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.
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
- DO NOT tie up or bundle newspapers or cardboard
- DO NOT put items into plastic bags or boxes - place loosely into the bin
- Empty and rinse all containers and bottles
- Remove all lids from jars, bottles and plastic containers, but put in recycling bin
- Pizza boxes are acceptable as long as they are not heavily soiled by the contents
Please contact Council for any clarification.
Recycling collection dates for 2017 are as follows:
- February 8 and 22
- March 8 and 22
- April 5 and 19
- May 3, 17 and 31
- June 14 and 28
- July 12 and 26
- August 9 and 23
- September 6 and 20
- October 4 and 18
- November 1, 15 and 29
- December 13 and 27
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 2016/17 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)
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.
- Plasma televisions
- Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions
- Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) televisions
- Rear Projection televisions
Computer Equipment :
- Portable processing machines – i.e laptops, notebooks & palmtops
- Desktops/Central Processing Units (CPUs)
- Computer monitors
- Multi function devices that print, copy, scan and/or fax
- Cards, motherboards
- Web cameras
- Compact disk drives
- Digital video disk drives
- Hard drives
- Floppy drives
- Mouse and trackball
- Joysticks and gamepads
- Electrical transformers designed to be housed in same cabinet as the CPU
ALL other electrical goods, examples of, but not limited to:
- Game consoles (such as Microsoft Xbox or Sony Playstation)
- Video recorders
- DVD players
- Radios / stereos
- Power tools
- Appliances / microwaves
- Universal power supplies
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:
- Council Office, Town Hall Building, 108 Main Street, Peterborough SA 5422
More information on MobileMuster can be found by visiting http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/
FREE DUMP DAYS 2017
The next FREE dump day, to allow residents to clean up and dispose of rubbish at the Transfer Station, will be:
SUNDAY 19th March 2017, 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:
- 18th June 2017
PENSIONER WASTE PICK UP – 2017 To Be Advisded
This year the hard waste town pick will be restricted to the elderly, disabled 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: TBA.
Note: Waste must be in a clear accessible area (not against fences). No waste 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.