Waste and Recycling

Waste is defined as materials or products that are unwanted or have been discarded, rejected or abandoned.

Waste includes materials or products that are recycled, converted to energy, or disposed of. Materials and products that are reused (for their original purpose and without reprocessing) are not waste because they remain in use. Waste typically arises from three streams:

  • domestic and municipal—includes all household waste and waste collected in public places;
  • commercial and industrial waste from all business and industrial activities and public institutions; and
  • construction and demolition—includes all waste from the building and construction industry.

Council with its subsidiary NAWMA (Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority) provide waste management services to the Town of Gawler.

NAWMA is a regional subsidiary formed under the Local Government Act (SA) 1999 to provide best practice waste management and resource recovery services. NAWMA receives and processes material for the Town of Gawler.

The local waste, recycling and resource recovery operations that NAWMA undertakes on behalf of the Town of Gawler have significant environmental, economic, and social benefits for current and future generations. NAWMA represents not only excellence in environmental leadership, but works collaboratively as a Regional Waste Management Subsidiary to deliver economies of scale and efficiencies in service and infrastructure delivery.

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.

2019 NAWMA Kerbside Bin Collection Calendars
NAWMA’s new look kerbside bin collection calendars are now available from NAWMA's website. There are two different collection calendars for each council – Week 1 and Week 2. If you are unsure of which week your collection is, you can check here.

Hard copy calendars are available from the Gawler Administration Centre, 43 High Street, Gawler East

If you would prefer a calendar posted to you in the mail, please call the NAWMA Customer Service Team on 8259 2100.

Calendars can also be downloaded here:
Nawma Collection Calendar 2020 Town Of Gawler Week 1
Nawma Collection Calendar 2020 Town Of Gawler Rural Week 2
Nawma Kerbside Bin Collection Map Streets List

Further Information

The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority has two Resource Recovery Centres (RRC) where residents of the Salisbury, Playford and Gawler Councils can donate, recycle and dispose of a range of items.

When visiting the RRC in Edinburgh North, you can donate good quality items for reuse including household, building and garden items. The Salvage & Save retail operation is a not-for-profit recycled goods shop that promotes recycling while providing employment to local people with disabilities.

You can also recycle a number of items at the RCC facilities, dispose of general waste and deposit large volumes of green waste for composting.

Many waste products can be delivered free of charge to the Waste Transfer Station, including:

  • Metal
  • E-Waste
  • Cardboard
  • Clean film plastic
  • Car batteries
  • Polystyrene
  • Paint (visit Paintback for accepted items)

Other material which can be delivered to the station include:

  • Waste Oil
  • Car Tyres
  • Mattresses
  • Gas cylinders
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Concrete
  • Cleanfill
  • Household batteries
  • X-rays

For prices and further information including opening hours, please visit the NAWMA website.

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.

  • 140 litre red lid household waste bin;
  • 240 litre yellow lid recyclables bin; and
  • 240 litre green lid bin for garden and food organics.

New Bins
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. Phone 08 8259 2100 or visit the NAWMA website for more details.

Bin collection days
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 detailed on the NAWMA website.

Bins should be placed on the kerb, with wheels closest to your home, by 7am 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.

What goes in my recycling bin?

For further information please visit the NAWMA or Recycle Right websites.

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.

What happens to the food and garden organics?
NAWMA’s Food and Garden 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.

The organic material is delivered to Peats Soils for processing. For residents who participate in the food and garden 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.

NAWMA’s Food and Garden Organics collection is an opt-in service for the residents of the three Constituent Councils. In the 2017-18 financial year, 60,465 residents participated in the service with an overall engagement rate of 54.9%.

What goes in my green bin?
The food and garden 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.

Contaminants such as plastics, rocks 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 food and garden organics in plastic bags of any type.


For further information on what goes in the food and garden organics bin, visit Recycle Right.

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

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

Soft Plastic Collection at Participating Supermarkets - REDcycle Program

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.

For further information visit REDcycle.

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 ecowaste@cbsbins.com.au or call 08 8524 1103.