Three Bin System
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City of Marion's kerbside waste and recycling collection system consists of three bins.
|Which Bin||Bin Size||Contents||Collection Schedule|
|Red Bin||140 litre||Garbage||Collected weekly|
|Yellow Bin||240 litre||Recycling||Collected fortnightly|
|Green Bin||240 litre||Green organics||Collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your recycling bin|
The City of Marion Domestic Waste Collection Calendar outlines what can go in each bin and contains important information about bin collections, helpful hints on how to recycle right and options for dealing with tricky waste that must not be placed in any bin.
Have a question about your bins and what should go in them?
Has your bin been missed, gone missing or is damaged?
Have you moved into a new property and need a bin?
Visit the Kerbside Queries & FAQs page for details of what to do in these situations.
The Waste Not Want Not Poster gives a quick visual reminder of what can and can't go in each of your bins. Download the Waste Not Kerbside Poster (522 kb) here.
This is your garbage bin and is for general household waste that cannot be put in recycling or organics bins.
What goes in this bin? You can put in:
- Soft plastics, eg. plastic wrap, cling film, newspaper plastic wraps and plastic bags.
- Dirty Nappies.
- Kitty litter (in a plastic bag or wrapped in newspaper).
- Rags and clothing that cannot be passed on as hand-me downs or given to charity shops.
- Aluminium foil.
- Broken glass and crockery (wrap them in newspaper first).
- Polystyrene foam and bubble wrap.
You can put plastic bags and bin liners in your garbage bin, but not in your recycling or green organics bin.
This is your recycling bin and is for disposing of the following recyclable items:
- Paper and cardboard (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, egg cartons, cardboard boxes - flattened).
- Cartons (juice and milk cartons - you no longer need to brick your cartons).
- Glass bottles and jars.
- Aluminium, steel (cans and lids) and aerosol cans (empty).
- NEW: Plastic bottle tops collected in a single bottle and put in the yellow bin when full. The container needs to be see-through. You can cut a small slit and put the tops in that way if squeezing them in through the top is difficult.
- All rigid plastic containers. Rigid plastic refers to plastic that holds its own shape including:
- plastic drink bottles (lids off and collected)
- yogurt containers (lids off and pots rinsed)
- detergent bottles (lids off and collected).
- Bread tags collected in a plastic bottle, re-lid when full and place in your yellow recycling bin
The Recycling Plastics Poster outlines in further detail what plastics can be recycled, how to identify them and what they are recycled into. Download the Recycling Plastics Poster (526 kb) here.
Once your recycling bin has been collected it is sent to a local materials recovery facility where it is sorted by a combination of high tech machines and manual labour. It is important that you follow the recycling guidelines to help reduce contamination and ensure the safety of those working on the sorting lines.
It is the right of the contractor to refuse collection of recycling bins that contain contaminated or unsafe materials.
Not all recyclable products are able to be recycled at kerbside. Just because a product has a recycling symbol doesn't mean it can automatically go into your recycling bin at home. Please follow the guidelines to ensure you are putting the correct items into your recycling bin.
NEW: You can now put all your food scraps in your green bin! If you don't have a compost bin or a worm farm, simply wrap your food scraps in paper and put them in the bin. Later in 2012 residents will be able to collect a kitchen caddy and corn starch bags from council for collecting their food scraps.
Your green bin can be used for the following items:
- NEW: Food scraps (if you don't have a home compost bin or worm farm).
- Small prunings and cuttings.
- Small branches (no bigger than 50mm diameter).
- Lawn clippings.
- Cut flowers.
- Dog and cat poo (no kitty litter).
Please do not put soil, stones, bricks, plant pots, plastics and garden hoses in your green organics bin. Do not put materials in plastic bags or use bin liners.
Some items must NOT be placed in ANY bin. These include:
- All liquid waste (paint and oil)
- Building and construction waste (steel, concrete, bricks, timber and builders' rubble)
- Automobile components (including car tyres and car batteries)
- Rocks and earth
- Electrical waste (e-waste)
- Hazardous waste (toxic and household chemicals, asbestos, paints and thinners)
- Radioactive materials
- Hot ashes
- Medical waste
- Gas cylinders
- Flares, ammunition and explosives
For more information about what to put in which bin, please contact the Waste Education Officer at the City of Marion on 8375 6600 or by email email@example.com.
To ensure your bins are emptied correctly and on your collection day, you need to:
- Keep a minimum of 30cm clear around each bin.
- Keep bins one metre from any obstacle such as parked cars, letter boxes, stobie poles and street trees.
- Place bins on the kerbside by 6.00am on collection day.
- Place each bin in the right direction, that is, wheels towards the house.
- Be sure your waste is not packed too tightly and keep your bin's mass under 50kg.
- Don't overfill your bin. Make sure the bin can close.
- Place the right materials in the right bins.
City of Marion
Phone: (08) 8375 6600
Fax: (08) 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In Person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047