Waste & recycling for business

Kerbside waste disposal services for city businesses

Keeping the city and North Adelaide clean is one of the many tasks provided by the City of Adelaide’s Public Realm Team. It helps keep the area tidy and visually appealing, not to mention hygienic.

The Council provides kerbside waste and recycling services to businesses that generate small volumes of waste and recycling, similar to that generated by a residential premises.

It collects:

  • 1 x Waste bin – collected weekly 140-litre (red lid)
  • 1 x Recycling bin – collected fortnightly 240-litre (yellow lid)
  • Commercial cardboard - collected weekly.

Collection calendar

Download the Small Business Waste and Recycling Calendar 2022 to see which day your bins are collected:

Tip! Why not print these calendars and post them on the back door of your business?

Kerbside cardboard collection service

A weekly kerbside cardboard collection enables small businesses to present up to 0.25m3 of flattened cardboard on the footpath for recycling.

Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied with string or nylon (not wire or cable), or placed inside another cardboard box and placed on the nearest serviced kerb ready for collection by 6:00 pm but not before 3:00 pm on their designated collection day. 

Please note: collection days that fall on a Public Holiday will be collected the following business day.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to 8203 7203 or send an email.

Internal recycling bins for business

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, City of Adelaide has a limited offer available to businesses serviced by our kerbside waste and recycling service dedicated small indoor (60L) yellow recycling bins.

A small indoor yellow recycling bin can help make it easier to separate valuable recyclable materials at the source which will reduce contamination in the recycling stream and also reduce the amount of materials sent to landfill. This contributes to the City of Adelaide’s goal of becoming the ‘first-zero waste’ city in Australia.

Small businesses can request their free small indoor yellow recycling bins which will be delivered to your business along with additional education material for staff.

Order your internal recycling bin now.

Disposal of liquid waste

Do not dump petroleum products, fats, oils, greases or industrial solvents down any drain, public stormwater sewer, or outside ground surface.

Your Responsibilities

  • Contact a licensed liquid waste disposal company to dispose of liquid waste properly.
  • Ensure liquid container lids are secure while in transportation to avoid spills.
  • Keep absorbent material (cat litter, paper towels) on your premise in the event of a liquid spill.
  • Report liquid waste spills immediately to EPA or Council.

Reporting Liquid Spills or Illegal Dumping

If you observe any liquid spills or illegal dumping, please report this to EPA or Council immediately and provide a location and description of the incident.

Resource Recovery (Organics, Recycling and Waste) Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2028

The new Resource Recovery (organics, recycling and waste) Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2028 provides an eight-year framework to redefine the concept of waste, recover more resources, and build a circular economy in the City of Adelaide.

Read the Resource Recovery Strategy here

Read the Resource Recovery Action Plan here

There are five priority items which will help us achieve the vision of becoming the first zero waste city in Australia

  • eliminate food waste 
  • improve education and outreach 
  • foster technology and innovation 
  • prioritise resource recovery 
  • advocate for change in the waste space.

To target the diverse users of our city, programs will be positioned to support our residents and the community, those residing in multi-unit dwellings, our business community, public spaces and the City of Adelaide's own operations.