Recycling is the process of turning waste materials (things that you would normally throw away) into new products, generally for someone else to use. Recycling will help the environment, and your community. It will also reduce the amount of material that goes to landfill (dumps) each year. Most waste collection is done by councils.
Contact your local council to find out about their recycling policies.
Read recycling tips offered by the Brisbane City Council, including advice on how to reduce waste.
There are different types of items you can recycle, and various ways to dispose of them safely.
Search online or use a phone directory to find businesses that can help you with recycling. Some businesses may even pay for your unwanted goods (e.g. computers and used building materials).
Recycle wheelie bins
The easiest place to start good recycling habits is at home by using separate bins for your recyclables and general waste.
Using your recycle wheelie bin is a great way to recycle household waste products. These bins are normally provided by your council.
Items usually allowed in them include:
- most paper and cardboards
- some plastic items—not plastic bags, see if your local supermarket has a collection point for plastic bags
- most metal items (e.g. food tins and aluminium cans)
- glass bottles and jars.
- Take lids off plastic bottles and glass items.
- Place items loose in the bin, not in plastic bags.
- Rinse containers.
- Make sure aerosol cans are empty.
- Check the recycling symbols on items to ensure they are recyclable.
- Include only household items (e.g. from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry).
Transfer stations (rubbish tips) allow you to dispose of various waste products. In addition to the items listed above, transfer stations usually let you dispose of:
- green waste
- household items (e.g. white goods and appliances)
- household hazardous waste (e.g. oil and paint)
- gas bottles
- electronic waste.
Contact your local council to find your nearest transfer station.
Many electronic waste (e-waste) items can be recycled, including computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, televisions, and scanners. However, you should not place e-waste items in your recycle wheelie bin.
Most transfer stations will also accept mobile phones for recycling.
Several retail stores and some Australia Post offices accept used printer cartridges for recycling.
Find out where to recycle printer cartridges.