Rubbish removal Adelaide: Just when you thought you had got through the annual waste management cost increases, the South Australia EPA has announced a surprise price increase for disposal of rubbish at landfill in Adelaide. You can find a link to a comprehensive summary of the cost increase on the South Australia EPA page here, you can also access useful information through our waste resources page.



Note: You can check out some of the other articles we have posted on arranging high quality waste services in Adelaide recently such as waste collection Adelaide. You can also see articles we have published on rubbish removal Perth, rubbish removal Melbourne, rubbish removal Brisbane and why the weight of rubbish matters.


Rubbish removal Adelaide – surprise levy increase


The South Australia waste levy for disposal of waste at landfill has increased from $62.00 a tonne in metro Adelaide during 2016/2017 to $140.00 from 1st Jan 2020 – representing an increase of almost over 100% in just a couple of years.


There is no doubt that this increase will represent a real issue for many struggling businesses in the current economic climate of energy and other input cost inflation.


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The State official press release –  key highlights regarding the levy are:


The levy will increase in stages from $62 to $103 a tonne by 2019/20, raising an additional $64 million over the four years.


 – All extra funding received will be reinvested into waste, environmental and climate change programs including funding initiatives to help recycle waste.


 – Putting a higher price on waste will incentivise councils and industry to dump less in landfill and expand and create new industries in processing and reuse, furthering South Australia’s reputation as thenation’s leading recycler.


 – The metropolitan Solid Waste Levy will increase from $62 per tonne on 1 July 2016 to $76 on 1 September 2016, $87 in 2017-18, $100 in 2018-19 and $103 in 2019-20. The solid waste levy in non metropolitan areas is half the metropolitan levy.


Have you already had a rubbish removal Adelaide up-rate letter?


The majority of waste management customers in Adelaide will already have received an uprate letter from their waste collection and recycling supplier. We covered uprate letters in a recent blog.


It is never fun to receive a letter that your prices are increasing – especially at the start of a new financial year as your plans for financial success often depend on controlling costs. This new levy increase means that many businesses should expect further price increases in the months ahead – and continuing large jumps in the years ahead.


To provide an estimate of how the levy increase has impacted on the bottom line of an average customer we take the example of a cafe business with a 3m General Waste bin collected 3 times a week.


In this instance, the customer could expect a cost increase of c. $23.40 per bin collected or an annual cost impact of $3,650 – and this is just due to the increase between 30 June 2016 and 1 Jan 2020.  Of course there will likely be other increases in that time due to CPI and other cost inputs.


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What steps can a business take to minimise the cost impact?


Increasing costs from disposing of general waste are to be expected as State governments place more emphasis on recycling and the environment (and use waste levies as a means to raise revenue). Steps that Waster would suggest to small and medium include starting by drawing up a waste management plan. Once you have a plan in place you can pursue efforts to optimise your selection of wheelie bin sizes and boosting efforts to increase recycling waste.


We have written articles in recent months covering opportunities to boost recycling and hence avoid the waste levy impact. I suppose this is what the State Government is aiming to achieve after all! You can look at our articles to give you recycling and cost reducing ideas under organic waste solutions, grease trap cleaning, commingled recycling or free cardboard recycling. You may even be able to achieve government rebates for recycling in certain areas.


Can Waster help your business reduce rubbish removal Adelaide costs?

Waster can help your business by offering flexible, low cost waste collection services that will keep any cost increases to a minimum. You really should check our costs in our online waste shop just to see if you are getting good value under your current agreement. How easy is it to check prices – well it is really easy to be honest, all you have to do is check in our online shop.



Waster will be reviewing our rubbish removal Adelaide costs over the next few weeks to account for the recent levy impact. We will keep you updated in this regard.


Note: we updated our rates reflecting this surprise change in our waste bins Adelaide article.


Adelaide rubbish removal: our customer service staff take many calls every day and a large proportion are related to one off rubbish removal in the Adelaide area – and quite a high proportion is in relation to cardboard collection.


In fact – our most clicked on blog post on our entire website is this one in relation to arranging cardboard collection: Free cardboard recycling: Can I get free cardboard collection.


Waster offers a revolution in waste management and recycling services for small and medium Australian businesses – through flexible 30 day agreements and no hidden extras. This makes us different from other rubbish removal business operators.


We provide rubbish collection services for small businesses as well as services like skip bins Adelaide, garden waste removals and all recycling.


Check out our online waste shop below by pressing the blue button:



Common tips for Adelaide rubbish removal


In this article we run through a number of the most common tips we give to customers when they call about one off collections.


Can you utilise the Council hard rubbish removal service?


It is worth checking if your local council can provide the service free of charge: as per the Adelaide City Council  website Hard waste section:


To improve service flexibility and provide convenience for residents to dispose of hard waste, from 4 January 2016 – December 2016, Adelaide City Council is trialling a pre-booked ‘at-call’ hard waste collection service. During the trial you can book a collection time to suit your needs.


“The fixed date quarterly kerbside hard waste collection service ceases as of 2015 and is superseded with the ‘at-call’ service on a 12-month trial.”


Can I get free cardboard collection for very small quantities?


Unfortunately in 2020, the answer on this one is pretty much no. Unless you have very large amounts of baled or compacted clean cardboard – i.e. from using a compacting or baling machine.


You would likely require 20 tonnes plus of baled cardboard to get free collections in 2020.


The international price for recycled cardboard has fallen in recent years due to the global economy and slowing trade.



Cardboard rebates currently are rarely above $50 per tonne in Australia for baled cardboard i.e. very large amounts. This rebate can help cancel out the collection charge.


As small amounts of cardboard only have a weight of say 100kg – the value of that cardboard is about $5.00.


In these instances a collection cost has to be charged to compensate for the time of a truck and manpower.


In many instances – we suggest that a client bring the cardboard to a council recycling facility themselves – as they will take it for free.


Sometimes a bit of effort can save you quite a lot of money. Check out our recent blog on grease trap solutions.


See our blog on Adelaide rubbish dump.


Conclusion on Adelaide rubbish removal:


When arranging waste removal services – knowing a few tips and tricks can save you lots of money.


In many cases – waiting for the next council hard rubbish removal service (usually quarterly) can be the best option.


Another great idea is simply putting some rubbish in your ute or trailer and driving to the local dump or transfer centre. Many of these facilities will take recyclables for free and charge a small fee for general waste.


The right solution will really depend on your waste needs. We can help with a solution for all types of rubbish from green waste removal to scrap metals.


Of course – if you have other queries – we would be very happy to talk you through your options.


Importance of keeping Adelaide clean


We have covered the ongoing plastic pollution impacting our seas and oceans in recent blogs.


When arranging Adelaide rubbish removal – it should always be remembered that we have amazing wildlife in our city area.


If you have not visited – see the video below:


“The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is one of the gems of metropolitan Adelaide. Located in the Port River and Barker Inlet, the sanctuary is just 20 minutes from the city centre and features a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest. A resident pod of about 30 bottlenose dolphins call the river home, while another 300 visit the area regularly.”