Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping

It is an offence to dispose of litter onto any land or into any waters. Significant penalties apply depending on the type and amount of litter. 

Penalties range from a $210 - $1,000 expiation fee or, if legal action is taken, a maximum penalty of $5,000 - $120,000.

If you fail to remove dumped items when asked to do so by a Council officer you face a $210 on the spot fine or a maximum penalty of $5,000. 


Reporting illegal dumping

If you see someone dumping rubbish or household items call us on 8416 6333 or email the Service Centre.

You can help our investigations by telling us as much as possible about what you saw, including:

  • where the dumping took place

  • the date/day and time

  • description of the person or people involved

  • description of the vehicle and registration number

  • amount and type of waste.

This information must only be obtained if it can be done so safely.


Disposing of unwanted items

Options for disposing of unwanted household items:

  • at call (booked) hard waste collection

  • Free waste voucher

  • free e-waste disposal

  • waste transfer stations

  • recycle or donate for reuse

At call (booked) hard waste collection

We provide two (2) free at call (booked) collections per household.

Find out more about the hard waste collection service.


Free waste disposal voucher

We offer a voucher for free waste disposal at

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre at 181 Morphett Road, North Plympton.

The voucher is limited to one free waste disposal per property per financial year for a 6 x 4 trailer load or equivalent of waste.

Collect your voucher from the Civic Centre. Proof of residency or ownership is required.  The voucher is valid for one month from the date of issue.


Free e-waste disposal


See Electronic and electrical waste


Waste transfer stations

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, Plympton

View opening times for the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre.

Accepts electronic & electrical items (e-waste) free of charge from residents.

You will need proof of residence for items other than TVs and computer equipment.

Find out more about e-waste disposal

Metro Waste Services

19 - 25 Murray Street, Thebarton.

View opening times for Metro Waste Services.


Recycle or donate

If you have unwanted items in good condition you can:

  • give them to a *not-for-profit organisation (charity or Op Shop)

  • place them on your property with a sign offering them for free 

  • contact a business that recycles the items

*To locate local not-for-profit organisations, download a copy of Council's Community Directory or pick up a copy from the Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton.

Placing items outside of your property without a hard waste booking is illegal.


Shopping trolleys

When you use a shopping trolley, it is your responsibility to return it to the bays provided or to the store.

Shopping trolleys not returned and left in a public place are considered to be illegally dumped. They can be a hazard to road users and pedestrians as well as being unsightly in our parks and reserves.

The cost of collecting and replacing abandoned trolleys is paid for by the customer through increased product prices.

If you find an abandoned shopping trolley contact:

  • Coles Kurralta Park: 1800 876 553

  • Coles Plympton: 1800 876 553

  • Foodland Fulham: 8356 5536

  • Foodland Thebarton: 8352 6855

  • Foodland Torrensville: 8152 5100

  • IGA Brooklyn Park: 8443 8154

  • IGA Novar Gardens: 8294 5277

  • KMart Kurralta Park: 8297 1866

  • Officeworks: 8299 9500

  • Woolworths Hilton: 1800 641 497

For all Woolworths trolleys visit the Trolley Tracker website.

For all Coles trolleys visit the Coles web site or download the Coles supermarkets app for your mobile device.

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