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FRWA’s Kerbside Waste Collection Policy sets out the provisions for:

  • Kerbside waste collection services to eligible properties
  • The responsibilities of FRWA as the service provider
  • The responsibilities of the users of kerbside services for the collection of general waste, recycling and green waste
  • Conditions and charges for additional kerbside collection services

FRWA operates a two or three-bin kerbside system, depending on location.

Council AreaGeneral WasteRecyclingFood Organics and Green Organic WasteSPECIAL NOTES
*Alexandrina Effective 1 July 2016140 L blue lid and/or Exceptional Circumstances (EC) 140 L red lid fortnightly. EC bins are not collected during period of weekly collection of general waste.240 L yellow lid
240 L green lid
(township areas only)
Six weeks over the December/January Peak Holiday period
Kangaroo Island

(effective 2 October 2017
140 L red lid and/or Exceptional Circumstances (EC) 140 L blue lid fortnightly. EC bins are not collected during period of weekly collection of general waste240 L yellow lid fortnightly240 L green lid in townships areas only and for properties under 2000 square metres in sizeWEEKLY COLLECTION OF GENERAL WASTE (RED LID ONLY)
Six weeks over the December/January Peak Holiday period and week before and after Easter 2019

(effective 1 July 2018)
140 L green or blue lid** fortnightly. Exceptional Circumstances (EC) 140 L red lid fortnightly. EC bins are not collected during period of weekly collection of general waste240 L yellow lid

240 L light green lid

fortnightly (within townships/no burn zones)
Six weeks over the December/January Peak Holiday period
City of Victor Harbor
140 L blue lid
240 L yellow lid
240 L green lid
(township areas only)
Six weeks over the December/January Peak Holiday period


* Please note fortnightly kerbside collection applys to Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor, District Council of Yankalilla  and Kangaroo Island. Exceptional Circumstances bins – RED lid bin  – Alexandrina, District Council of Yankalilla and City of Victor Harbor and BLUE lid bin on Kangaroo Island are collected in same collection cycle as general waste.

PLEASE NOTE – EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES BINS (Red lid – Alexandrina, City of Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla and Blue lid on Kangaroo Island)

  • will NOT be collected during the period – 20 December 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022.

** Yankalilla is in the process of changing over to a blue lid to be consistent with other mainland councils. All new general waste bins issued in Yankalilla will have a blue lid. In the meantime, green lid general waste bins (of complying size) will continue to be collected.

Each rateable mainland property, including commercial properties, but excluding vacant land, is entitled to collection of one set of bins. Where a rateable property contains three or more dwellings, one set of bins per dwelling will be serviced.

Bins of the incorrect size or colour will not be collected.

Charges apply for the collection of additional bins (for more information on additional bins, CLICK HERE

In Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla, it is the responsibility of the ratepayer to provide their own bins. Bins can be purchased from FRWA CLICK HERE for FRWA Waste and Recycling Depot Locations.

On Kangaroo Island, bins are provided by, and remain the property of, the Kangaroo Island Council.

General Guidelines for Correct Use of Your Bins


green-tick Put bins out the night before collection or before 5:30 am on collection day. During periods of extreme heat (and fire danger) kerbside bin collections may start EARLIER than 5.30am – BINS OUT Night Before.

green-tick Place bins with the opening facing the road.

green-tick Place bins within one metre of the kerb, adjacent to the driveway.

green-tick Place bins at least ½ metre apart from each other and 1 metre away from any obstacle such as trees, stobie poles and parked cars.

green-tick Bring your bins in as soon as possible after they are emptied.

green-tick Paint your address on your bin (to minimize risk of theft and help our drivers – use oil based house paint).

green-tick Ensure the lid of your bin is fully closed.

green-tick Put the right material in the right bin.



red-cross Overfill your bins. FRWA trucks cannot lift bins weighing in excess of 75 kg.

red-cross Place your bin on private property for collection. FRWA plant or staff will not enter private property to collect bins.

red-cross Pack your bin too tightly.

red-cross Contaminate your bin with the incorrect materials for that bin.

red-cross Place your bin behind parked cars or close to stobie poles, trees or other obstructions.

red-cross If your bin is not full there is no need to put it out for collection.

red-cross If bins weigh in excess of 75 kilograms or, in the opinion of the driver, waste is not contained in a reasonable manner, or is of an inappropriate nature, the driver is authorised to decline collection of the waste. Whenever a bin is not collected because of not meeting these standards, the driver will leave a notice in the resident’s mail box or on the bin.


Which bin does it go in?

Are you unsure of which items should go in which bin? Would you like to know how to make the most efficient use of the three-bin system that operates in the FRWA area? Watch this short video to see how much difference it makes when you sort your waste correctly.

The following provides detailed information about what to put in each bin. More information is available on the Kerbside Queries and FAQs page. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, go to Contact Us to find out who to call.

General Waste Bin

(Alexandrina and Victor Harbor – 140 L blue lid bin; Yankalilla – 140 L green or blue lid bin; Kangaroo Island – 140 L red lid bin.)

Your general waste bin is only for household waste that cannot be recycled or composted. The contents of this bin are disposed of to landfill.

These items should go in your general waste bin:

  • Plastic bags, including magazine and newspaper wrapping, cereal bags and soft plastic food packaging
  • Foil-type bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bin liners
  • Bubble wrap
  • Nappies, including those labeled ‘biodegradable’
  • Cat litter (unless it is made of newspaper, which can go in the green waste bin)
  • Dog droppings in a plastic bag
  • Vacuum dust (in a bag)
  • Cigarette butts and ash
  • Old clothing, shoes and fabric
  • Irrigation and garden hoses
  • Garden tools
  • Loose plastic lids
  • Crockery and drinking glasses (wrap in newspaper)
  • Mirrors, oven-proof glass and window glass (wrap in newspaper)
  • CDs, DVDs, video and audio tapes
  • Dried-out paint


Recycling Bin

(Alexandrina, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island – 240 L yellow lid bin)

Your recycling bin is for items that can be recycled into new products by our recycling contractor. Once your recycling bin has been collected it is sent to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where it is sorted by a combination of high tech machines and manual labour. It is important that you follow the recycling guidelines to help reduce contamination and ensure the safety of those working on the sorting lines. The recycling truck driver has the right to refuse collection of recycling bins that contain contaminated or unsafe materials. Not all recyclable products are able to be recycled at kerbside. Just because a product has a recycling symbol doesn’t mean it can automatically go into your recycling bin at home. Please follow the guidelines to ensure you are putting the correct items into your recycling bin.

These items should go in your recycling bin:

  • Tins and cans
  • Metal lids, contained inside a metal can (squash it so they don’t fall out)
  • Glass bottles and jars (NOT ovenproof glass, drinking glass, window glass or mirrors)
  • Rigid plastic bottles and containers (rinsed) – ‘rigid’ refers to containers that spring back to their shape when squashed
  • Cartons eg. long life milk, custard, fruit juice (rinsed)
  • Paper, including newspaper and junk mail (NOT tissues or paper towels)
  • Egg cartons
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Clean aluminium foil, scrunched into a fist-sized or larger ball
  • Clean shredded paper, contained in a paper bag or cardboard box
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Empty, dry paint tins
  • Empty aerosol cans (the plastic lids and nozzles can go inside a plastic milk bottle)
  • Clean empty plastic plant pots
  • Household pots and pans
  • Aerosol cans(empty)
  • Aluminium rigid and semi rigid packaging including foil trays
  • Plastic Toys
  • Plastic containers
  • Laundry baskets/buckets
  • Flower/plant pots

LOOK FOR THE NEW AUSTRALASIAN RECYCLING LABELS  – which explain which parts of a package may be recyclable.

REMEMBER to rinse your bottles and jars before placing them in the recycling bin. It’s OK to leave the labels on your recyclables. Any plastic containers that bounce back to their original shape when gently crushed are suitable for recycling.

Soft plastics that do not hold their shape cannot be recycled through the kerbside system. Most supermarkets  recycle them, otherwise they need to go in your general waste bin.

DO NOT put your recyclables inside a plastic bag.


Be Proactive

  • REDUCE – always better than recycling – by purchasing products without excess packaging, you will be reducing the amount of waste and recycling you produce in the first place.
  • RINSE – containers with your leftover dishwashing water.
  • SQUASH – the containers as flat as possible so you can fit more into your recycling bin.
  • IN ADDITION – paper, cardboard, plastic and metal can be taken to South Coast Bottle and Can Co.
  • CASH IT, DON’T TRASH IT –  take your CDL (container deposit legislation) cans and bottles to South Coast Bottle and Can Co to recover the 10c deposit.

Green Waste Bin (where applicable)

(Alexandrina, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island township areas – 240 L green lid bin.)

The contents of your green waste bin are taken to FRWA composting contractor  – Peat’s Soils or Kangaroo Island Resource Recovery Centre to go in the In-vessel composting system, where they are composted to produce high-quality garden compost. Only compostable materials can go in your green waste bin, including food scraps and garden trimmings. Remember the motto: “If it grows, in it goes!”

Everything on this list can go in your green waste bin:

  • Food scraps and peels
  • Cake and bread scraps
  • Dog and other pet poo  – wrapped lightly in paper or in a compostable bag
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Meat , poultry and seafood bones and fat
  • Egg shells and soft shellfish casings
  • Cheese and yoghurt
  • Leftovers
  • Takeaway foods (eg. pizza and chips)
  • Compostable corn or other plant based starch bags that meet Australian Standard 4736
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Small amounts of cooking oil
  • Hair (human and pet hair)
  • Pizza boxes that have food stuck to them
  • Soiled straw or shredded paper animal bedding
  • Wood ash (let it cool down first)
  • Lawn clippings
  • Sawdust
  • Leaves, twigs and flowers
  • Fallen leaves and fruit
  • Prunings
  • Branches up to 15 cm diameter
  • Weeds (shake off as much soil as you can)

You can put food scraps loose into your green waste bin, or wrap them in newspaper or put them in a compostable bag to avoid any odour  (use only a Compostable bag that meet Australian Standard 4736) – look for the green Australian standard symbol.


DO NOT put any plastic bags in your green waste bin. This includes ‘degradable’ or ‘biodegradable’ doggy waste bags which are plastic – they ‘breakdown’ into smaller pieces of plastic and plastic is forever!

DO NOT put nappies in your green waste bin, even if they say ‘biodegradable’ or ‘degradable’. All nappies must go in the general waste bin.

DO NOT put vacuum cleaner dust or cigarette butts or cigarette ash in your green waste bin. These items must go in the general waste bin.

DO NOT put soil, stones, bricks, plant pots, plastics and garden hoses in your green waste bin.

Green waste bins will be audited for contamination from time to time.

If there are contaminants found in your bin, it will be identified with a ‘bin contamination’ sticker, and your bin will not be collected. PLEASE NOTE: FRWA will not continue to service green waste bins that are regularly contaminated.


Items That Cannot Go In Any Bin

Some items must NOT be placed in ANY bin. These include:

  • All liquid waste (paint and oil)
  • E-waste – anything with a plug
  • Building and construction waste (steel, concrete, bricks, timber and builders’ rubble)
  • Automobile components (including car tyres and car batteries)
  • Rocks and earth
  • Electrical waste (e-waste)
  • Hazardous waste (toxic and household chemicals, asbestos, paints and thinners)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Hot ashes
  • Medical waste
  • Gas cylinders
  • Flares, ammunition and explosives

For more information on how to dispose of these ‘tricky waste’ items, go to Items Accepted at Waste & Recycling Depots.