Other services

We recognise that many unwanted items cannot be recycled or disposed of through the kerbside bin system. We offer or support a range of alternative services to help you recycle your unwanted items.

As well as having access to alternative Drop-Off options, residents are able to use the following services:

Hard waste & mattress collections

Our hard waste and mattress collection services assist residents to dispose of items that cannot be recycled or are too bulky to go in kerbside bins. This includes unwanted household items such as furniture, tools and large toys.

As of 1 September 2018, we will no longer be collecting scrap metal (including all electrical items) and each household is entitled up to two collections (mattress/hard waste) per financial year:

  • 2 hard waste collections OR
  • 2 mattresses collections OR
  • 1 hard waste collection + 1 mattresses collection

More information and details on how these changes may apply to you can be found on our Hard Waste changes FAQ sheet (215K).  

Please note that bookings are essential. Items put out without a booking are considered illegally dumped and can attract fines of up to $5,000.

How to book

Hard waste and mattress collections are separate services and must be booked separately.

Call our Customer Relations team on (08) 8384 0666. You will be advised of your collection date/s when you make your booking/s.

Please note that you can only place materials on the kerb for collection the day before your scheduled pick up. Reports of items placed out more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled collection will be forwarded to our Community Safety team for investigation and/or enforcement.

Items put out without a booking or items placed out more than 24 hours prior to a scheduled collection are considered illegally dumped and can attract fines of up to $5,000.

All items placed out on the kerbside are your responsibility until they are removed by the City of Onkaparinga.

Acceptable items for a hard waste collection

  • Unwanted household goods such as furniture and furnishings, gym equipment (plastic), toys, tools & foam mattresses and waterbeds.

Non-acceptable items for hard waste

  • Metals - steel and metal products such as white goods and hot water systems 
  • Electrical items including TVs, computers and whitegoods
  • Industrial or trade waste including building and demolition waste (brick, rubble, tiles, concrete, plasterboard or fibreglass)
  • Chemicals and hazardous materials (asbestos, paint, waste oil and medical waste)
  • Car parts including batteries and tyres
  • Plate glass, glass doors or mirrors
  • Plant materials
  • Food or other material which are accepted in your waste, recycling or green organics bins
  • Cardboard
  • Treated timber
  • Ceramics (toilets/vanities)

To find out more about alternate disposal of these and other household items visit our online recycling and disposal guide.

Hard waste placement guidelines

  • You can place a maximum of 2m x 1m x 1m of materials out for collection.
  • Items must be placed as close as practicable to the kerb without blocking pedestrian access (items will not be collected from private property).
  • Please remove doors from any furniture for the safety of children.
  • Items longer than 1.5 metres in length will not be collected.
  • Ensure items can be easily lifted by two people.

Mattress placement guidelines

  • You can place a maximum of two items out for collection
    • 2 mattresses OR
    • 1 mattress + 1 ensemble base
  • Mattresses are to be placed leaning upright (where possible), as close as practicable to the kerb without blocking pedestrian access (items will not be collected from private property).

Disposal of scrap metal

For disposal of scrap metal and e-waste items please visit our drop off options page.


Green organics drop-off

We offer the green organics drop-off service to help you recycle your extra or bulky green organics.

This service is only available to residents of the City of Onkaparinga and may be used on the designated days only. Each residential property, whether rented or owner occupied, is entitled to one green waste pass at no charge.

Drop off options are:

  • All Bulk Waste 
    12 Christie Road, Lonsdale
    Available during the first seven days of each month, 9am-2pm – Excluding Public Holidays
  • Southern Operations Centre
    22-26 Lacey Drive, Aldinga Beach
    Available on the last Sunday of each month between 9.30am-2.30pm

Additional drop off days during spring

During the months of spring (September October and November) pass holders may access the service twice per month.

E.g. the Lonsdale location can be attended twice during the first 7 days of those months and the Aldinga location will be open on additional days that will be outlined on the information brochure provided with the pass.

To access this service, residents must first register for a pass:

Following registration, you will be sent a green organics pass and more information about the service including conditions, dates and times.

The green organics received are recycled into mulch and compost products. Strict guidelines apply to the type of material accepted the ensure the green organics is of high quality for recycling.

Acceptable materials:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • plant and tree prunings
  • tree branches (no thicker than 15cm)

*a limit of approximately 1 cubic metre of green organics (equivalent to a 6x4 trailer) applies per property per month and no material other than household garden vegetation will be accepted.

Materials we do not accept:

  • dirt and soil
  • treated or painted timber
  • building materials
  • food scraps
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastic
Composting at home

Composting is recycling too!

Interested in composting at home? It’s easy to do, produces FREE fertiliser for your garden and helps the planet – all in one.

To help reduce the amount of organic matter that goes to landfill and cut the production of greenhouse gas emissions, we support our residents to participate in composting at home, where these materials are produced.


In spring and autumn we offer information sessions at various locations throughout our council area

  • Introduction to Composting – covering the basics of bin composting, worm farming and Bokashi composting
  • How to make your own Bokashi mix workshops

Find out more about upcoming sessions.


We also subsidise the purchase of a selection of composting systems including bins, worm farms and Bokashi buckets.

These items are purchased via our Customer Service Offices and will be delivered to your door.

You can download the Composting order form

Alternatively, you can contact our Customer Relations team on (08) 8384 0666

Composting is a very worthwhile pursuit because it produces useable compost, castings and liquid fertilisers which are very beneficial for our soil and plants. These products add nutrients, microbial diversity and increase the water holding capacity of your soil. You will start seeing food scraps and garden waste not as rubbish but as a resource to be recovered and used in your home compost systems.


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Sustainable Onkaparinga quicklink



Waste Nott Recycling Store

Find out more about our Waste Nott Recycling Store.


Hook Line and Thinker

Hook line and thinker QR codeFishing debris recycling program

Fishing litter harms our wildlife and pollutes our rivers and oceans as:

  • it is strong and doesn’t degrade, lasting up to 600 years in the environment
  • it is clear or light coloured, so is difficult for both people and wildlife to see
  • wildlife can strangle or starve to death after becoming entangled or ingesting fishing line.

The City of Onkaparinga, in collaboration with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges undertook a pilot program in 2013 to capture and recycle unwanted fishing debris. The Hook, Line and Thinker program aims to capture marine litter at popular fishing spots, before it ends up in metropolitan waters, where it causes significant damage to the fragile ecology of our aquatic environment.

With the success of this trial, we have installed additional Hook, Line and Thinker bins and other South Australian councils including the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Tea Tree Gully and Victor harbor have installed fishing debris bins across their regions.

Find out more about collection results

Fishing debris imageWhat can go in them?

Items that can be safely disposed of include fishing plastics such as old line and netting, sinkers, hooks and lures. Other items such as bait and packaging still need to be deposited in general or recycling bins.

Plastic fishing debris collected in the new bins will be recycled at a plastics processing plant and turned into a range of plastic materials. Metals are also recycled.

So be a responsible fisher.

  • Don’t leave your line behind.
  • Replace your fishing line before it becomes brittle.
  • Cast your line with care – away from foraging birds or other wildlife.
  • Pick up any discarded fishing line you find.

Bin locations

Fishing debris bins are located at:

  • Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp
  • Market Square, Old Noarlunga
  • Onkaparinga causeway (end of Wearing Street), Port Noarlunga
  • O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp
  • Perry’s Bend, Noarlunga Downs;
  • Port Noarlunga Jetty
  • River Road / New Road intersection, Port Noarlunga
  • Sellicks Beach Boat Ramp
  • Silver Sands Beach Boat Ramp
  • Weatherald Terrace, Port Noarlunga South.

Click here to see bin locations

Updates on the Fishing Debris Recycling Program can be obtained by emailing mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Further information about the national marine debris project can be found at www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au 


Bin Spring Trial

BinSpring productBin litter resulting from windy days could soon be a thing of the past! City of Onkaparinga has joined

forces with BinSpringTM to trial their new and innovative product.

BinSpringTM offers an opportunity to address the problem of stray litter, predominantly caused by open wheelie bin lids. The BinSpringsTM easily attach to bin handles, keeping lids closed, the waste inside and rain and birds out.  Made from stainless steel they can be fitted to any size wheelie bin.  BinSpringTM works by a strong spring action. Once opened, BinSpringTM simply springs back into shape, which puts pressure on the lid to close it.

The current  BinSpringsTM Premium trial started in September 2017 on bins in Seaford and Willunga. It continued for 6 recycling  collections / three months – finishing at the end of December 2017. A Door to door survey will be undertaken in the trial areas during February 2018 seeking community feedback on the product.

Should this trial prove successful, we hope to be able to offer BinSpringsTM to residents at cost price. We are proud to be supporting a new Australian invention manufactured in Brisbane.

For more information about the product visit BinSpring website.

BinSprings can be purchased directly online.

For any queries about the trial, please contact Michel Diritani, Waste and Recycling Contracts Surveillance Officer on 8384 0666 or mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

BinSpring example