31.10.2020 Environment

New Ideas for Recycling

So You Think You Can Recycle? challenge set for National Recycling Week

This month Australians are being encouraged to think about whether we’re doing as well as we could be in recycling.

To mark Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week from November 7 – 13, the organisation is posing the challenge So You Think You Can Recycle?

Recycling paper and packaging at home has become part of our everyday lives.

Yet there’s a growing range of materials and products, from soft plastics and batteries to computers and paint that can now be recycled.

What happens to items from the bathroom? What processes are in place at work? How does buying recycled products close the recycling loop? These are just some of the questions being answered.

Here are some new ideas for recycling around the home suggested by Planet Ark:


Spring is in the air and fresh fruit and veggies are abundant, but what is the best thing to do with all those scraps from all those healthy meals and smoothies? Composts and worm farms are easy options or Bokashi buckets are great for apartment living. Food waste makes up over one-third of household waste and when it ends up in landfill it creates methane, which is a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Find more information about these options here: http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/news/display/881

Bathroom and Cosmetic Packaging

What to do with the copious amounts of bathroom products we consume? Do you recycle your empty products such as shampoo and conditioner bottles, aerosol cans, toilet rolls and cosmetic packaging? All of these can be recycled in your home recycling bin with the exception of cosmetic packaging, which can be done through a new program developed by Terracycle and L’Oreal Australia.

Soft Plastics

Did know you can recycle soft plastics like bread bags, pasta, rice, biscuit and confectionary packaging and cling film at Coles supermarkets through the RedCycle program? Your empty packaging will be recycled into useful new products like furniture!

Swap It!

Clothes, shoes and accessories – don’t need or want them anymore or has your shape changed? Swap them! A number of communities hold swaps around National Recycling Week or you can search social media platforms for local or community swaps and giveaways all year round. Or you could simply donate the used belongings to charities or create your own swap party using this helpful guide.

Popular activities the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, the Friday File Fling and the Big Aussie Swap are designed to get schools, social or community groups and businesses recycling, in addition to the recycling actions people take at home.

National Recycling Week is this year celebrating 21 years of initiatives to encourage us all to minimise waste by putting it to good reuse.

For more information, visit

RecyclingWeek.PlanetArk.org website or call the National Recycling Hotline on

1300 733 712