10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
Dispose of your old junk in the right way
To reduce personal waste, there is no better place to start than confronting what’s in your household bin. Most of us like to think we’re pretty savvy when it comes to recycling but there’s probably some things you're throwing in the bin that could actually be recycled. Here are 10 items you could give new life to.
1. Old paint tins
Do you have an odd paint tin or two lurking in the garden shed? According to the ABC, Australians throw out 7.3 million litres of unused paint each year. Now a not-for-profit organisation Paintback have made it possible for households and trades people to recycle old tins of paint with 50 collection points around Australia. From there it will be taken offsite to be treated and recycled.
2. Mobile phones
Before you recycle, you should always try to reuse. If your own phone is broken, try repairing it. Or if it’s still in working condition you can donate it to charity so someone else can use it. If it’s truly beyond repair or at the end of its lifecycle, don’t throw it in the bin; phones that end up in landfill can contaminate the environment. There are many organisations that will recycle old phones such as Mobile Muster in Australia. You can simply search for a drop off point or even mail it in free of charge for safe disposal.
3. Plastic Bags and soft plastics
Plastic shopping bags and soft plastics such as packaging from biscuits, rice, and pasta can not be recycled in normal household recycling bins in Australia. However they can be recycled through REDcycle. To find out what’s accepted and a drop off point near you (probably at your nearest Coles supermarket) look here.
4. Printer cartridges
Every Aldi supermarket store in Australia now has bins where you can drop off your household batteries to be recycled. Find out more about recycling different types of batteries in Australia at Planet Ark
6. Blister packs & contact lenses
7. Toothpaste tubes & toothbrushes
TerraCycle have partnered with Colgate to create a free recycling program for all oral care packaging. You can find drop of points around Australia here.
8. Coffee Pods
Using coffee pods creates a lot of waste so think first about how you make your favourite caffeine fix. Some brands of coffee pods can now be recycled and given new life thanks to this free program.
9. Old towels and blankets
Animal-rescue shelters can often use old holey towels and blankets to create cosy beds for lost dogs and cats. Phone ahead to arrange drop off.
10. Old bras
Whether they no longer fit of they’re wearing a bit thin, instead of throwing out old bras you can donate them to the Uplift Project who donate them to women in disadvantaged communities who can not afford or access them.