil & dirt

By keeping the waste types separate, we have more opportunities to recycle. Recycling keeps rubbish out of landfill sites, and that’s important to us.

We’re all doing our best to reduce humanity’s environmental impact on the planet. If every one of us makes an effort, we will all reap the rewards as time goes on.

AOT Skip Bins is here to support you in all your waste removal needs. We’re always happy to offer advice and help. Contact us to book a skip bin or ask questions.

Beau Schutz