Recycling the unrecyclable

TERRACYCLE is calling on local community centres, schools and businesses to register, for free, as a collection point for ‘unrecyclable’ items and raise money for non-profit groups.

These items can then be recycled into sustainable items or materials and, with 21.3million tones of waste sent to landfill each year, it is an opportunity for local residents and groups to send their waste to a public collection point.

The unrecyclable items include toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, cleaning and beauty product pumps, triggers and wipes, cigarette waste and coffee capsules.

These items are currently being diverted from landfill.

General Manager of TerraCycle Australia, Anna Minns said everyone should think about getting involved.

“National Recycling Week and the Christmas period is the perfect time to learn more about recycling and how to get involved in your local community,” she said.

“TerraCycle believes anything can and should be recycled and we have developed solutions for waste that are deemed unsavoury or difficult to recycle, such as cigarette butts.

“Since TerraCycle’s launch in March on Clean Up Australia Day we have collected more than three million cigarette butts as well as other unrecyclable waste. “We’ve saved this from landfill, thanks mainly to local litter groups, workplaces, community centres and households.”

Interested groups are encouraged to register on the TerraCycle website as donations will be given towards a local group or cause.

For every piece of waste collected and dropped off at your local collection point two cents goes towards a great local cause or non profit.

To register as a collection point, go to

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