Waste Management

We can no longer rely on sending all our waste to landfill, especially when there are a lot of valuable materials that can be reused and recycled. As individuals and as a community we need to be more responsible of our consumption of materials and how we dispose of them. After all, waste generation and disposal has significant environmental, economic and social impacts.

In response, the City of Mitcham has developed a Waste Management Strategy to demonstrate its commitment to reducing waste to landfill, increasing resource recovery and increasing community knowledge of responsible waste management.

Waste Management Strategy(628 kb)

Click on the links to find out information on these waste and recycling services:

Buy One Get One FreeBuy 1 Get 1 Free Compost Offer

Every fortnight Council collects bins full of green organics from the community. Last year we collected just over 8,600 tonnes of your green waste which was turned into compost.

Your green waste is taken to a Jeffries composting facility and placed into large piles so the composting process can begin. Over ten weeks your green waste is broken down with the help of microbes while being maintained at just the right temperature and air flow.

Once the organic material has broken down it is screened to remove any contaminants such as plastic bags, irrigation pipe, glass and metal objects that may have been incorrectly placed in a green bin. Finally, the organic material is sorted as compost, soil or mulch and is ready to be used on South Australian gardens.

Council in partnership with East Waste and Jeffries are running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Compost offer until 30 September 2017. Upon presentation of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Compost voucher, City of Mitcham residents who buy a 30L or 50L bag of Jeffries compost, soil or mulch products will receive another bag for free. This offer is available at the following Jeffries stockists:

  • Hollards, 20 Grange Road Hawthorn
  • Hawthorn Sand and Metal, 96 Belair Road Hawthorn 

Click on the link below to print your voucher otherwise visit Council's Civic Centre or Libraries. A printed voucher must be provided to the Jeffries stockist at the time of purchasing the products. One voucher per household.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Compost Offer(7567 kb)

BYO Coffee Cups

Join the war on waste and BYO a Coffee Cup to reduce your waste footprint by ditching the takeaway cup for a reusable cup. Local cafes are signing up to the Responsible Cafes initiative and offering a discount if you BYO coffee cup! Visit http://www.responsiblecafes.org/ for a list of local cafes.  

Terracycle Recycling Programs

Terracycle has programs available to help recycle the 'non-recycable whether you are an individual, retailer, small business or a large organisation. Some of the recycling programs target beauty products, coffee capsules, mailing satchels and even toothpaste containers. For more information on Terracycle's recycling programs please visit their website: http://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU

Why Waste It? Education Program

why waste it brand

The ‘Why Waste It?’ education program being delivered in partnership with East Waste aims to raise awareness in our community of a better alternative to ‘wasting it’ by avoiding, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting your waste and unwanted materials.

A new website site whichbin.com.au is now live and is a great source of information on diverting waste and unwanted materials from landfill. There is a comprehensive A-Z guide listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘which bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.

 which bin website image

There are also educational resources available to download including flyers, posters and a printable listing of the A-Z guide.

Continue to watch this space as we encourage the community to think ‘Why Waste It?’

For more information on the Why Waste It education program please contact Council's Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888.

Waste Education

The Council is committed to community education and awareness on waste management. The Waste Management Officer can provide presentations on waste minimisation and resource recovery to residents, community groups, schools and organisations. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the group.
If you would like to book a waste education presentation, please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 or mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.

Further Information

Please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 for more information on waste and recycling.

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