Don’t lose green momentum; challenge the ‘non-recyclable’ myth

Are you looking for ways to keep up your Plastic Free July efforts and turn them into habits? Or have you recently jumped on the green bandwagon and are looking for ways to encourage your mates on board? We’ve put together a list of the most common items we recycle for you to share with friends and family to get everyone collecting!

Plastic razors

Australians go through more than 100 million disposable razors each year and up until now they have all ended up in landfill because they are too complicated to recycle. Thanks to a brand new program launched with Gillette, plastic razors and their packaging can now be recycled in Australia for free. You can search for Community Collection Hub on the map or sign up to become one yourself.

Toothbrushes

Most people will go through about 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime. In an effort to curb the amount of oral care waste heading to landfill, Colgate partnered with TerraCycle in 2014 to recycle them for free, plastic bristles and all. This simple recycling solution could save an estimated 30 million plastic toothbrushes from ending up in landfill every year. That’s 900 tonnes of plastic we could save from entering our environment.

Pens 

Recycling all your writing instruments has been made easy thanks to TerraCycle and BiC. Simply drop them off at participating Officeworks stores or sign up to become a Community Collection Hub for people in your area. Recycling through this program could save an estimated 700 tonnes of pens from landfills across the country.

Cleaning Products

Most of our household waste comes from the kitchen. In an effort to help minimise the harmful effects of cleaning supplies in landfill, Fairy & Ambi Pur will recycle them for free. As well as all brands of dishwashing packaging and air freshener products, the Dish and Air Care Recycling Program accepts spray bottles and trigger heads in their recycling program. Unable to be kerbside recycled, most cleaning products end up polluting the environment. A simple alternative is to ship them to TerraCycle and responsibly dispose of them instead.

For more information on how to participate in any of the recycling programs mentioned above, head to the TerraCycle website and sign up today.

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