Recycling, Food Rescue and Waste Separation Initiative

The Adelaide Farmers’ Market is committed to avoiding and reducing the amount of waste sent to land fill. With your help, we aim to maximise resource rescue and increase public awareness and understanding of waste management.

It is our goal that waste generated at the Adelaide Farmers’ Markets is minimised and where possible, recycled. Our Recycling, Food Rescue and Waste Separation Initiative is part of our long-term program to improve our market’s sustainability and reduce the impact on our environment. At the same time the initiative will help reduce food wastage, divert material from landfill, cut greenhouse gases and lessen water wastage.

  • Lime green lid - Compostable Organics only

    • Food scraps
    • Newspapers, soiled paper & cardboard food containers
    • Paper towel, serviettes, tissues, plates and cups
    • Paper coffee cups and lids
    • Compostable clear cups & lids
    • Wooden and bio-ware cutlery and stirrers
    • Coffee grinds and tea bags
  • Yellow bin lid - recycling only

    • Drink containers (with a refundable 10¢ deposit)
    • Steel & aluminium cans
    • Plastic bottles or large cartons (no lids, no straws)
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Any rigid plastic containers that hold their shape
  • Red bin lid - land fill

    • Plastic packaging and cling wrap
    • Foam containers, trays and styrofoam
    • Plastic bags and bin liners
    • Straws
    • Plastic cutlery
    • Nappies
    • Individual juice/drink cartons
    • Cigarette butts (please butt it out then bin it!)
    • Clothing and textiles


Download our Adelaide Farmers Market Recycling, Food Rescue and Waste Separation Initiative here.


Your cooperation and support for our market’s waste reduction and recycling efforts is appreciated.

This project has been funded by Zero Waste SA and Adelaide Farmers’ Market.

Thank you to our waste reduction partners.

ZeroWaste SA, City of Unley, KESAB, OzHarvest, SITA and Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc.


What happens to our waste and how is it used?

Organic waste

  • SITA Organic Resource Recovery Facilities are open-air composting systems that only accept o organic material (green waste) including, fruit, vegetable scraps and most other food waste (except meat and bones). grass clippings, leaves, flowers and weeds.
  • These materials are processed into high quality compost products for use in home gardens, and public open spaces such as sporting fields and park garden beds, which improves the social amenities of local communities. Other quality composted products are used to improve soil fertility and reduce the environmental harm associated with chemical fertiliser and pesticide usage in vegetable, fruit and wine production.

Dry waste

  • Dry materials such as mixed plastics, styrofoam and textiles are a recoverable resource with a high level of embedded energy that can be used in the production of alternative fuel.
  • These dry items are sent to the SITA-ResourceCo facility in Wingfield and turned into alternative fuels for use in existing power stations or cement kilns.  These fuels can be used as a fuel substitute for coal and gas in high-combustion facilities.  This helps to reduce the use of fossil fuel and landfill emissions and renewable energy certificates can be secured.

Co-mingle Recycling waste

  • At the SITA’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) recyclable materials are hand and machine sorted into different types or “streams” such as paper, plastics glass and aluminium.
  • After they have been separated into different streams, the materials are transported to manufacturers where they are reprocessed into recycled products such as glass containers, aluminium cans, paper, cardboard, plastic packaging and steel products.

Cardboard waste 

  • Cardboard is one of the simplest products to recycle and by maximising our reuse of this material we can all reduce the number of virgin trees being felled to create new products.
  • Cardboard that is collected by SITA is screened, decontaminated, sorted and baled. After the material has been baled it is then sent for reprocessing into new Paper & Cardboard products.

For more information about our waste collection partner SITA visit