16 Ways You Could Be Recycling

16 Ways You Could Be Recycling

Resources around the globe are diminishing everyday. For future generations to enjoy the planet as we do, we need to be more mindful about what we throw into landfill. By utilising recycling programs we can help reduce what ends up in landfill and re-use the those materials. You as an individual CAN make a difference! Try encouraging your workplace, school, community to participate as well for an even bigger impact.

What’s even better than recycling? Reducing! Reduce, re-use then recycle. Check out my article 11 Swaps to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment.

1. Soft Plastic

Coles REDcycle soft plastic bin

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.
Creates outdoor furniture for Aussie Primary Schools

Did you know?

Participating Coles stores collect soft plastics and gets turned into outdoor furniture for Aussie primary schools and pre-schools.

Empty bread, cereal and frozen food bags, plastic shopping bags and other flexible plastic packaging

How Does it Work?

Coles – Find a Participating Store

2. Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Related Packaging

Oral Care  Recycling Program

FREE program offered by Terra Cycle.
FREE Shipping – Simply download a Pre-paid return label.
Multiple drop off locations also available.
Earn $$$ to donate to your favourite school or non-profit organisation.

Accepted Waste:

Toothpaste tubes, caps & outer packaging
Toothbrushes & outer packaging
Floss containers

Terra Cycle – Oral Care Recycling Program.

3. Nespresso Coffee Pods

Nespresso Recycling Program

FREE program offered by Terra Cycle.
FREE Shipping – Simply download a Pre-paid return label.
Multiple drop off locations also available.
Earn $$$ to donate to your favourite school or non-profit organisation.

Avoid using single use products where ever possible. However, if you do use Nespresso pods, PLEASE recycle them!

Terra Cycle – Nespresso Coffee Pods

4. Mailing Satchels

Mail Satchel Recycling Program

FREE program offered by Terra Cycle.
FREE Shipping – Simply download a Pre-paid return label.
Multiple drop off locations also available.
Earn $$$ to donate to your favourite school or non-profit organisation.

Accepted Waste:

Prepaid Mailing Satchels & Padded Mailing Satchels

Terra Cycle – Mail Satchel Recycling Program

5. Beauty Products

Beauty Products  Recycling Program

FREE program offered by Terra Cycle.
FREE Shipping – Simply download a Pre-paid return label.
Multiple drop off locations also available.
Earn $$$ to donate to your favourite school or non-profit organisation.

Accepted Waste:

Cosmetics packaging such as used lipstick and lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging.
Hair care packaging such as used shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray and hair treatment packaging.
Skin care packaging such as lip balm, face moisturiser, face and body wash soap dispensers and tubes, body and hand lotion dispensers and tubes and shaving foam packaging.

Terra Cycle – Beauty Products Recycling Program

6. Cleaning Product Packaging

Cleaning Products Recycling Program

FREE program offered by Terra Cycle.
FREE Shipping – Simply download a Pre-paid return label.
Multiple drop off locations also available.
Earn $$$ to donate to your favourite school or non-profit organisation.

Accepted Waste:

Hand wash pumps, body wash pumps, beauty product pumps, cleaning product triggers, laundry liquid taps, dish tabs plastic bags, beauty product tubes and face wipes packaging.

Terra Cycle – Cleaner Packaging Program

7. Batteries

Batteries

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin. All Aldi Stores have collection points [closest Aldi store] Battery World stores also give out FREE little wheelie bins to store your expired batteries. Simply take them into store to dispose of [closest Battery World store.]

Includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras.

Planet Ark – Recycling Drop Off Points Near You – Batteries

8. Computers & Accessories

Computers

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

Australians are among the highest users of new technology in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year. This makes electronic waste or e-waste, including computers and accessories, a growing problem. Computers are ideal for recycling due to their large volumes, inclusion of hazardous materials, and good resource recovery potential for non-renewable resources like tin, nickel, zinc and copper.

Sell of give it away on Gumtree A lot of computer repairers are looking for these on here! I have personally sold 2 laptops for a solid $50.

Planet Ark – Recycling Drop Off Points Near You – Computers & Accessories

9. Sports Shoes

Sports Shoes

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.
Help those in need.

Did you know?

You can put a smile on someone’s feet? Give your unwanted sports shoes to someone in need!

Shoes for Planet Earth

10. Mobile Phones

Mobile Phones

FREE program.
FREE Shipping – simply download a reply paid label .
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

Over 95% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered to make new products. The gold, silver, copper, nickel, cadmium and plastics in the mobiles can be turned into jewellery, stainless steel, batteries and plastic fence posts and pallets. The mobile phone industry claims that you can recover the same amount of gold from 50,000 handsets as from mining 110 tonnes of gold ore.

Mobile Phones & batteries

Mobile Muster – Participating Locations .
OR
Planet Ark – Recycling Drop off Points – Mobile Phones

11. White Goods

White Goods

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

They contain significant amounts of metal, plastic, insulating material, refrigerant (gases) and other non-renewable and valuable material. Recycling keeps these materials in the economy. It also helps prevent toxic substances such as flame-retardants from entering the environment.

Including but not limited to fridges, freezers, microwave ovens, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and air conditioners.

Planet Ark – Recycling Drop Off Points Near You – White Goods

12. TV’s

TV

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

Electrical appliances are made up of a broad range of materials including precious metals (such as gold and platinum), toxic heavy metals, metal circuitry, mixed plastics, fire retardants and glass. Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic as well as flame-retardants can cause environmental contamination through leaching from e-waste in landfill into water systems. By recycling, this contamination can be avoided and useful resources can be conserved, as up to 95% of materials can be recovered for reuse.

Planet Ark – Recycling Drop Off Points Near You – TV’s

13. Paper

Paper

FREE!
Do it Yourself at Home.

Did you know?

Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy-enough to power the average U.S. home for six months-and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.

Re-Use before Recycling – Before throwing it in the recycling bin…Keep a pile of paper that has only been used on one side and use it for things like…

shopping lists
scrap paper
board games like Pictionary
messages
arts & craft for kids i.e. paper mache

14. Hotel Toiletries

Hotel Toiletries

Unused toiletries

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.
Help those in need.

Did you know?

Hotel toiletries are great for homeless people. Small and easy to carry. I collect unused hotel toiletries to donate to the homeless through Making a Difference.

Give toiletries to me or contact Making a Difference on their Facebook Page to find a drop off point near you.

For other areas simply search for homeless shelters in your area.

15. Printer Cartridges

Printer Cartridges

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.

Did you know?

Australians throw away more than 18 million printer cartridges every year. This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill. When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment. All Officeworks and Cartridge World stores plus participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi Fi collect used cartridges.

Planet Ark – Recycling Drop Off Points Near You – Printer Cartridges

Get a FREE cartridge collection box for your workplace.

16. Bras

Bra

FREE program.
Multiple Drop Off Locations.
Help those in need.

Did you know?

For women in disadvantaged communities a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable.

Uplift Drop-Off Locations

 

There is one thing that is even better than recycling. REDUCING waste in the first place! Check out these
11 Swaps to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment.

 

Did I miss anything Comment below with your recycling tips 🙂

 

References & Resources

1. What can you put in your recycling bin? Brisbane

2. The Benefits of Recycling Paper – http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/a/The-Benefits-Of-Paper-Recycling-Why-Recycle-Paper.htm

3. 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recyclehttp://www.coolaustralia.org/10-things-didnt-know-recycle/

4. Terra Cycle FREE Recycling programs – http://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU/brigades

5. Business Recycling – http://businessrecycling.com.au/

 

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