What Happens to Our General Waste?
Where possible all waste is reused, recovered or recycled. However, waste from the CoP that cannot be salvaged for further use is baled by the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) using state-of-the-art techniques, which are outlined on the NAWMA webpage.
Bale processing at NAWMA's waste and recylcing facility in Edinburgh North
The bales are then transported to the Uleybury Landfill where they are buried below the ground. A platform has been built at the site to allow the public to oversee the landfill and gather a greater understanding of the waste process. More information regarding visitation of the site is found on the NAWMA website.
School group on the observation platform at the Uleybury balefill site
Recycling is vital to the sustainability of our communities as we consume the planet’s natural resource at a faster rate than the environment can create them. Instead of using each material once and then sending the used product to landfill, it makes more sense to recycle the raw materials to make more products.
The following videos provide an overview of the recycling process.
Saving Little Pieces of Our Earth – The Recycling Process:
Single-Stream Recycling – Leading the Way to Zero Waste (Great for kids!):
Still a bit confused on what goes in which bin? PlanetArk have provided a list of materials that are suitable for kerbside recycling pickup in the Playford Council area.
The electronic devices in your home contain precious and finite metals that can be reused in other products. Zero Waste SA has provided information on the components within electronic devices that can be reused.
E-Waste can also contain hazardous material, which is why we should never include E-Waste in the normal rubbish collection. Many locations offer E-Waste recycling services with a full comprehensive list provided by Zero Waste SA
Mobile phones are one electronic item that is frequently updated by newer models. If you have old phones that no longer work or are no longer needed they can be recycled as part of the Mobile Muster. For more information on how to best recycle your phone visit the Mobile Muster Website.
Separating green waste from the regular rubbish is a form of recycling, where kitchen scraps, tissues and paper towel, egg shells, coffee grounds and all matter of things that are derived organically (from a living organism) collected and used to create mulch and compost. The nutrients in the green waste are used to help produce more food, and the material also improves soil condition and protects from erosion.
A green waste bin has been added to the Playford Council areas regular kerbside collection, with more information on the CoP Green Organics Collection Service Webpage.
So what doesn’t go in the green waste? The general rule is that if it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go.Zero Waste SA has more information on the benefits of green waste and how to use your green bin. Furthermore, the Jeffries Garden Centre Facebook Page has a funny list of 101+ things they have found in the green waste bins that do not belong there.
Get off the grass! Fake lawn: it just doesn't belong in a real green organics bin!
Learning More about Waste and Recycling
KESAB runs tours to a range of waste processing facilities to help the public understand what happens to our rubbish and recycling once it has been picked up from the kerbside.
Caravan/Motorhome Effluent Dump Points
Visit the Sanidumps website to find out where the caravan/motorhome effluent dump points are in South Australia.