Adelaide bottle and can recycling

The following information will help direct you to Adelaide bottle and can recycling depots.

Container deposit legislation in South Australia

This was introduced in South Australia in 1977 and offered a five cent refund on some types of glass bottles and cans. The refund was raised in 2008 to ten cents as sales of plastic bottles had taken off much more by then. South Australia has been the undisputed leader in recycling beverage containers.

You can read more about the history of this scheme at the EPA web site on the Container deposits page.

This scheme has helped some of the unemployed and others to raise a bit of spare hobby income. There are a lot more pensioners, unemployed and others needing extra money who scavenge as unemployment rises and the cost of living increases. There even used to be people who would drive through neighbourhoods and yell “Bottles?” to attract people who wanted to save themselves a trip to the recycling depot.

Recycling depots

The Yellow Pages offers a long list of these depots in a search for “Recycling depots beverage container”. The Recyclers of South Australia Inc. web site also has an extensive list as well. Not all depots are open 7 days a week so check the times here online, even by Googling the name.

Here are some selected highlights of depots that you may be unaware of that exist because people just go to the more prominent and popular ones like Scouts (which are easy to find). Some recycling depots also take scrap metal so ring before you go and see if they will take it. While you are there ask if they sell anything because some of them offer related products for home and garden at lower prices sometimes than hardware stores and garden centres.


Prospect Bottle & Can Depot – 277 Churchill Rd, Prospect SA 5082 – Ph: (08) 8344 2585

AAA Recycling Pty Ltd – 551 Waterloo Corner Rd, Burton SA 5110 – Ph: (08) 8280 6350

Elizabeth Recycling – Cnr Coglin Road & Philip Highway, Elizabeth South SA 5112 – Ph: (08) 8252 4044

Pooraka (Ween Rd) Bottle & Can Recycling Pty Ltd – 10 Ween Rd, Pooraka SA 5095 – Ph: (08) 8262 3666


Daws Rd Recycling Centre – 76 Daws Rd, Edwardstown SA 5039 – Ph: (08) 8277 5588 and there are others not far from there so see web link by clicking on name.

Port Noarlunga & Christies Beach Bottle Co – Cnr Brodie & Liston Rds, Lonsdale SA 5160 – Ph: (08) 8381 2409


Hampshire Recycling – 24 Pleasant Gr, Holden Hill SA 5088 – Ph: (08) 8396 5482

Magill Recycling & Salvage – 6 Nightingale Ave, Magill SA 5072

Glen Osmond Recycling Centre – 389 Glen Osmond Rd, Glen Osmond SA 5064 – Ph: (08) 8379 1237

Newton Recyclers – 6 Antonio Crt, Newton SA 5074 – Ph: (08) 8336 7476


Thorntons Recycling – 4 Murray St, Thebarton SA 5031 – Ph: (08) 8443 7416

Welland Waste And Recycling Depot – Cnr Frederick St & Musgrave Ave, Welland SA 5007 – Ph: (08) 8340 2200

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