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Guide to Waste Management in Adelaide

Waste management is an important aspect of running every city. The local government is the one responsible in ensuring that the city has effective and efficient practices in disposing of waste. Management of waste is not simply about segregating recyclables, biodegradable and non-biodegradable. The management is a process that involves different actions and devices such as the skip bins we supply that are necessary to safely dispose of waste. It involves activities such as collection from houses or drop points, transport to the waste center, treatment, disposal and monitoring. It also involves monitoring. Like most cities, the city of Adelaide also follows certain practices and guidelines in managing their waste.

City of Adelaide

Adelaide is South Australia’s capital city and is the fifth most populated city in the whole of Australia. Its estimated population is 1.3 million as of June 2014. The city has popular landmarks such as Victoria Square, Elder Park, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Glenelg beach side suburb, and others. With a huge population and several known landmarks, the city really needs to have proper waste management practices and system.

Waste Management System

Adelaide and other cities in Australia follow and implement a general flow of waste management system. It has five steps that include tenancy or dwelling, disposal point, aggregation and storage, bin presentation and collection.

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Tenancy or Dwelling

The tenants and residents separate their wastes according to categories. Generally, they are required to separate the recyclables from waste. The physical infrastructure provided by the city government are local storage bins in tenancies or dwelling.

Disposal Point

The residents or tenants have the duty of disposing the waste into waste chutes or larger bins. These bins or chutes are situated in assigned areas where there are bigger storage or disposal rooms, chutes, bins or access routes.

Aggregation and Storage

The third step involves the use of an even bigger bins and equipment. The wastes are stored so there is reduction in volume. The physical infrastructure used are storage areas or rooms, balers, compactors and bins.

Bin Presentation

This step involves relocation of the wastes stored in storage bins. The bins are transported to areas assigned as recycling and collection points. The physical infrastructure used are lifts, trolleys, access routes, and presentation areas or rooms.


This last step involves the emptying of bins or collection of waste for disposal. There are designated external locations where the wastes are disposed. The physical infrastructure used are loading areas, turning areas, access roads and collection vehicles.

These waste management practices and the operational activities and physical infrastructure involved are part of the system implemented in residential areas and cities with medium to high density populations.

Waste and Recycling Collection Services

To systematically enforce the proper waste management system, the city council of Adelaide has been implementing a waste collection and recycling service that involve the use of three different bins. The collection of waste is done on a weekly basis. The council has designated the 140-liter lid bin for the weekly waste collection. The color red is used to distinguish it from other kinds of waste.

The recyclable wastes are collected fortnightly or every two weeks. The council assigned the 240-liter lid bin for recyclables. The color yellow is used for easy identification of the type of waste. Lastly, organic wastes are collected every two weeks also. The 240-liter lid bin is also used. The color is lime green so both the residents and collectors can distinguish it from the bins meant for recyclables.

Aside from the general schedule of collection, the city council also regularly release a calendar of specific schedules for waste collection and recycling. The calendar outlines that particular dates wastes are going to be collected. To help and motivate the residents to perform their duties in so far as the proper waste management is concerned, the city council provides the residents with corn starch liner bags and organics caddy. In this way, they can easily and simply separate food waste from non-biodegradable ones. They also give residents the option to downsize 240-liter bins if these are too big for their waste collection and disposal needs. The smaller bins are designed for residents that have less recycling requirements and have smaller courtyards. Basically, the smaller size is meant for city living lifestyle.

The city of Adelaide is home to majority of the population of South Australia. More than 70% of the state’s populace live in the city. With this, there is really a need to enforce a waste management that is very systematic, efficient and effective. The general guide above should give light to those who are not fully informed.

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