Hazardous and Tricky Waste

Community Chemical and Paint Drop-off Centres

Householders now have 4 locations to dispose of unwanted chemicals and paints. Choose the location which suits you best - you don’t have to live in the council area.

Items accepted

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Brake fluid and coolant
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning products
  • Fumigants
  • Gas cylinders
  • Liquid paints - oil or water based (max 100 litres)
  • Motor oil
  • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents, varnishes and stains
  • Other household chemicals

Chemical and paint drop off locations(PDF, 192.05 KB)

Light Globes

Light globes can be taken to the following locations for recycling

Mitre 10

Delights* 37 Anzac Highway, Ashford, or 196 South Road, Morphett Vale

IKEA 397 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide Airport

*small charge may apply if not making a purchase at the point of disposal.

Wide range of globes accepted including fluorescent lamps and tubes, halogen lamps, tubes, bulbs and incandescent globes (excludes commercial quantities).


There are more than 85 locations across South Australia where used oil can be taken to be recycled. Oil needs to be taken in a clean plastic container with a lid (original container is ideal). Avoid using paint cans or non plastic containers. Please refer to the "ZeroWaste SA" website to search for nearby locations to recycle oil.

Soft Plastics Recycling (Plastic Bags)

Plastic bags and other soft plastics can be recycled at all Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets.

What Is Accepted

  • Biscuit packets (outer wrapper only)
  • Bread bags (without the tie)
  • Bubble wrap (please cut large sheets into A3 size pieces)
  • Cat and dog food pouches (as clean and dry as possible)
  • Cereal box liners
  • Chip and cracker packets (silver lined)
  • Chocolate and snack bar wrappers
  • Cling Wrap - free of food residue
  • Confectionery bags
  • Dry pet food bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Green bags (Polypropylene Bags)
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Pasta bags
  • Plastic Australia Post satchels
  • Plastic carrier bags from all stores
  • Plastic film wrap from grocery items such as nappies and toilet paper
  • Plastic sachets
  • Potting mix and compost bags - both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (cut into A3 size pieces and free of as much product as possible)
  • Rice bags - both plastic and the woven type (if large, cut into A3 size pieces)
  • Snap lock bags / zip lock bags
  • Squeeze pouches with lid on (e.g. yogurt/baby food)

Please make sure your plastic is dry and as empty as possible.

What Is NOT Accepted

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers
  • Any rigid plastic such as meat trays, biscuit trays or strawberry punnets
  • Adhesive tape
  • Balloons (of any kind)
  • Blister packs, tablets and capsule packaging
  • Blow up pools and pool toys - plastic or PVC
  • Bread bag tags
  • Cellophane (from flowers etc)
  • Christmas tinsel and Christmas trees
  • Coffee bags
  • Cooler bags
  • Disposable food handling gloves of any variety
  • Drinking straws
  • Film negatives and x-rays
  • Foam or polystyrene of any kind
  • Foil / Alfoil
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Laminated materials and overhead transparencies
  • Medical waste
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Paper post packs
  • Plastic/clear vinyl packaging from sheets and doonas etc.
  • Plastic packaging that has contained meat
  • Plastic strapping used for securing boxes and pallets
  • Powdered milk packets, made of foil
  • Rubber, rubber gloves, latex
  • Tarpaulins
  • Tin cans
  • VHS Tape
  • Wet plastic materials as mould is a problem
  • Wine bladders - foil based
  • Wrapping paper and cardboard, ribbons or bows

For more information or locations to recycle soft plastics, please visit REDcycle.

A-Z Which Bin Search

Unsure of how to correctly dispose of an item, the A-Z Which-Bin search engine can help. Please click on the following link to access the search engine.

Which Bin


Residents and painters can dispose of paint for free at Paintback sites. Maximums: 100 litres per visit and 20 litre containers.

Cleanaway Liquid Processing
20 George Street, Wingfield
Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm

To find an alternative paint back location please click here.


  • Deck coating
  • Floor paint
  • Interior and exterior architectural paint (water and solvent based)
  • Primers, undercoats and sealers
  • Stains and shellacs
  • Varnishes and urethanes (single component)
  • Wood coatings (containing no pesticides)

Please visit www.paintback.com.au to find out more.

Dry paint can go in the blue lid general waste bin. Paint can be dried by leaving the lid off or with a paint hardener available from hardware stores. Tap dry paint into the general waste bin and recycle the empty tin in the yellow lid bin.


For information on sharps and syringes please visit the health services page.


Many batteries contain heavy metals and harmful elements such as nickel, cadmium, lead and mercury. Please refer to the "ZeroWaste SA" website to search for nearby locations to recycle batteries.

Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be recycled via collection boxes located at all Officeworks and JB HiFi stores, and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Good Guys and Office National outlets.

Australia Post

  • 132 Muller Road, Greenacres
  • 430 Prospect Road, Kilburn
  • 12 Clementina Drive, Port Adelaide
  • 200 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide (Port Canal Shopping Centre)
  • 12-14 Taminga Street, Regency Park
  • 38 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Officeworks - 621 North East Road, Gilles Plains

Good Guys - Gepps Cross Homemaker Centre - 720 Main North Road, Gepps Cross

For more cartridge recycling locations, please click here.