Recycling in the Illawarra

May 10, 2021 | Sustainability

We’ve been talking a lot about our recycled timber products, which is our weapon in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. By recovering materials and timber from building reclamation yards and demolitions, our entire business model and values is built on the foundation of the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. But we’ll go more into how the three R’s can be applied in a later blog!


The importance to us of recycling specifically is to preserve our environment, especially here in the Illawarra. We are hoping we can help shed some more light on what can and can’t be recycled with an easy, comprehensive list. There is a lot here to remember, but every little bit counts!

 

What can be recycled:

  • Aluminium Cans & Foil
  • Biscuit Packet Tray
  • Bottles
  • Bottle Tops & Caps
  • Cake Tray (Plastic & Metal)
  • Cans Cardboard
  • Greeting Cards
  • Cereal Box
  • Cigarette packet (plastic removed)
  • Cosmetics Jar (Empty)
  • Detergent Bottle & Carton
  • Egg Carton
  • Envelope (Paper)
  • Foil Baking Tray
  • Gift Wrap Paper (not foil wrapping)
  • Bottle (Glass)
  • Jar (Glass)
  • Jar Lid (Metal & Plastic)
  • Juice Carton (including Tetra Pak ® cartons)
  • Junk Mail & Advertising
  • Magazines
  • Margarine & Butter Container
  • Meat Tray (Plastic only)
  • Medicine Bottles (Empty)
  • Milk Carton, Plastic Milk Bottle, and Milk Tetra Pak ®  cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Office & Computer Paper
  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Towel Roll / Toilet Paper Roll
  • Pet Food Tin (Rinsed)
  • Phonebooks
  • Pizza Boxes (Empty)
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Plates, Cultery and Bowls (Flexible – does not snap when folded)
  • Plastic Takeaway Container
  • Shampoo & Conditioner Bottles
  • Shredded Paper providing it is enclosed in a cardboard box (eg. a cereal box)
  • Soap Pump Dispenser (Plastic)
  • Soft Drink Cans & Bottles
  • Fruit Punnet (i.e. Strawberry / Cherry Tomatoes)
  • Steel Can
  • Tissue Box
  • Washing Powder Box (Cardboard)
  • Frozen Food boxes (Waxed Cardboard Type)
  • Yoghurt Container (Yoghurt pouches must be placed in the Residual Waste bin)

What can be recycled in supermarkets, chemists, office works, etc:

  • Biscuit Outer Packaging
  • Bread Bags
  • Cereal Box Insert
  • Chip Packet
  • Cling / Plastic Wrap
  • Frozen Food Bags
  • Glad Wrap
  • Lolly and Chocolate wrappers
  • Pet Food Packets
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Wrapper
  • Rice & Pasta Bags
  • Zip-Lock Bags
  • Small device batteries
  • Mobile phones
  • Electrical cords
  • Ink cartridges

    What cannot be recycled (for Residual Waste):

    • Animal Droppings
    • Band-Aids
    • Baskets
    • Bubble Wrap & Bubble Envelope
    • Carbon Paper
    • Cassettes, CDs, DVDs & Covers
    • Ceramics & Crockery
    • Chocolate foil wrappers
    • Cigarette butt
    • Clothes (unfit for charity)
    • Coat hangers
    • Coffee Cups (The lids however are recyclable)
    • Cotton Wool, Pads, & Buds
    • Cutlery
    • Disposable Nappies / Cloth Nappies
    • Hair (Human & Pet – double bagged)
    • Household Items
    • Kitty Litter (bagged)
    • Lighter (empty of all fluid)
    • Manure (bagged)
    • Mirror (Broken) (Paper Wrapped)
    • Paper Towel used with chemicals
    • Pens, Pencils & Crayons
    • Picture Frame
    • Plant Pot
    • Plastic Cutlery (those that snap when folded or bent)
    • Plastic Strapping
    • Plate Glass (Paper Wrapped)
    • Pyrex & Ovenware
    • Razors
    • Ribbons
    • Rope, String & Twine
    • Shoes (unfit for Charity)
    • Sporting Goods (unfit for Charity)
    • Textiles
    • Tissues
    • Toothbrush
    • Umbrella

       

      Recycling is a lifelong endeavour. By changing a few simple habits after a little research, you’ll be making an unquantifiably enormous impact over the course of your lifetime!

       

      You’ll notice we didn’t go into the new green FOGO bins you’ve seen littered around the Illawarra. We’ll get into that next time!

       

       

      Information used from http://wollongongwaste.com.au