Green organics drop-off

We offer the green organics drop-off service to help you recycle your extra or more 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
  • 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:

  • online using the Request Form
  • calling (08) 8384 0666
  • in person at any of the council offices

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 subsidy

One of the most environmentally efficient ways to dispose of your garden and food waste is to compost it at home. This way you and your garden reap the benefits directly. You also save the money that you would have spent buying compost or soil conditioners.

City of Onkaparinga residents can purchase a selection of composting systems (compost bins, worm farms or Bokashi units) at a subsidised rate.

Find out more about our home composting subsidy and how you can join the trend!