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Waste Management

Bin Collections

The City of Playford works alongside Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) to provide waste and recycling services to businesses and residents in Playford.

Visit the NAWMA website for information on bin collection days, which bin to use, reporting a missed bin collection, and organising new bins for your new home.

If you forget what bin week it is, or forget to put the bins out altogether, why not download the My Playford mobile app and set up bin date reminders.

My Playford mobile app can be downloaded for free on your iOS or Android mobile phone by searching “My Playford” in the App Store or Play Store.

Free Hard-Waste Collections

Residents in Playford can use two free at-call hard-waste pick ups, or hard-waste vouchers, per financial year to dispose their hard-waste items that they cannot place in kerbside bins.

Learn more about the types of items that can be picked up as part of hard-waste collection via the NAWMA website.

Book a hard-waste service or request a hard-waste voucher direct from NAWMA. Please note, home collections may take four to six weeks from the time of booking.

Illegal Dumping

The deliberate disposal of materials onto public or private land is known as illegal dumping, costing the City of Playford community approximately $1 million every year – it also causes environmental damage, while decreasing property value.

What are the penalties?

Illegal dumping is a criminal offence, with penalties of an up to $1,000 on-the-spot fine. For serious offences, dumping can attract fines of up to $120,000 or imprisonment for two years.

To submit a request to Council:

To report an issue or lodge a request for service:

Abandoned Trolleys

Abandoned shopping trolleys make our streets and public spaces look untidy, and can also create unsafe situations for motorists and pedestrians. Help keep our community looking tidy by returning shopping trolleys to the nearest trolley collection bay or report for collection using the methods below.

Disposing of Other Waste Items

Many items can be deposited at the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA)’s Resource Recovery Centre free of charge:

Visit NAWMA’s website for a full list. If you have standard household batteries lying around, these can be placed in a battery drop-off bucket at Council libraries.

E-waste, such as televisions and computers, can be disposed of at your local Bunnings or Officeworks stores.

Asbestos is a hazardous item that must be disposed of appropriately. Council takes inappropriate disposal of asbestos seriously, as it can pose a significant health risk to the community.

Green organics

Did you know all organic garden waste and food waste is composted when placed in your green bin?

The fortnightly green bin collection is processed by Peats into compost to be used at homes and on farms throughout South Australia. It is a great way to reduce the amount of material going to landfill and making sure your food waste goes to good use.

What goes in the green bin?

Just think ‘if it grows, it goes’. All garden prunings and cuttings, lawn clippings, twigs and leaves. Even food scraps, bones, tea leaves, coffee grounds, paper towel and tissues, cardboard pizza boxes and pet poop goes in your green bin. Learn more about what goes in and what stays out here.

I don’t have a green bin.

You can obtain a green bin (which comes with a convenient kitchen caddy) by contacting NAWMA on or calling 8259 2100.

Want to join the Fight against Food Waste? Click Here for more information about our Fight Food Waste initiative.

Tips to make it easy and mess free
  • By placing your food waste into a bowl, ice cream container or kitchen caddy lined with a paper towel or a newspaper
  • By purchasing and using compostable bags (though avoid those labelled “biodegradable” as they don’t break down appropriately)
  • Add a couple of handfuls of dead leaves into the bin to reduce smells

Kitchen caddies and bags now available for purchase

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Kitchen caddy and compostable bags

While any container can be used to gather food scraps to place into your green bin, a caddy and compostable bags can make it even easier to divert your food scraps into your green bin or compost at home.

Ventilated kitchen caddies and compostable liner bags are now available for purchase at the Civic Centre.

Using a kitchen caddy can make it easier for you to separate your food waste from your general waste.

How much will they cost?

  • A ventilated caddy with a roll of 75 compostable bags is $8.00
  • Replacement rolls of 75 compostable bags are $5.00 each.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I purchase a ventilated kitchen caddy?

Kitchen caddies and replacement compostable bags can be purchased from the Civic Centre: 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth 5112. Any resident wishing to engage in the green waste program can purchase a 240litre green bin from NAWMA. These come with a ventilated kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable bags.

Why is Council charging for kitchen caddies?

The charge covers the cost of the caddies and bags, so ratepayers are not out of pocket, but neither is Council making money from the sale of caddies/bags.

What can I put in my kitchen caddy?

All cooked and raw food scraps can go into your kitchen caddy. This includes all fruit and vegetables including citrus, meat scraps, bones, cheese and yoghurt, spoiled food, seafood, eggshells, teabags, tea leaves, coffee grounds, bread, cooked leftovers and scraps, tissues, paper towels, shredded paper, oily cardboard or paper food containers such as pizza boxes, hair and nail clippings.

How can I reduce smells from my kitchen caddy?

Odours are rarely an issue with a ventilated caddy and bags. However, changing the bag in your kitchen caddy every 2-3 days helps prevent odours.

I don’t have a green bin, how do I get one?

Residents who don’t have a green bin can purchase a 240Litre green wheelie bin from NAWMA for $57. This includes delivery to their home, a kitchen caddy and the first roll of bags.

Purchase your green bin here.

Can I use compostable liner bags in my closed caddy?

Compostable liner bags are not recommended for closed caddies as they start to break-down and may split when pulled out of closed caddies. Compostable bags are designed to work well with ventilated caddies and smell is not an issue.

Can I use plastic bags in my kitchen caddy?

Never use plastic bags as they contaminate the compost made from the contents of the green bins.

How often should I change the bag in my ventilated kitchen caddy?

After 2 -3 days, tie off the compostable bag and place it in your green bin.