Recycling Checklist, what can I recycle?

PLASTIC

YES

Bottles:

  • Soft drinks;

  • Water;

  • Juice;

  • Milk bottles etc

Food Containers:

  • Oil;

  • Yoghurt;

  • Cream;

  • Custard;

  • Margarine;

  • Ready-made meals;

  • Peanut butter etc

Cleaning Agent Containers:

  • Washing liquids;

  • Cleaning products;

  • Detergents etc

Toiletry Containers:

  • Shampoo / conditioner;

  • Sunscreen;

  • Cleanser / toner / moisturiser;

  • Toothpast;

  • Toothbursh;

  • make up etc

Packaging:

  • Plastic bags;

  • Sandwhich bags;

  • Sweet packets;

  • Cellophane etc

Polystyrene:

  • Cups;

  • Egg & food trays (e.g. meat) etc

Cords:

  • Appliance;

  • Computers;

  • Telephone;

  • Extension cords etc

General other:

  • Bottle caps;

  • Plastic toys;

  • Seedling trays;

  • Blister packs

NO

Cling wrap;

Tupperware;

Sticky tape;

Chocolate wrappers and chip packets generally are plastic, but not recyclable unless on an industrial scale ie currently not able to be recycled in small quantities

 

NO

Paper or cardboard that is waxed, glued, plastic or foil coated

Tissues

Serviettes

PAPER

YES

  • White office & Typing paper;

  • Envelopes;

  • Faxes;

  • Printouts;

  • Accounts;

  • Junk mail;

  • Notes;

  • Till slips;

  • Cearal boxes

  • Milk & juice cartons

  • Medicine boxes;

  • Tissue boxes;

  • Clothing tags

  • Cards;

  • Magazinesl

  • Flyers

  • Pamphlets;

  • Brochures

  • Catalogues

  • Calendars

  • Phonebooks

  • Newspapers

  • Egg cartons

  • Toilet paper inners / rolls

  • Roller towel inners

  • Wrapping paper

  • Cardboard boxes

METAL

YES

  • Beverage cans

  • Food tins

  • Pie pans

  • Tin-foil

  • Foil food containers

  • Window frames

  • Garden furniture

  • Sheet metal

  • Aerosol cans

  • Bottle tops

  • Lids

  • Metal toys

  • Oil cans

  • Paint tins

  • Nut & Bolts

NO

Toxic substances need special disposal

GLASS

YES

  • Jars

  • Bottles (clear & coloured)

  • Broken glass bottles or jars

  • Spectacles

  • Lightbulbs ** speical bins **

  • Wine bottles

  • Beer Bottles

NO

China, Porcelain, Ceramics, Pyrex or cooking ware, Crystal, Drinking glasses, Windowpane glass, Mirrors, Windshields, clay pots

E WASTE

  • Computer equipment,

  • entertainment electronics

  • Mobile phones

  • household electronics

YES

INK CARTRIDGES

  • Yes

BATTERIES & GLOBES

  • Traditional light bulbs & CFLs require special recycling.  Some supermarkets have bins for batteries & globes

NOTES

Rinse food containers with a sparse amount of water.

Keep paper clean and dry.

Flatten boxes to save space.

Check with your recycler what they will collect or see what containers are available at local collection depots!

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