How to Recycle Popular Household Supplies – So We Can Do Our Part

Even if you use your Keep Cup every day and always carry a reusable shopping bag, there are still ways to improve your green credentials.

The average Australian family produces enough garbage each year to fill a three-bedroom house – that is, about 2.25 kg of waste generated every day – [i] it is important to recycle properly so that our waste is not wasted. So what should go where? Follow our simple guide.

Home furniture

Not all garbage can leave a curb. Explore the use of specific waste bins that allow you to recycle everything from cigarette tips to chewing gum, party decorations or outdoor furniture.


If you're like us, you may have broken or obsolete cell phones, laptops, or printers at home. According to research, only 20 percent of global e-waste is recycled every year, which means that 40 million tonnes are either landfilled, incinerated or traded illegally and handled in a non-standard way. [Ii] The good news is that you can recycle your old e-products through companies like TechCollect or Mobile Pattern that accept your old and forgotten gadgets.

Cardboard packaging

Before disposing of cardboard, bottle or packing, rinse and clean as thoroughly as possible to prevent residue from leaking into other packaging or bottles. And remember, not all products are recyclable. For example, pizza boxes are made of cardboard, but pizza fat is a pollutant and cannot be separated from the paper fibers during pulping. This can result in the entire batch of recycled paper being dumped. Follow this list to check again.

Beauty packs

Think about how your recycled products can raise money for your school or favorite charity. Burt’s Bees has partnered with TerraCycle to enable you to send branded personal care, lip care and beauty care packages to them for free. Collectors earn $ 1 for each shipment over one kilogram of TerraCycle's Australian school or charity of their choice. Visit https: for more information on Burt's bee recycling initiative.


[i] Ha, Tanya, 2009, Green Stuff for Children, Melbourne University Press, Victoria, Australia.


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