Recycling is the last step but still an important one. Become a smart recycler by making sure your kerbside recycling bin is free from contamination and only placing items inside accepted by your local Council.
Check out your local council recycling collection page to know which items can be recycled in your yellow bin. Each council’s recyclable items are different depending on the recycling sorting company that has been contracted and their buyers of recyclable materials. If in doubt, ask your Council by phone or email.
Most Councils have a Transfer Station or Waste hub accepting items like electronics (anything with a cord or battery), mattresses, styrofoam, metal and more. This information will be found on your Council website.
There are many items that can be recycled outside of your kerbside recycling bin. Recycling Near Me is a helpful website to find out where to recycle harder items.
- ASGA Save Our Soles takes shoes like runners, sneakers, football boots, athletic lifestyle shoes, thongs and slides for recycling at a range of in-store locations.
- Cloth Nappy Workshops Melbourne – A place where you can learn everything you need to know about cloth nappies and many other reusable products.
- MobeCo – accept old Yoga equipment and self massage tools
- Planet Ark – Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that helps individuals, communities, governments and businesses reduce their impact on the environment
- Priceline in partnership with TerraCycle – Make-up packaging can be dropped at Priceline stores
- Recycling Made Easy– An independent Melbourne recycling directory for many items that cannot be put in the yellow bin.
- REDcycle- Drop off soft plastics at Woolworths and Coles REDcycle bins. Check out their website to know what happens to collected soft plastics.
- Sheridan accept pre-loved sheets and towels from any brand at your local Sheridan store.
- Shoes for Planet Earth – An Australian based non-for-profit organisation started in 2009 by people who love to run and want to give something back. We’re working together with local communities to provide recycled running shoes to those in need around Australia.
- Soles4Souls – Australian charity collects new, used and worn sneakers, sandals, boots and shoes for children, women and men in need around the world. In total, more than 100,000 pairs of shoes have been donated and distributed to people in need.
- Upparel – Textile recycler who pioneered a digital textile recycling revolution that changed the planet forever.
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