Recycle every week over the summer peak (green and yellow)
Monday 18th December to Friday 26th January
The collection of green organics and yellow recycling bins will switch to weekly pick-ups over the peak summer period.
The summer cycle starts Monday 18 December 2023 and ends Friday 26 January 2024.
The collection of blue bins for general landfill waste will remain fortnightly.
Don’t forget to place your bins out the night before over this busy time.
Christmas week - bin collections will be one day later
Christmas week is yellow and green bin collection, and all collections will be undertaken a day later.
Monday collection → Tuesday 26 December
Tuesday collection → Wednesday 27 December
Wednesday collection → Thursday 28 December
Thursday collection → Friday 29 December
Friday collection → Saturday 30 December
Missed bin? Leave it out for 24 hours
During this peak time, the time your bin is collected may change. Ensure you don’t miss our early run by having your bin out the night before. Our dedicated drivers will be working till late in the afternoon, so please be patient and leave your bin out, even if your usual time is early morning.
Due to the increased service, occasionally a street or area may need to be emptied the next day. If your street is not collected on your usual day, please leave your bin out for another 24 hours.
If your individual bin has been missed, please fill out a report a missed bin form or call the FRWA customer service team on 8555 7405.
Need extra collection this summer?
Out-of-cycle paid collection
If needed, a general waste bin out-of-cycle collection is available for $34 ($12 subsequent bins at the same time).
To book and pay for an additional collection, call our customer service team on 8555 7405 with two business days’ notice.
In-cycle extra bin paid collection
Do you have an extra bin that needs collection along with your usual collection? FRWA offers a collection of additional complying bins in-cycle for $12 per bin. Complying bins can be purchased and collected from our Strathalbyn, Kangaroo Island, Yankalilla and Goolwa depots. General waste bins [blue/red] are $71 and recycling [yellow and green] cost $78.
To book, call the day before your standard collection day – FRWA customer service team on 8555 7405
Take your bin for a spin … empty it at one of our Waste and Recycling Depots
You can also take your blue and green bins to one of our depots during opening hours for disposal – $6.00 per bin or $4.00 per bag (no fee on Kangaroo Island due to council subsidy).
Your yellow recycling bin is free to empty at the depot.
Bin collection will occur on public holidays, except Christmas Day. See the ‘Christmas week’ heading for details.
Waste and Recycling Depots
Goolwa, Yankalilla and Strathalbyn – closed all public holidays
Kangaroo Island – open public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Customer service and FRWA office
Our customer service and office are closed on public holidays.
Give a gift to the environment this Christmas - Prawn shells, ham bones, foil trays and wrapping paper
Over Christmas and New Year, we often create different types of waste. Choice.com.au advises that waste output increase by 30% around Christmas – ouch!
Festive season food, paper serviettes and plates
Did you know that prawn and oyster shells, meat bones, dairy and bread go in the green bin? That’s right, feed food scraps to your green bin to reduce waste from landfill and help return valuable nutrients to our environment.
Paper towels, tissues and paper serviettes can also go in the green bin.
When buying your disposable plates and cutlery, look for compostable (not just biodegradable) ones to recycle them in your green bin.
Aluminium trays and foil
What about those little alfoil trays for Christmas mince pins or the larger trays used to keep the turkey slices warm? Clean trays and aluminium foil can be scrunched together into a ball and recycled in the yellow bin. Greasy trays need to be washed clean or placed in the blue bin.
Christmas is the time for batteries. Dead batteries should NEVER be placed in any bin – they are a fire hazard for the waste processor, hazardous to the environment and contain 95% reusable components.
Tape the terminals with sticky tape and collect them separately.
Check https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/batteries for storage and disposal details. All of our depots take household batteries for free, as well as numerous retail sites like Woolworths, Officeworks and Battery World.
With all that unwrapping, don’t forget to ‘call it a wrap’ by placing it in the yellow bin. Paper wrapping can be recycled, but plastic/foil paper and ribbons need to go in the blue bin.
Depot details and prices: https://fleurieuregionalwasteauthority.com.au/waste-recycling/depot-locations-price-lists/
Customer service phone: 8555 7405
Have a wonderful and safe festive and summer season.