Recycling Guide Australia

Australia Recycling Guide

 

This A-Z Recycling Guide or Directory is meant to help everyone in Australia decide what to recycle and how, for items other than those meant to be placed in your regular Yellow Bin. The purpose of this guide is to show people how to recycle and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. If you have anything you’re unsure what to do with and want to avoid landfill, check this guide out for inspiration!

This list is by no means exhaustive and we plan on keeping it updated. If you have any input / feedback on what to add please contact info@implasticfree.com

You should always check first with your local Council what they recycle and what not. For pre-loved items that are still in good conditions and can still be used, you should also check first your local Buy Nothing Group on Facebook if someone else would like to use what you’re trying to get rid of.

Please find the links to the Recycling Organisations and other useful companies mentioned in the A-Z list at the end of this article.

 

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Air conditioners: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Air freshener aerosol cans: TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below.

Air fresheners and refills (including plug-ins and plastic outer packaging): TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below.

Air mattresses: Ploys

Alarm clocks: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Aluminium (scrap): local scrap metal recyclers

Amplifiers: Officeworks, Techcollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Angle grinder: Recycle Smart ($2 / bag Sydney based)

Artificial grass: try animal shelters or animal hospitals

Athletic Balls (Tennis balls, baseballs, softballs, wiffleballs, basketballs, golf balls, dodgeballs, raquetballs, soccer balls, footballs, bowling balls, ping-pong balls, and foam balls): TerraCycle Athletic Balls Zero Waste Box. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/zero_waste_boxes/athletic-balls-en-au# Please do not include unwanted raquets, mitts, gloves, bats, helmets, nets, clubs, or paddles.

 

 

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Backpacks: Upparel, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Bags (handbags, backpacks, duffel bags etc): Upparel, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Bathers: see Swimwear

Batteries (domestic  AA, AAA, C, D, 9V): OfficeWorks

Batteries (laptop): OfficeWorks

Batteries (mobile phone): OfficeWorks

Beauty products (plastic, completely cleaned out, all brands accepted): TerraCycle Beauty Products and Packaging – Zero Waste Box. https://zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com.au/collections/zero-waste-boxes/products/beauty-products-and-packaging-zero-waste-box

Several retailers including Flora and Fauna (Sydney based), Banish (Sydney based), Biome (Brisbane based), Ecolateral, (Adelaide based) etc. are currently collecting on behalf of this paid program. Several beauty brands have started to introduce their own recycling program, just for their brand. We won’t list all the brands here, as our philosophy is to help people live with less plastic waste and switch to plastic free & refillable products in a true zero waste beauty.

Bed linen / bed sheets / bedding (unsable): Sheridan, H&M, Upparel, animal rescue groups (for example, wildlife rescue use pillowslips for young orphaned kangaroos (joeys) who miss their mothers pouch), use them for rags, drop sheets for painting, ask your local panel beater or mechanic, give them to your local Boomerang Bag community centre to be sown into reusable bags.

Beer bottle lids / tops: they are made of steel and can go in a steel can e.g. tomato tin. The can needs to be squashed closed so the bottle tops don’t fall out. Don’t put too many in, if too heavy it will confuse the sorting machines, only a few bottle tops per tomato can is best. Please check with your own Council as this method is not accepted by every Council.

Bell balls (plastic): animal shelters

Bird bowls of all sizes (with hooks that are rigid): animal shelters or hospitals

Binders: Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle

Biscuit packets (outer wrapper only): Red Cycle

Bladder Bag (silver foil type of bag, i.e. Koh cleaning products): general waste, no recycling options are available yet

Blankets (unusable): animal shelters or animal hospitals

Blenders & Mixers: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Books (unusable): your local library, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Boots (leather, unusable): can be traded in at RM Williams

(Work) Boots (old): Totally Workwear Boot Recycling Program (only participating stores)

Bottle Tops / Lids: Lids4kids, please note they don’t accept plastic lids with rubber inside. Send them in to school who use them for craft, murals, maths and design and art units.

Bowls: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Bras: (no Upparel), if clean, good quality: Uplift Bras Project, or Support the Girls Project. If unusable: H&M.

Bread bags (without the tie): Red Cycle

Bread tags (plastic): Lids 4 Kids, Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, The Breadtag Project, Banish (Sydney based), Biome (Brisbane based), Ecolateral (Adelaide based)

Brushes: animal shelters or hospitals

Bubble wrap (large sheets cut into A3 size pieces): Red Cycle

 

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Cables and chargers: OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Car batteries (old): Super Cheap Auto, Repco

Car oil (old): Super Cheap Auto

Carboard pizza boxes: they can be recycled in your general recycling bin, only if they’re clean.

Carpet: (no Upparel)

Cat and dog food pouches (soft plastic – as clean and dry as possible): Red Cycle

Cat string toys: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Cat water bowls: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Cat litter trays (new): animal shelters or animal hospitals

Cat tents: animal shelters or animal hospitals

CDs (e-Waste) (only CDs not the plastic covers): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

CD Plastic cases: YCA Recycling (SA), Recycle Smart ($2/bag Sydney based). Some councils even allow CD cases in their yellow bin, so do check your local council’s A-Z Recycling Guide

Cellophane from bunches of flowers (cut into A3 size pieces): Red Cycle

Cereal box liners: Red-Cycle

Chargers: OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Chip and cracker packets (silver lined): Red-Cycle

Chocolate and snack bar wrappers: Red-Cycle

Clam shell pools: shelters or animal hospitals

Cling film – GLAD, COLES HOME brand and WOOLWORTHS Essentials Home brand ONLY: Red-Cycle

Clip-on car fresheners and refills (including plastic outer packaging): TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below

Cleaning accessories spray bottles: TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below

Clothing (jeans, t-shirts, coats etc): Upparel, SCRGroup (still usable), H&M

Coats: Upparel, H&M

Coffee bags: TerraCycle Zero Waste Box

Coffee cups (disposable): 7Eleven Cup Rescue Recycling Program, Coffee Club, Muffin Break

Coffee pods / capsules:  check if your coffee brand has a recycling program like Nespresso (see link to their Recycling Satchel below), otherwise the Terracycle Coffee Capsules Zero Waste Box™ accepts all brands. They accept all varieties of used coffee or tea discs from any capsule-specific coffee or tea machine including, fresh packs, K-Cups and t-discs.

Computers (e-Waste): OfficeWorks

Computer power supplies: OfficeWorks

Concealer tubes and sticks: see Beauty products

Conditioner (plastic bottles): see Beauty products

Confectionery bags: Red-Cycle

Contact lenses blister packs: TerraCycle Bausch & Lomb Recycling program, please note that the program is closing at the end of February 2021.

Contact lenses (used): TerraCycle Bausch & Lomb Recycling program, please note that the program is closing at the end of February 2021

Contact lenses (cases): TerraCycle Bausch & Lomb Recycling program, please note that the program is closing at the end of February 2021

Cooking oils: your local community recycling centre. Keep a jar where you keep adding to. Never pour it down the drain

Cooling mats: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Copper pipes: local scrap metal recyclers

Cosmetics: see Beauty products

Couch covers (fabric): Upparel

Correction fluid pots and correction tape: OfficeWorks

Crates (large): animal shelters or animal hospitals

(Coffee) Cups (disposable): 7Eleven Cup Rescue Recycling Program, Coffee Club, Muffin Break

Curtains: Upparel, H&M

(Shower) Curtains: Ploys

Cushions: (no Upparel)

 

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Dental floss container: TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point on the TerraCycle map listed below

Desktop computer (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Digital cameras (unsable): Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Dishwashers: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Dishwashing liquid bottles (including caps): TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below

Dishwashing tablets flexible packaging (including snap locks and zip locks): TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below

Drink containers: container deposit scheme depot. Sometimes there is a local group who fundraises

Document sleeves (remove the white reinforcement strip along the holes): Red-Cycle

Dog collars: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Dog food pouches (soft plastic): Red-Cycle

Dog kennels: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Drawstring bags (large): animal shelters or animal hospitals

Dry pet food bags: Red-Cycle

Dryers: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Duffel bags: Upparel, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Duvets/ doonas: (no Upparel)

DVDs e-Waste (discs only not the covers): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

DVD cases: upcycle them through ideas on Pinterest

DVD players (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Recycle Smart ($2/bag Sydney based), Bunnings

 

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e-Waste: OfficeWorks

Earphones: Recycle Smart ($2/ bag, Sydney based)

Electric appliances (you can carry): Bunnings

Electric grill: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Electric toothbrush handles & bases (and cable chargers): TerraCycle & Colgate Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program. All brands accepted. Look for your closest collection point in the TerraCycle map listed below.  Ensure batteries are discharged. Strict shipping guidelines. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/colgateelectric-au

Electric toothbrush heads: TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point in the TerraCycle map listed below

Enrichment feeders for all animals: animal shelters or animal hospitals

E-readers: Recycle Smart ($2/ bag, Sydney based)

Eye drop droppers (LDPE 4 plastic): unfortunately not recyclable

Eye liner pencils: see Beauty products

Eye shadow tubes: see Beauty products

Eye glasses: see Prescriptions glasses

 

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Fabric mattress protectors (not waterproof/plastic): Upparel

Fabric off-cuts and sewing scraps: Upparel, H&M

Fabric couch covers: Upparel

Face soap dispensers: see Beauty products

Fan heater: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

(Water) Filters: TerraCycle Brita Recycling Program https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/brita-recycling

Floss plastic containers (empty): TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point on the TerraCycle map listed below

Fluoro globes and tubes: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Foil (aluminium): yellow bin for recycling, make sure it is at least a golf size ball

Foreign coins: CBA, Bankwest branch who gives them to Unicef

Food scraps / food waste: if you don’t have a FOGO bin, compost bin, bokashi, or worm farm at home, then use ShareWaste

Fresh produce bags: Red-Cycle

Fridges (clean): Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Fruit netting (remove metal clips): Red-Cycle

Fruit stickers (only if stuck to another piece of soft plastic, don’t stick a whole bunch of these at once on one piece of soft plastic): Red-Cycle

Frozen food bags: Red-Cycle

 

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Gamer console: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Gaming equipment (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Gift cards (Woolworths): returned to store who have partners with TerraCycle to recycle these

Glass jars (Moccona, Passata etc.): can be re-used to storage food instead of plastic

Glasses (Prescription): OPSM, Fred Hollows Foundation (doesn’t take them any longer), SpecSavers, YWAM (Youth With a Mission), many optometrists have a TerraCycle Eyewear Zero Waste Box https://zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com.au/products/eyewear-zero-waste-boxes

Gloves (disposable): Disposable Gloves Zero Waste Box™ | TerraCycle – TerraCycle Zero Waste Boxes Australia

Green reusable shopping bags (Polypropylene Bags): Red-Cycle

 

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Hair gel tubes and caps: see Beauty products

Hair paste plastic jars and caps: see Beauty products

Hair spray bottles and triggers: see Beauty products

Hairdryers: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag Sydney based)

Hand bags: Upparel, SCRGroup, Recycle Smart ($2/bag Sydney based)

Hanging bird toys: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Hard drives (loose): OfficeWorks, techCollect

Hats: Upparel, Recycle Smart ($2/ bag, Sydney based)

Headphones: Recycle Smart ($2/ bag, Sydney based), OfficeWorks (?)

Heavy duty wheelbarrows: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Hidey holes or boxes made out plastic: animal shelters or animal hospitals for cats

Hot water bottles/ heat pads: animal shelters or animal hospitals

 

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Ice cream wrappers: Red-Cycle

Infant animal milk formula e.g “Womabaroo”: animal shelters or animal hospitals,

Inflatable pool toys: Ploys

iPods: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Iron: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

IT accessories: see e-Waste

 

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(Rain) Jackets: Ploys

Jackets: Upparel, H&M, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Jars: see Glass Jars

Jeans: Upparel, H&M, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

 

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Keyboards (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Kettle: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Kitchen scales: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Kongs (especially larger ones): animal shelters or animal hospitals

 

 

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Laptop (e-Waste): OfficeWords, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Linen (bedding, sheets, towels, tea towels etc): Upparel

Lip balm and lip gloss tubes: see Beauty products

Lingerie: H&M

Lightbulbs (used): Ikea

Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers and jars: see Beauty products

Lolly bags (soft plastics): RedCycle

 

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Magnets: Reverse Garbage (Sydney based), or your local school or daycare (if they can use them)

Makeup plastic beauty packaging (old): see Beauty products

Markers: OfficeWorks

Mascara tubes : see Beauty products

Masks (disposable): TerraCycle Box through Woolworths

Mattresses: Soft Landing or Mattress Recycle Australia

Mattress protector (fabric, not waterproof/ plastic, old, unusable): Upparel, H&M

Mice cages: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Microphone: Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

Microwaves (clean): Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Milk bottles (plastic): loose in the yellow bin (to make bath toys, recycled trolley, hand baskets and recycled stormwater pipers

Milk bottle lids: Lids 4 kids (remove the foam insert, wash in soapy water and dry well)

Mobile phone & accessories (cables / chargers / batteries etc. e-Waste): OfficeWorks or find drop off locations through Mobile Muster (i.e. libraries), TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based), Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

Modems: OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Monitors (PC, e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Motherboards (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Mouse / Mice (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

MP3 player: Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

Muesli bar wrappers (soft plastics): Red-Cycle

 

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Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed): Red-Cycle

Newspaper and magazine wrap (soft plastic): Red-Cycle

Network devices (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Noodle packaging (soft plastic): Red-Cycle

 

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Office waste (art supplies, books and magazines, cleaning accessories, coffee station items such as used coffee pods and cups, fabrics and clothing, flexible and rigid plastic packaging, media storage, office supplies, office furnishings including small electronics, paper packaging, plastic cards and shipping materials): TerraCycle Office Separation Zero Waste Box™

Oral care products: TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point in the TerraCycle map listed below

 

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Packets: Biscuits (outer wrapper only), Chip and cracker packets (silver lined): Red-Cycle

Party supplies and dining disposables (single-use cutlery): Banish

Pasta bags (soft plastic packaging): Red-Cycle

Peanut butter: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Pencils (preloved + usable): Give Write Charity (WA based), Pencils Community (VIC based)

Pens, felt tips, highlighters, markers, correction fluid pots (empty), correction tape, mechanical pencils’, eraser pens (unusable): OfficeWorks

Pet food bags (chaff/horse/chicken) – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (but not woven nylon). Cut into A3 size pieces and shake free of as much product as possible: Red-Cycle

Photo negative plastic sleeves (not negatives): Red-Cycle

Pillows: (no Upparel), local vet hospital

Pillows (the hard plastic bag it comes in): use as storage containers

Pizza boxes: they can be recycled in your general recycling bin, only if they’re clean.

Plastic Boxes (Ferrero Rocher etc.): look for upcycling ideas on Pinterest

Plastic Australia Post satchels: Red-Cycle

Plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size):  Red-Cycle

Plastic shopping carrier bags from all stores: Red-Cycle

Plastic silver foil type of bag (i.e. Koh cleaning products): general waste, , no RedCycle.

Plastic film wrap from grocery items such as nappies and toilet paper: Red-Cycle

Plastic sachets: Red-Cycle

Plastic satchels (from linens/bedding): use them as storage bags for seasonal clothes, as wet bags for swimming etc.

Plastic spray bottles (including spray and trigger heads): TerraCycle Dish & Air Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/dish-and-air-care#how-it-works  Look for your closest Community Collection Hub on the TerraCycle map listed below

Plastic toys (hard, durable): animal shelters or animal hospitals for dogs & cats

Plastic wrap: GLAD, COLES HOME brand and WOOLWORTHS Essentials Home brand ONLY: Red-Cycle

Pods (coffee / tea):  check if your coffee brand has a recycling program like Nespresso (see link to their Recycling Satchel below), otherwise the Terracycle Coffee Capsules Zero Waste Box™ accepts all brands. They accept all varieties of used coffee or tea discs from any capsule-specific coffee or tea machine including, fresh packs, K-Cups and t-discs.

Pool inflatables / Pool toys: see Inflatable pool toys

(Expanded) Polystyrene / Styrofoam: check your local community recycling centre if they recycle it, as some Councils do. They are turned into skirting or picture frames. Campaign your local council to introduce this locally if you don’t have it already. Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

Potting mix and compost bags – both the plastic and woven polypropylene types (cut into A3 size pieces and free of as much product as possible): Red-Cycle

Prescription drug packaging (blister packs) empty: Banish

Prescription drugs (with expired medication): return to your local pharmacy as part of the Return Unwanted Medicines Project

Printed circuit boards: OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Printers (e-Waste, without toner): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Printer ink & toner cartridges (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, Cartridge World, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Puppy (toilet training) pads: animal shelters or animal hospitals

(Soft) PVC: Ploys

 

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Quilt covers (old, unusable): Sheridan, Upparel, animal rescue groups

Quilt covers (the hard plastic bag it comes in): use as storage containers

 

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Radio: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag, Sydney based)

Rain Jackets: Ploys

Rabbit or guinea pig chews: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Rat cages: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Rice bags – both plastic and the woven type (if large, cut into A3 size pieces): Red-Cycle

Rubber Boats: Ploys

Rat cages: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Razors (plastic, refillable, disposable, replaceable blade cartridge units, rigid plastic packaging, flexible plastic packaging): TerraCycle & Gillette Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point on the TerraCycle map listed below

Razor blades: TerraCycle & Gillette Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point on the TerraCycle map listed below

Record players: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Remote controls: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Ropes (hard, durable) for dogs and cats: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Rubber bands: give them to the postman, the florist and to local market vendors

 

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Scanners (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

School stationery (preloved + usable): Give Write Charity (WA based), Pencils Community (VIC based), (unusable): OfficeWorks

(Food) Scraps: if you don’t have a FOGO bin, compost bin, bokashi, or worm farm at home, then use ShareWaste

Scratching posts: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Sealed bins or tubs (large) for pellets: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Set top boxes (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Sewing scraps: Upparel, H&M

Shade cloths: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Shampoo bottles and caps: see Beauty products

Shapewear: H&M

Shaving foam tubes (no cans): see Beauty products

(Bed) Sheets (unsable): Sheridan, H&M, Upparel, animal rescue groups (for example, wildlife rescue use pillowslips for young orphaned kangaroos (joeys) who miss their mothers pouch), use them for rags, drop sheets for painting, ask your local panel beater or mechanic, give them to your local Boomerang Bag community centre to be sown into reusable bags.

Sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into A3 size pieces): Red-Cycle

Shell pools: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Shoes (all – only in pairs, single shoes not accepted): Upparel, SCRGroup, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Shoes (Sport): Rebel Recycling Program / Upparel

Shower curtains: Ploys

Skincare plastic containers (old): see Beauty products

Silica gel: use them in boxes / containers to keep things dry of moisture, to prevent mould, or in shoes to keep them from smelling, or in the fridge to absorb odours

Slow feeders or enrichment feeders: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Smoke detectors: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Snap lock bags / zip lock bags (soft plastic): Red-Cycle

Socks & Stockings: Upparel, H&M, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney based)

Soft Plastic: everything that can be scrunched in your end. Confectionary packets, chips etc etc. can be collected in a plastic bag and can be put in the collection boxes of Woolworths & Coles for Red Cycle.

Soft PVC: Ploys

Soft Toys: (no Upparel)

Sound cards (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Speakers (plastic, computer, e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based), Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Sports Balls (Tennis balls, baseballs, softballs, wiffleballs, basketballs, golf balls, dodgeballs, raquetballs, soccer balls, footballs, bowling balls, ping-pong balls, and foam balls): TerraCycle Athletic Balls Zero Waste Box. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/zero_waste_boxes/athletic-balls-en-au# Please do not include unwanted raquets, mitts, gloves, bats, helmets, nets, clubs, or paddles.

Squeeze pouches with lid on (e.g. yogurt/baby food): Red-Cycle

(Fruit) Stickers (only if stuck to another piece of soft plastic, don’t stick a whole bunch of these at once on one piece of soft plastic): Red-Cycle

Stamps: send them to Lions who sell them to fundraise for children’s. Please find below, the list of stamp club members to post stamps to

Stereos: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Stockings: see Socks & Stockings

Straws (only plastic, not paper, PLA, bamboo, or metal): TerraCycle Straws Zero Waste Box https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/zero_waste_boxes/straws_au , Biome (Brisbane based)

Styrofoam (Expanded Polystyrene): check your local community recycling centre if they recycle it, as some Councils do. They are turned into skirting or picture frames. Campaign your local council to introduce this locally if you don’t have it already. Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Sunglasses: if the lenses are scratched, just have them replaced i.e. with the Sun Glass Fix, or try Specsavers, many optometrists have a TerraCycle Eyewear Zero Waste Box https://zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com.au/products/eyewear-zero-waste-boxes

Syringes (new, unused): animal shelters or animal hospitals, schools for art projects. Medical waste is considered bio-hazard and therefore cannot be recycled

Swimwear: H&M, (no Upparel)

 

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Tablets (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Tea towels: Upparel, H&M

Televisions (TVs): OfficeWorks, TechCollect, Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Tights (usable, clean): H&M, Upparel, Biome Stores (Brisbane based)

Toasters: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2 /bag Sydney based)

Toothbrush heads: see electric toothbrush heads

Toothbrushes (plastic): TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point in the TerraCycle map listed below

Toothbrushes (bamboo): remove the nylon bristles and compost the bamboo part or use them for craft projects through ideas on Pinterest

Toothbrushes (electric): see Electric toothbrush handles & bases (and cable chargers)

Toothpaste tubes & caps (empty and clean): TerraCycle & Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. All brands accepted. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/oral-care-brigade-au Look for your closest collection point in the TerraCycle map listed below

Torches: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

Toys (including electric ones): Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

Towels: local vet hospital, Sheridan, Upparel, animal shelters or animal hospitals, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

T-shirts: Upparel, H&M

Trampoline beds: animal shelters or animal hospitals

Treats (Pet): animal shelters or animal hospitals

 

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Underwear: H&M, (no Upparel)

Umbrella fabric: Ploys

 

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Vacuum cleaners (empty & clean): trade it in at Godfreys, Arnies Recon (Sydney based), for small ones see Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

Vegetable netting (soft plastics): Red-Cycle

Video camera: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney), Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney), OfficeWorks (?)

Video cards (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Video players: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

Vinyl records: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

VCR players (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

VHS tapes: Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

 

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Waffle makers: Bunnings, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

Washers: Arnies Recon (Sydney based)

Water filter: TerraCycle Brita Recycling Program https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/brita-recycling

Web cameras (e-Waste): OfficeWorks, TechCollect

Wet suit: RipCurl

Wine (bottle) lids: they are made of aluminium. Squash them, collect them in an alu foil ball and place them in your general recycling bin.

Wine corks: Biome (Brisbane based)

Wine/water bladders – clear plastic ones only: Red-Cycle

Wine/water bladders – foil based: no recycling options are available yet

Work boots (old): Totally Workwear Boot Recycling Program (only participating stores)

(Plastic) Wrap: GLAD, COLES HOME brand and WOOLWORTHS Essentials Home brand ONLY: Red-Cycle

Wrapping paper and cardboard, ribbons or bows: no recycling options are available yet

 

X

X-Rays (medical / films): Siltech, or look for a local collection point on Recycling Near You, Recycle Smart ($2/bag, Sydney)

 

Y

Yoga mats (unusable): animal shelters or animal hospitals

 

Z

Zinc sticks: animal shelters or animal hospitals

 

 


Recycling & Upcycling Organisations and useful Links:

 


 

Remember : Recycling is good, but not the solution to our plastic & waste crisis. Ultimately we need to REFUSE & REDUCE our waste.

 

Visit our shop to find plastic free and sustainable alternatives that create less waste at the end of life of a product.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve this Recycling Guide and add recycling programs, please send us an email at info@implasticfree.com and we’ll happily update it!

 

Copyright © Authors: Simona Paganetto – I’m Plastic Free / Sustainish Sam Sachdev. Last updated March 2021.