Drop off tricky household items for recycling

Whether you prefer to walk, ride or drive, find a drop-off option convenient for you.

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Examples of what items can be dropped off. Soft plastics, clothing, small electronic items like mobile phones, printer cartridges, light bulbs and tubes, x-rays, household gas bottles, polystyrene and paint.

What you need to do

Consider re-use

Except for clothes and toys, which get resold and reused, items you drop off are for recycling only. If your items are still in working condition, try to find a new home for your household items first.

You could give them away to someone who needs it or try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, Trading Post, Ebay or Freecycle. Follow these tips to learn how to sell your stuff online fast.

Find out more about reducing, reusing and repairing.

Where does it all go?

  • Clothes are donated to Australian charity The Salvation Army and resold in Salvos Stores.
  • Polystyrene will be recycled into products such as building insulation and photo frames.
  • Soft plastics are turned into plastic furniture, signage and road base. 
  • Electronics are sorted and broken down into various materials for recycling. Batteries can be recycled into new ones. Mobile phone components can be used to make new technology, reducing the need for mining raw materials.
  • Light bulbs are crushed and the glass wool can become home insulation.
  • Gas bottles are inspected for reuse. Rejected bottles are shredded and the metal is recycled. The gas is recovered.
  • X-rays are harvested for silver, which is recycled and the remaining product is added to road-base bitumen.
  • Coffee pods are separated for their resources. Coffee grounds are composted. The aluminium casings can be infinitely recycled into new products.
  • Printer cartridge recycling recovers the plastics, metals, ink and toner. Plastics are separated by type before being refined and metals are sent for smelting. They are then sold as raw materials for manufacturing. Ink is refined, mixed and sold as printing ink.
  • Small metal items are taken to a local recycling facility and sorted into categories such as steel, copper, aluminium, lead, silver and gold. These different metals are shredded and sent to a smelter where they are mixed with other materials to create new products.