Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

When you place your household recyclable materials into your kerbside Recycle Bin, it is collected each fortnight by Veolia Environmental Services.  The recyclable materials make their way to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority for further processing.

The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) have produced a community YouTube video showing good practice for kerbside recycling and what happens to items after they are placed into the kerbside recycling bin.

Household Recycling and the NAWMA Material Recovery Facility (MRF) [YouTube Video]

Batteries contain toxic elements such as cadmium, nickel and mercury.  Batteries when disposed of through the household waste bin go directly into landfill, where they can threaten our environment and cause serious health risks to humans.  Batteries contain a high proportion of valuable materials which can be recovered and reused.

Council has placed a RecyclePak battery recycling bucket at the Council Office, located in the Civic Centre and at the Port Lincoln Library for community members to use to recycle their household batteries.

Batteries accepted are commonly found in clocks, radios, remote controls, torches, cameras, hand held games and MP3 players etc:

  • AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, alkaline, carbon zinc, silver-zinc/silver oxide batteries;
  • button batteries; and
  • rechargeable batteries - Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH).

Batteries that are NOT ACCEPTED are Lithium, Wet Cell and Lead Acid such as large car batteries.  These batteries and any other battery can be taken direct to the Resource Recovery Centre for recycling.

It is important that the right items go into your household recycling bin to help our recycling process. The incorrect items in your household recycling bin can damage the equipment and can slow up the sorting process.

Find out which bin is the right bin

Veolia - Dry Recycling Factsheet [PDF]

The 6 Golden Rules of Kerbside Recycling [PDF]

The following items are acceptable and should be placed loosely into your 240 litre household recycling bin.

Paper & Cardboard
egg cartonsbooks
food boxesjunk mail
empty pizza boxestelephone books
envelopestoilet rolls
magazinesempty matchboxes 
Drink and Food Cartons
milk and custard cartonscereal boxes
juice containersmargarine tubs
fruit boxestakeaway containers
ice cream cartons 
Metal Cans and Tins
biscuit and coffee tinsfood and drink cans
empty aerosolspet food cans
Tip: place the lid from cans and jars in a can and squash down to hold lids in.
Plastic Containers
chocolate and biscuit traysdrink bottles
alfoil traysshampoo and conditioner bottles
detergent and cleaning productscosmetic bottles
spray bottlesyogurt, ice cream and butter tubs
Rigid Plastic Items (to be treated as waste items)
plastic chairsstorage boxes
PVC pipeoffice document trays
The above rigid plastic items should be treated as waste items ie place in household rubbish bin and/or take to the Resource Recovery Centre as these items when you try and bend them break/shatter and do not pass through the recycling press and block correctly.
all empty beverage bottlesall empty medicine bottles
jars and condiment bottles 
Tip: ensure you rinse all cartons, cans, tins and containers before placing them in the recycle bin.

It is important only non recyclable items are placed into your household Waste Bin.  By not placing recyclable items into your household waste bin helps reduce the amount of waste placed into landfill.

The following items should be placed in your waste bin and NOT into your recycling bin:

  • broken glass
  • chip packets
  • cigarette butts
  • cling wrap
  • cloths and sponges
  • cutlery
  • dirty pot plant containers
  • fabric, linen and clothing
  • foam and foam rubber
  • glass and crockery (bowls and cups)
  • lolly and chocolate wrappers
  • memory cards
  • mirrors
  • nappies
  • netting
  • old toys
  • plastic bags
  • plastic bottle caps
  • plastic strapping
  • polystyrene (meat trays etc)
  • pyrex
  • straws
  • string and rope
  • tissues
  • video and audio tapes
  • windscreen and window glass
  • wire

For more information on recycling household items contact the Council Office on 8621 2300.

Used fluorescent globes and light bulbs can all be recycled by taking them into any Mitre 10 store or True Value Hardware

  • compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
  • fluorescent tubes
  • incandescent globes; and
  • halogen lamps, tubes and bulbs

Place your light globes and fluro tubes for recycling into the recycling bin/containers supplied at Mitre 10 Port Lincoln, free of charge.

City of Port Lincoln is a partner with TechCollect, a free national recycling service for e-waste.  This means that households and businesses can drop off their end-of-life and unwanted e-waste at the Resource Recovery Centre free of charge.

The Resource Recovery Centre accepts the items listed:

  • Televisions
  • Computers including
    • Laptops / Notebooks
    • PDAs / Tablets
    • All other computers
  • Monitors and Projectors including
    • CRT Monitors and Projectors
    • LCD / Flat Panel Monitors
  • Printers and Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs)
  • Computer Peripherals including:
    • Power supplies, Adaptors and UPS
    • Cables
    • Parts and Accessories
    • Toners and ink cartridges contained with a printer where they cannot reasonably be removed

For more information about recycling e-waste and what happens to the e-waste once the items are dropped off visit TechCollect's website.  You can also visit their website to find your nearest free TechCollect drop-off site.


Mobile phones, landline phones, batteries, chargers and mobile accessories can be recycled and should not be placed in your household recycling bin.  MobileMuster provides a free and easy way for all Australians to recycle their mobile phones and components.

Drop your mobile phones and associated items at participating locations across Australia.  Local stores such as the Telstra Store, Yes Optus Port Lincoln and Betta Home Living are participating businesses.

For more information about recycling your mobile phones or to find a collection point near you, visit the Planet Ark website.

Planet Ark

Printer cartridges can be recycled and should not be placed in your household recycling bin.  The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program provides a free and easy way for all Australians to recycle their used printer cartridges.

Drop your used or empty printer cartridges at participating stores like your local Officeworks store, Australia Post, Harvey Norman and Office National store.

Inkjet and laser cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles, fuser and drum units, fax rolls, print heads, waste hoppers/containers collectors and kits are all recyclable.

Cartridges used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines are all accepted.

For more information about recycling your printer cartridges or to find a collection point near you visit the Planet Ark website.

Planet Ark

Household scrap metal and steel can be taken to the Resource Recovery Centre or your local scrap metal dealer for recycling.

The Resource Recovery Centre accepts the household e-waste items listed for a nominal fee as set out in the Fees and Charges Schedule.

  • washing machines
  • clothes dryers
  • fridges
  • microwaves
  • video & DVD players
  • stereos and speakers
  • electronic games and toys
  • game consoles
  • digital & Video cameras
  • drills and other power tools
  • modems
  • vacuum cleaners
  • hairdryers
  • alarm clocks
  • toasters and kettles
  • irons
  • all white goods - ovens, air conditioners, range hoods etc.
  • other steel and scrap metal

For more information about recycling scrap metal and steel contact the Resource Recovery Centre on 8682 3860.

Related information

Waste Management

2017 Kerbside Waste Audit

Which Bin - Just Ask Vin

Need more information

If you have any questions or require further information on waste and recycling, please contact:

City of Port Lincoln
Environment & Infrastructure Team
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300