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Waste and Recycling

NAWMA – Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority

NAWMA manages waste and resource recovery activities for the Town of Gawler, the Cities of Playford and Salisbury, The Barossa Council and other regional Councils. They work closely with Local Government, industry and residents in developing a sustainable and integrated, long-term approach to recycling and environmentally responsible waste disposal.

Further Information

NAWMA operates a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Centre at its Edinburgh North site on Bellchambers Road (Gate 3).  This facility includes:

  • a drive-through Waste Transfer Station for people to bring in their own waste products including materials for recycling; and

  • Salvage & Save retail operation offering quality second-hand building and household products to the community.

Many waste products can be delivered free of charge to the Waste Transfer Station. The station accepts general and green waste material.

Please note due to WH&S issues closed in shoes must be worn at all times in the Waste Transfer Station when disposing of waste.

NAWMA manages kerbside waste, recycling and garden and food organics collection services for about 115,000 properties throughout the Gawler, Playford, Salisbury and Barossa Council areas. Almost 300,000 individual bins require delivery, registration, regular emptying, maintenance and replacement.

NAWMA runs extensive education and community awareness programs on its leading edge waste management operations.

  • 140 litre red lid household waste bin;

  • 240 litre yellow lid recyclables bin; and

  • 240 litre green lid bin for garden and food organics.

NAWMA residents can purchase a brand new 240 litre bin for garden organics from us for just $56 pick up or for $65 we will deliver. Ring free-call 1800 111 004 for more details.

Household waste bins are emptied weekly and recyclables bins fortnightly. Garden and food organics bins are emptied on the alternate week to the collection of recyclables.

Collection dates are clearly marked on the NAWMA calendar that is circulated each year to residents. Bins should be placed on the kerb, with wheels closest to your home, by 7.00am on the day of collection. Keep a minimum of 30cm distance between each bin, and keep the bins clear of parked vehicles and other obstructions such as trees and electricity poles.

In line with NAWMA's commitment to environmental sustainability, kerbside collection is carried out by a fleet of trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and noise. The trucks are fitted with on-board computers to capture data allowing monitoring of operations to ensure timely and efficient collection services.

For further information, ring the freecall number 1800 111 004 (fees may apply from mobiles) or (08) 8259 2100.

To make sure you do not miss your Garden & Food Organics collection ensure you have your big yellow sticker clearly showing on the front of your 240 litre green lidded Garden & Organics bin - should you require a new sticker just ring NAWMA on free-call 1800 111 004 (*NOTE some Councils only cover one bin collection per property in the rate system, additional bin collections may incur an extra annual fee)

We can learn a lot from nature, especially when it comes to putting goodness back into the soil.

Nature wastes little. Fallen leaves, dying plants, fallen fruit and flowers are worked upon by millions of bacteria and enzymes to help them decompose and naturally fertilise the soil. Eventually even broken twigs and branches will be reduced to supplement the soil and nurture new plant life.

This is recycling at its best. But Nature has its limitations including being able to cope with the abundance of plants that flourish in urban gardens.

NAWMA’s garden and food organics collection service helps Nature’s course because the material is composted and the natural goodness is returned to the soil to help plants grow and maintain a healthy environment.

In 2015-16, a total of 19,250.52 tonnes of organics were collected from households, this is higher than last year even with the dry weather we experienced during the past 12 months. As at 30 June 2016, nearly 52 per cent of households in the region participate in this voluntary collection service.

In addition, 10,457.24 tonnes of organics, comprising street sweepings, stormwater silt and bulk garden organics, were collected at the Salisbury Waste Transfer Station, Gawler Transfer Station and NAWMA's Resource Recovery Centre.

The organic material is now being delivered to our new contractor Peats Soils for processing. For residents who participate in the garden and food organics collection, Peats are making available - free of charge - a durable, kitchen bench-top basket specially designed for this process. These baskets can be collected from your local Council office or NAWMA's Salvage & Save Shop, Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.

Food organics collected in the bench-top basket can be emptied into the garden organics bin for kerbside collection.

You may elect to purchase a new 240 litre wheelie bin for garden and food organics - residents can purchase a brand new bin from us for $56 to pick up or for $65 we will deliver. Please ring the freecall number 1800 111 004 of 8259 2100 for more details.

A second hand bin may also be used providing it has a capacity of 240 litre and has a green lid.

NAWMA provides garden and food organics collection on the alternate week to recycling collection.

All garden and food organics bins must be registered with NAWMA. After registering, you will receive a large coloured sticker that should be placed on the front panel of the bin. A collection driver will not empty a garden and food organics bin unless the sticker is prominently located on the bin.

The garden and food organics collection is for items that were once alive ie prunings (not greater than 100mm in diameter), grass clippings, foodscraps, shedded paper, tissues, weeds, leaves and flowers. The waste should be as free of soil as possible. Peats processing now includes food organics, this will provide new impetus in the reduction of waste to landfill. For residents who participate in the regions garden and food organics collection, Peats makes available free of charge, a durable, kitchen bench-top basket specially designed for this process. These can be collected from your local Council office or NAWMA's front office.

Food organics collected in the bench-top basket can be emptied into the garden organics bin for kerbside collection.

Contaminants such as plastics and tins should not be placed in the bin as they render the garden and food organics unsuitable for recycling. Do not use bin liners or put garden and food organics in plastic bags of any type.

If you are already registered for the Garden Organics collection and would like one of Peats kitchen bench-top food organics baskets just pick one up next time you visit your local Council office or pop in and collect one direct from The Salvage & Save Shop, Gate 3 Bellchambers Roads, Edinburgh North.

Soft Plastic Collection at Participating Supermarkets

Australians use millions of plastic bags every day. Most of these end up in landfill or find their way into waterways, along with other soft plastics such as bubble wrap and cling wrap. These plastics can not go in kerbside recycling bins as they wreak havoc on machinery at recycling facilities. Of course, the most sustainable approach to the issue of our plastic surplus is to cut back on plastic packaging as much as possible. However, there is an alternative to throwing any soft plastics you do have in your rubbish bin. Simply collect your soft plastics and drop off at your nearest participating supermarket.

Plastic bag collection points in supermarkets are not solely for plastics bags, but for all soft plastics including

  • biscuit packets
  • bread bags
  • bubble wrap
  • cat and dog food bags
  • cereal box liners
  • snack bar wrappers
  • cling wrap
  • confectionary bags
  • frozen food bags
  • green bags
  • netting produce bags (remove metal clips)
  • pasta bags
  • plastic wrap from nappies and toilet paper
  • rice bags
  • zip lock bags
  • squeeze pouches (eg, yoghurt and baby food)

Please make sure the plastic is as clean and dry as possible!
If you are unsure of whether something can be placed in the soft plastics recycling bin, do the scrunch test: if the plastic can be scrunched into a ball it CAN be placed in the soft plastic collection points at participating supermarkets.

Soft Plastics Recycling Trial in the Town of Gawler

Since July 2013 the Gawler Environment Centre has helped facilitate a soft plastics kerbside collection trial. This ongoing trial is a collaboration between NAWMA and SUEZ and gives residents in the Town of Gawler area the opportunity to recycle plastics through the yellow-lid recycling bin. If you live in the Gawler area and have your recycling collected by NAWMA fortnightly you can take part in this trial by following the below steps:

- Sign up and collect a yellow plastics bag from the Gawler Environment Centre

- Fill the bag with soft plastics

- Squeeze out the air and tie off the bag

- Put the bag in the yellow-lid recycling bin

This trial includes soft plastics that do not return to their original shape when squashed, excluding silver backed plastics (these can be recycled in the soft plastics bins at participating supermarkets).

For further information, or to participate, please see further information at Gawler Environment Centre.

John Dee, the founder of Planet Arc, has been working on a new campaign and launched Do Something!

Australians love their food but unfortunately we often 'over shop'. Food is the one thing that unifies us. We love it. We eat it. It brings us together and it sustains us. The sights and sounds of food encourage us to eat more, but as we do, we also throw more of it away.

Food Waste is a waste of money!

Often items are bought with the intention of being cooked but end up being left too long and going off because we over shop that item and can't think what to do with it. John has worked with some local and international chefs including; Maggie Beer, Kylie Kwong, Curtis Stone, even Paul McCartney has added some recipes for the 'Meat Free Monday' section.

These are all included in the Recipe Room on his foodwise website so you can enter the item you have left over ie an avacado and it will give you recipes that use that ingredient

Eco Waste Solutions is a family run and operated waste recycling facility in Willaston.  This facility offers a local alternative to the residents of the Town of Gawler, accepting all hard waste and green waste.   Eco Waste aims to incorporate recycling and reuse of waste products, making South Australia a cleaner greener place to live.

For further information including operating hours, email or call 08 8524 1103.