Whyalla residents can dump for free on Saturday


POPULAR: Many residents took advantage of Council's first free dump day on March 2.

The City of Whyalla's second free dump day will be held this Saturday as part of the national Clean Up Australia Day activities.

Residents will be able to dump household rubbish for free at the Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre on Saturday, March 16. This includes loads up to the size of an 8x5 trailer but doesn’t include hazardous waste and is not open to commercial operators.

All additional items (apart from gas bottles and hazardous waste) are also free including mattresses and tyres. Go to for more information on additional items.

Clean Up Australia Day was officially on Sunday March 3 with Council extending the celebration for two days of free Saturday dumping. The first day on March 2 was a huge success despite the extreme heat.

The City of Whyalla has, in the past, run community days where people gather to clean up the city but interest in these has been waning with Council deciding two free dump days may do even more to keep the city and its surrounds clean.

Council CEO Chris Cowley said the free dump days would also be a big saving for residents.

“We thank everyone that has come along over the years to help clean up the city at the community days … now it is your chance to take advantage of this free dump offer to get rid of your own rubbish and save a bit of money,” Chris said.

“With these two free dump days, there should be no need for anyone to illegally dump and we continue to urge people to think about not littering or dumping around the city.

“Council has crews that take time to clean up the city all year round and hopefully these two days will make their job that little bit easier too.”

Chris explained that Council is still charged by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the waste dumped on the free days but he felt the free dump days were a good way to celebrate Clean Up Australia Day while also giving something back to residents and the community.

“We ask residents to not all turn up at 10am because that will cause long queues and test everyone’s patience.” CEO Chris Cowley

The March 2 free dump day resulted in more than 30 tonnes of waste and an EPA bill of more than $3500 for Council. That EPA cost, and this Saturday's, have been factored in to Council's budget for Clean Up Australia Day activities.

“We had big line-ups at the first free dump day but everyone was really patient and appreciative on a really hot day… it looks like Saturday won't be as hot (estimated 32 degrees)," Chris said.

“We’ll also have extra workers on duty during the day to help things run smoothly.”

General household rubbish and green waste will be accepted on the day with inspections still in place to ensure waste is not contaminated. The resource centre will be open between 10am and 4pm but the gates will be closed at 3pm with only the cars on the service road allowed in from that point to allow processing before 4pm.

“We ask residents to not all turn up at 10am because that will cause long queues and test everyone’s patience," Chris said.

For further information contact Jo-Anne at the City of Whyalla on 8640 3444 and you can view our regular landfill disposal information at

If you are unsure what you can take to the landfill on the free dump day, flick us an email at and tell us what you’d like to bring out.

NOTE: Hazardous waste not allowed on free dump day includes asbestos and chemicals.

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