Rubbish and Recycling

Battery & Mobile Phone Recycling Available at Barunga West

Barunga West Council has joined with:

  • Ecocycle to provide battery recycling for residents
  • MobileMuster for the disposal of mobile phones.

Both the Pt Broughton and Bute Council offices now have tubes for recycling small household batteries, and a separate tube for mobile phones.

Large batteries including car batteries can be taken to both the Port Broughton and Bute Waste Transfer Stations for recycling.


Kerbside Garbage Collection

Kerbside Recycling Calendar

2020 Kerbside Calendar

Bins must be correctly placed before 7am on collection day, preferably the night before (collection can take place any time between 7am and 5pm on the day.)

Waste and Recycling Collection Dates:

  • Every Monday (weekly), General Household Waste (red lid bin)
  • 1st Friday of each month, Organic Garden Waste (lime green lid bin)
  • 2nd Friday of each month, Recyclables (yellow lid bin)
  • 3rd Friday of each month, Paper & Cardboard (dark green lid bin)

If your bin has not been emptied, check that you have followed the guidelines and whether there is an explanatory sticker on your bin before reporting the missed collection directly to Wardles Garbage Contractors on 8825 3341.

The truck and mechanical arm must have clear access to the bin. If the truck can not access the bin, your garbage will not be collected.

If you would like a calendar of collection dates for 2019, please do not hesitate to contact Council on (08) 8635 2107.

If you would like general information about what you can and can't recycle, please visit. Please note – Barunga West Council have a Dark Green Lidded Paper & Cardboard bin.  As such, newspaper, cardboard etc MUST be put in the DARK GREEN LIDDED BIN. Please use the “whichbin” website as a guide only.  If in doubt, please contact Council for further clarification.

or for information about hazardous waste please visit

Kerbside Waste Collection - Bin Contamination

Council now has access to photographic data relating to kerbside bin pick up’s by Council’s contractor Wardles.There have recently been incidences were Recycling, Greenwaste and Paper bins have been contaminated.Residents are asked to be vigilant in the use of their bins and ensure that rubbish is disposed of in the correct bin and manner.Where contamination occurs, costs to Council escalate which may impact Council’s budget.

Council will continue to monitor contamination of all bins, repeat offenders will be contacted.Reference to “what goes in which bin” can be found on the Kerbside Recycling Calendar.


Kerbside Waste Bin Tip

Polystyrene foam, which includes foam from meat trays or packaging (foam or bubble wrap) goes in the Red Lid General Waste Bin.

Other items that go in this bin are:

plastic bags;

clothing and fabric;

crockery, oven proof glass or drinking glasses (wrap in newspaper please)

Food Scraps and seafood scraps.

Waste Disposal Sites

The Council operates the following Waste Disposal Sites:

**please note Christmas 2019 closures: Pt Broughton Mon 23rd Dec, Bute Wed 25th Dec 2019.

Port Broughton (Dale Road, Port Broughton)

Mon, Thurs & Sun                9:00am -12:00noon

Bute (Barunga Gap Road, Bute)

Wed                                    3:00pm - 5:00pm

Sun                                     2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please be advised that ALL Waste Disposal Sites will be closed on Total Fire Ban days.

Both sites charge a range of fees depending on quantities and efforts made to recycle as many products as possible.

Due to Asbestos Contamination of Construction Waste, NO Commercial Construction Waste will be accepted at either Bute or Port Broughton Waste Transfer Station.

Residents are still able to dispose of construction waste, however entry will be at the discretion of Council Staff.

Contaminated or Construction Waste may be disposed of at the Port Pirie Waste Transfer Station

Litter Control


The litter control provisions of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 commenced 1 February 2017.
This means that, from 1 February 2017:

  • Section 235 of the Local Government Act 1999 is repealed;
  • The new “tiered” littering offence provisions of the LNLC Act (which range in severity based on the type and quantity of litter) become applicable;

Expiation fees will now range the following:

  • Up to 50 litres of general litter - $210
  • Up to 50 litres of class B hazardous litter - $500
  • 50 litres or more of class B hazardous litter or general litter - $1,000

All class A hazardous litter (asbestos) is straight to court.

For more information on asbestos click here

For more information:

drumMUSTER programme


Notification on the website and Council’s Social Media will advise when this service re-commences.

Council participates in the Australia-wide drumMUSTER programme for the collection of used chemical drums for recycling. This initiative provides an easy, environmentally-friendly way of disposing of empty farming chemical containers across rural Australia.
drumMUSTER collects eligible non-returnable metal or plastic containers above one litre/kilogram and up to 205 litre/kilogram in declared content in the packaging of crop production and animal health products used for:
*agricultural and livestock production
*industrial and recreational pest and weed control
*household pest control operations
*similar activities conducted by government authorities.
Participating manufacturers are identified by the inclusion of the eligible drumMUSTER container logo on their eligible containers. The logo can be displayed on the chemical label, embossed into the container wall or applied as a sticker to the container. Containers not displaying this logo may be from non-participating manufacturers and will not be accepted into the program.

Rinse them out, round them up and run them in.
drum MUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable metal and plastic agvet chemical containers.

Bookings to dispose of chemical containers through Council’s drumMuster can be made through Council on 8635 2107.  
Locations are the Bute Waste Transfer Station and Port Broughton Waste Transfer Station.
An agreed time will be made with trained Council staff.


For drums to be eligible for collection they must be:
*Free of chemical residue (some stains may be accepted)
*Be clean, dry and have lids removed
*Containers carrying the drumMUSTER logo only, will be accepted.

Before acceptance, drums will be examined by drumMUSTER inspectors and, if not totally cleaned as required, they will be rejected.

For more information visit