There are many items that cannot go in your recycling bin, but can be recycled in other ways:
Plastic bags and soft plastics
Plastic bags, food wrappers such as chip packets, lolly wrappers, frozen produce bags and other soft plastic items can be recycled through specially marked soft plastics recycling bins at major supermarkets.
These items are collected by REDCycle, which works with local companies to recycle soft plastics into furniture, signage, wheel stops and even asphalt. The list of accepted items may change. Visit the REDCycle website for an up-to-date list of accepted items: www.redcycle.net.au
Where possible, it is best to avoid takeaway coffee cups by using a reusable cup. But if you find yourself with a takeaway cup, you can recycle it through the Simply Cups program. Find out more, including a list of recycling locations, at www.simplycups.com.au
Batteries and electronic waste
Batteries and electronic items cannot go in any of your household bins. An electronic item includes any item that uses a plug, power cord or battery to operate.
You can recycle these items at the following locations:
Monash Waste Transfer Station: 380 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill
Any item with a plug, battery or cord is accepted.
Some large mixed material items, such as electric or massage chairs, may incur a processing fee.
For a list of accepted items and costs, see Waste Transfer Station and tipping facilities.
Monash Civic Centre: 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
Mobile phones and chargers, batteries, light globes and small electronic items (things you can carry with one hand under 30cm long) are accepted.
Aldi stores: Household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V-sized batteries) are accepted.
Officeworks stores: For computer equipment, mobile phones, household batteries, printer cartridges. Pens and markers are also accepted for recycling.
IKEA stores: Light globes and household batteries are accepted. They may even buy back IKEA furniture still in good condition.
Stationery, coffee pods and oral care
Terracycle provides recycling solutions for many items that cannot go in your recycling bin, such as pens, highlighters, coffee pods, toothbrushes, shavers, bread tags, toys, straws, pet toys, gloves and so much more. Some items can be recycled for free, but costs may apply for others.
Find out more and see what you could recycle at www.terracycle.com.au
Clothing, shoes and textiles
Good-quality clothing can be donated to charity shops in Monash. For locations, please see our Community Directory.
UPPAREL provides a collection service to repurpose or recycle clothing and textiles. New or fit-for-wear items are passed onto charity and op shops while the remaining items are upcycled into new products or recycled into new materials.
Clothing and textiles items accepted by UPPAREL include:
- Shoes (pairs only)
- Bags (handbags, backpacks)
- Bed sheets, towels
- Fabric off-cuts
Costs apply and all items must be cleaned before sending. Find out more at www.upparel.com.au
Paintback offers safe disposal of paint and paint tins at its drop-off collection sites. Along with disposing of waste paint responsibly, Paintback is committed to researching new ways to re-purpose unwanted paint materials. Find your nearest drop-off collection point at www.paintback.com.au
You can also take paint and paint tins to the Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Station.
Sustainability Victoria provides a free household chemical drop-off service at different locations across Victoria. This is where you can safely dispose of old chemicals and other dangerous substances such as:
- Aerosol cans
- Cooking oil
- Nail polish and remover
- Fertiliser, weed killers
- Insect spray/pesticides
- Pool chemicals
- Brake fluid
- Car wax, coolant, transmission fluid
- Lawn mower fuel, petrol, diesel
For more information, please go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome
Other recycling options
For more recycling options in your area, please see recyclingnearyou.com.au
Businesses can visit businessrecycling.com.au