Waste & Recycling - Educational




This A–Z list is your detailed guide for reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for a wide variety of everyday products and household items.

What to Recyle and Where in Mount Gambier(2824 kb)

 What plastics can be recycled in Mount Gambier(1409 kb)


Over a two week period in February 2016 City of Mount Gambier staff conducted a waste audit of household rubbish, recycling and organics bins. The purpose of the audit was to see what Mount Gambier residents are doing well, and where improvement needs to be made in relation to the way we manage our waste. 

Over the two weeks, 95 household general rubbish and 95 recycling bins were audited, as well as 25 organic waste bins. The contents of each was sorted by hand (tongs). Bins were randomly selected and sorted in large batches, preserving anonymity. 

What Mount Gambier Residents are Doing Well

  • General Rubbish (small green bin)
    Generally there was not much glass or beverage containers in the rubbish bins. 
  • Recycling (large blue bin)
    There was not a great deal of contamination in the vast majority of recycling loads.
  • Organic Waste (large green bin)
    There was minimal contamination. The organics bin was the least contaminated of all three bins, only 1% contamination – an excellent result.

What Mount Gambier Residents Need to Improve

  • General Rubbish (small green bin)
    Put food in the organics bin or home compost – over 35% of the content of the general rubbish bins was food waste. 
    Try not to waste food in the first place – there were many full or half full packets and containers of food in rubbish bins.
  • Recycling (large blue bin)
    Don’t put recyclables inside plastic bags. 
    Take lids off bottles and empty the contents. 
    Make sure all containers and packages are empty and clean of food waste.
  • Organic Waste (large green bin)
    Put food in the organic waste bins – but no packaging. 
    Don’t put any plastic in the organics bin.

In summary, Mount Gambier residents are doing a reasonable job of managing their waste, but improvements can definitely be made.

When thinking about waste remember to observe the waste hierarchy

  • Avoid creating waste in the first place – e.g. buy fresh food without packaging. Put a no junk mail sticker on your letterbox, if you really want a catalogue get it from the shop when you’re there. 
  • Reduce the amount of waste, only buy what you need. 
  • Reuse items where you can – e.g. containers for storage at home. 
  • Recycle paper, cardboard and plastics in the recycling bin. Put food and garden waste in the organics bin or home compost. 
  • Dispose of everything else in the rubbish bin.

Let’s work together to make Mount Gambier a clean and green city!

Waste Profile - City of Mount Gambier 2016(336 kb)


Residents who have subscribed to the green organics bin service are able to place food scraps into their green organics bin. This food can be thrown directly into the bin or placed in a kitchen caddy. In 2016 Council provided 2000 kitchen caddies and compostable kitchen caddy bags to residents to encourage greater diversion of food waste from landfill. For information about where to purchase additional kitchen caddies or compostable kitchen caddy bags (compostable - NOT degradable or biodegrable)please refer to the following links or contact Council.

Online purchase: https://www.sourceseparationsystems.com.au/   

Local purchase is available from Banner, Bunnings, Ecologie Organics


Recycling has many benefits for both your business and the environment.

Recycling Plastic, Cardboard and Paper
Put smaller amounts in your Blue Recycling Bin. For larger amounts purchase recycling services through a local waste services contractor (listed in the Yellow Pages).

Recycling Organic Garden Waste, Timber and Food Scraps
Encourage staff to take home food scraps for chickens or home compost or purchase a fortnightly Green Organics Bin from Council. Take larger amounts to Council's Waste Transfer Station or to an organics recycler to be mulched.

Recycling E-Waste (electronic appliances), Batteries and Light Globes
Take smaller amounts to the Waste Transfer Station to be recycled. For Larger amounts purchase an E-Waste recycling service, listed in the Yellow Pages.

Recycling Hard Waste from Shop Fit-outs, Repairs and Maintenance
Put smaller amounts in your Blue Recycling Bin. For larger quantities use a local hard waste recycling service.

Did you know you can segregate paper, cardboard and plastics yourself and take to Green Triangle Recycling Centre, where collection bins are available during business hours.

Green Triangle Recycling
1 Eucalypt Drive
Mount Gambier
Phone: 08 8725 2715


Dedicated bins and bin lids provide options for people to recycle at community events.

Bin lids are available, to be hired by event organizers for use at community events in Mount Gambier. The bin lids fit on a standard 240L bin and come in three colours: yellow for drink containers (with 10c deposit), blue for recyclables and red for general waste. The bins can be coupled together to make a collection station.

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