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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.

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

Batteries contain toxic elements such as cadmium, nickel and mecury.  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 - AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, alkaline, carbon zinc, silver-zinc/silver oxide batteries, button batteries and rechargable batteries - Nickel Cadmuim (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH).  Such batteries are commonally found in clocks, radios, remote controls, torches, cameras, hand held games and MP3 players etc.

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 our equipment and can slow up the sorting process.

Kerbside Collection - Recycling and Reuse flyer with fees

Veolia - Dry Recycling Factsheet

The 6 Golden Rules of Kerbside Recycling

Simple Tips on how to Recycle Right

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 that items that are not recyclable 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.

Kerbside Collection - General Waste flyer and fees

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

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

For more information on recycling you can contact the Council office on 8621 2300.

Your used fluorescent globes and light bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) Fluorescent tubes, Incandescent globes and Halogen lamps, tubes and bulbs) can all be recycled by taking them into any Mitre 10 store or True Value Hardware.

Place your light globes and fluro tubes for recycling into the 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 - computers, computer accessories and TVs.  It means that households and businesses can drop off their end-of-life and unwanted e-waste at the Port Lincoln Resource Recovery Centre for free.

To find out more about TechCollect visit or to find out where your e-waste goes after it is dropped off at the Resource Recycling Centre visit

Televisions, fridges, washing machines, dryers and printers can all be recycled by taking them direct to the Resource Recovery Centre at no charge.

Printer cartridges can be recycled however should not be placed in your household recycling bin, there are 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection points at various participating stores that you can take and drop off your used inkjet, laser and toner cartridges, toner bottles, fusers and drum units.

Visit for collection points in your area.

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
Infrastructure & Regulatory Services Team
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300