Waste & Recycling

Kerbside Waste Collection and Recycling Service

Collection days are Tuesdays weekly for "household waste" (smaller red lid wheelie bin) and Wednesdays fortnightly for "recyclables" (larger green, or yellow lid wheelie bin).  Bins are to be put out the night before collection day and must not be overfull, ie lids must close.

Bins are also not interchangeable, ie you cannot fill the green/yellow lid bin with household waste and put it out for collection with the red lid bins.  It will not be emptied.

Please also do not remove from the bins from the property that they have been allocated to, ie take them to another address.

If you put both bins out on the same day, please leave a 50cm gap between them.

If you have any queries/concerns regarding collection/missed collection, please call Clare Valley Waste on 0438 884 340.

What can go in my Recycling Bin:

Cardboard to be flattened, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, egg cartons

Plastic lined cardboard cartons, ie milk cartons, flavoured milk drinks, iced coffee, custard cartons

Plastic bottles to be washed out and lids removed but lids can still be put in the recycling bin separately, ie drink bottles, detergent bottles, yoghurt, ice cream and margarine containers, biscuit trays, plant pots (excluding the terracotta coloured ones), CLEAN waste oil containers.

Glass bottles and jars - rinsed

Aluminium and steel cans/tins plus metal lids from jars - washed out 

Aerosol containers - empty

What can NOT go in my Recycling Bin:

Nappies / all plastic bags - carrier bags, ice bags, Sunday Mail wrapper / other soft plastics - clingwrap / batteries / clothing, rags, shoes / green, garden waste / car parts / ceramics / coat hangers / crockery / electrical items / food scraps / gas cylinders / light globes / medical waste / mobile phones / paper towels / polystyrene food trays, cups & packaging / syringes / tissues / window glass / asbestos

Recycling Tips:

Please contact Council for any clarification.

Recycling collection dates for 2018 are as follows:


Waste Management and Transfer Stations

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has imposed strict conditions on the disposal of waste in South Australia and the Peterborough waste depot has been converted to a waste transfer station, where all waste is either recycled and/or transported off-site in bulk.

Council previously announced that all waste services will be financed by a user pays system of fees, and as part of the 2018/19 Annual Business Plan and Budget a new schedule of fees for the transfer station can be found in the Fees and Charges list.

Transfer Station Operating Hours                                    

Tuesday – 12 noon until 4pm 

Thursday – 12 noon until 4pm

Sunday – 12 noon until 4pm

THE TRANSFER STATION WILL BE CLOSED ON CATASTROPHIC FIRE DAYS.  Some areas may be restricted on wet days, with access to sealed surface areas only.

(Closed Xmas day and any other Public Holiday, including Easter Sunday)



The transfer station is located 3.5km due west of the town, on the Yatina Road (RPA 144), extension of Telford Avenue (which is an extension of Main Street).


Waste Must Be Sorted 

At the transfer station the depot operator will assist you in identifying the correct areas or bins for which waste goes in to what. The separate sections are scrap metal, green waste, eWaste, construction and demolition, mattresses/furniture, tyres and bins for fluro tubes, mobiles, batteries and car batteries.

It is important to remember the waste you bring to the transfer station must be sorted, as penalties will be placed on Council for contaminated waste. The depot operator has the right to refuse any waste not sorted.  Waste will only be received from the Council district, and the depot operator may ask for proof of residence.



If you have asbestos which you need to dispose of, please DO NOT put it in your general waste bin - please dispose of it at the transfer station.  For a fee, the transfer station will accept your asbestos as long as it is properly presented and wrapped as per the EPA guidelines, ie: double wrapped in thick (200-micron) plastic and duct-taped at the seams.  Hardware stores or building suppliers sell this type of plastic.

For commercial quantities, ie more than a ute load, please call Council to give prior notice on 8651 3566.


eWaste Products recycling scheme cancelled

The free national TV and computer recycling scheme ceased in regional areas (including Peterborough) on Thursday 30th July 2015. All of the items listed below are now chargeable when disposing of at the Transfer Station.


Computer Equipment :

ALL other electrical goods, examples of, but not limited to:


Mobile Phone Recycling

There are at least 30 million mobile phone subscribers currently in Australia.  There are also more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia, that’s one old phone for every Australian. That’s the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of metals, minerals, plastic and glass – things that the planet desperately needs us to recycle.  With the average person replacing their mobile phone every 18-24 months.

Mobiles should never be thrown out.  They are not biodegradable, and may contain some potentially environmentally hazardous material.  Did you know that recycling 50,000 handsets can replace the need to mine 110 tonne of gold ore, 123 tonne of silver bearing ore or 11 tonne of copper sulphide ore.

When recycled, over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products. The materials recovered can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products

The District Council of Peterborough has partnered with MobileMuster, the official product stewardship program of the telecommunications industry in Australia, to provide a free recycling service to its residents.  MobileMuster accepts all brands of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories..  Everything collected is recycled to the highest environmental standard for resource recovery with nothing being resold.  We do encourage deleting or removing any data that you want to keep from your SIM card or mobile phone, although any data left on the device is destroyed in the recycling process.

Where to recycle your old mobiles:

More information on MobileMuster can be found by visiting http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/



The next FREE dump day, to allow residents to clean up and dispose of rubbish at the Transfer Station, will be:

TBA 2018, 12pm to 4pm

There is no limit on the amount of rubbish delivered or how many trips to the Transfer Station is made, but ALL rubbish MUST be sorted.

No tyres, asbestos, waste oil/chemicals/chemical containers or other prohibited items.

No pressurised cylinders, eg gas bottles, scuba tanks, etc.

Note: This offer is for residential properties only – non commercial, and for residents of this District only.

Please take this opportunity to have a general clean up around your property.  The next scheduled free days are:


PENSIONER WASTE PICK UP – (Completed for 2017) 

This year the hard waste town pick will be restricted to all pensioners and self funded retirees who are unable to attend the transfer station.

To register, please leave your details at the Council office, no later than: Friday 15th September 2017.

Waste must be in a clear accessible area (not against fences).  No waste to be placed on footpaths before Friday 15th September.

No cooking oil/chemicals/chemical containers, tyres or other prohibited items to be collected.  No pressurised cylinders, eg gas bottles, scuba tanks.  Separate metal from waste.  Council reserves the right not to collect, if waste deemed not suitable.  Maximum of One, 6x4 trailer load per household.

Please note: We now accept waste auto oil, provided it is in a suitable SEALED container.


District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066