The lesser lights shine in household recycling

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

How can you recycle more at home? We're really good at recycling items from the kitchen, but often forget about other rooms in the house.

The research presented in Planet Ark's Seven Secrets of Successful Recyclers shows that the kitchen is the recycling hotspot with around two thirds (62%) of Australian homes having a recycling bin or bag set up there.

This drops to about one in three each for the garage and the home office (37% and 43% respectively) and one in four (23%) for the laundry. The bathroom with less than one in five (18%) houses having a recycling bin or bag is the lowest achiever.

Yet the bathroom with its high supply of aerosol cans and plastic bottles offers a rich source of recycling. These include:

  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles.

  • Liquid soap dispensers.

  • Empty aerosol cans, such as shaving foam and deodorants.

  • Plastic cleanser and toner bottles.

  • Cardboard toilet roll cores.

  • Cardboard packaging that comes with toothbrushes and razor blades.

Common items found in the laundry that you can recycle include:

  • Cardboard washing powder boxes.

  • Plastic stain remover product bottles.

  • Plastic fabric softeners and liquid laundry bottles.

  • Plastic carpet shampoo and disinfectant containers.

  • Plastic bleach bottles and toilet cleaning products.

There are a range of products made from your recycling. These include:

  • Paper - telephone directories, kitty litter, plaster board, egg cartons and cardboard boxes.
    Plastics - wheelie bins, clothing, pallets, carpet fibre, signage, sleeping bag and jacket lining, outdoor furniture, bollards and play equipment, Frisbees, plastic bottles and buckets.

  • Glass - new glass bottles, fiberglass and road base.

  • Aluminium - bike and car parts, appliances, new cans, door and window frames.

  • Steel - steel cans