General information about recycling materials.
Cars and other vehicles are made up of many useable parts and valuable metals. Recycling these large items is important to preserve landfill space but also for resource recovery.
Safe chemical disposal options exist for a large range of everyday chemicals. Commercial recycling services are also available for those chemicals that can be reused such as motor oil.
Fabrics represent a large investment in water, energy and raw materials. Reuse programs will have the largest environmental benefit.
Common materials such as concrete and bricks can be crushed and recycled, asphalt surfaces repaired and wood pallets reused or refurbished.
The volume of e-waste is growing three times faster than other waste streams. Used electronic equipment contains valuable resources such as precious metals and can be toxic to the environment if placed in landfill.
Australians throw away an estimated three million tonnes of food every year, wasting the resources used to harvest, transport, process and distribute this food. In landfill, food also produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Packaging is made from a number of different materials, most of which can be collected for recycling. While some councils provide a business recycling service, most commercial recyclers also provide co-mingled recycling bins, for plastic, paper, glass, aluminium and cartons.
Reusing or recycling furniture and fittings diverts large waste items from landfill and provides others with quality well-priced shop or office pieces.
Garden chemicals like pesticides can contaminate the soil and waterways and they should be disposed of through chemical collection points or commercial recyclers.
The industrial and manufacturing industry produces large amounts of waste products and many of these can be reused, or recycled.
When light bulbs reach the end of the their lifespan, it is important to upgrade to a more efficient bulb and dispose of the old one correctly.
Making products from recycled metals uses less energy, reduces carbon emissions and uses less water compared with using raw materials.
Clean mixed paper and cardboard is recycled into a variety of paper products. Lower grade products can be recycled or composted as organic waste.
Unwanted or broken machinery can be sold to second hand machinery traders. If a machine cannot be refurbished then it can be deconstructed to recover useable parts rather than disposal to landfill or left to become obsolete.
Many types of plastics are accepted by commercial recyclers by contract or as part of co-mingled recycling, where they collected, shredded and extruded for use in new plastic products.
Common rubber products such as passenger and truck tyres, carpet underlay and even conveyor belts can be recycled into secondary products such as rubber flooring and matting.
There are a number of support services that can make it easier for businesses to implement and manage their waste reduction and recycling programs. These include suppliers of compactors, balers and bins, waste auditors and consultants, and government waste management and recycling programs.