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Waste and recycling

What materials can my business recycle?

The following fact sheets provide advice for small and medium businesses about how to avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle different types of materials.

  • Aluminium (PDF 503KB): Australians already recycle 71 per cent of aluminium cans, however we could be recycling 100 per cent. Clean and sorted aluminium is very valuable.
  • Cardboard (PDF 469KB): Cardboard sent to landfill decomposes and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Find out how you could reduce the volume of waste in your bins by separating and recycling cardboard.
  • Electronic waste (PDF 488KB): Electronic devices contain reusable components and valuable materials which can be recycled. Find out how to keep your computer from joining millions of others in landfill.
  • Food waste (PDF 490KB): 31 per cent of small business waste is food. Find out how you can keep food out of landfill and avoid harmful greenhouse gases.
  • Garden organics (PDF 498KB): Lawn clippings, barks, leaves, twigs and other prunings from landscaped areas can be separated for composting, creating a useful soil conditioner and avoiding harmful greenhouse gases.
  • Glass (PDF 450KB): Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times. Find out how your business can help recycle glass bottles, and save energy and raw materials.
  • Paper (PDF 454KB): Paper and cardboard accounts for 23 per cent of small business waste. Read about simple ways for your business to reduce, reuse and recycle paper.
  • Plastic film (PDF 471KB): A significant amount of energy and valuable petrochemicals are locked in plastics. Find out the benefits of sending your old plastic wrap and used bags for recycling.
  • Plastics identification code 1–7 (PDF 513KB): Clothing, carpet fibres, garden hoses and pallets are among the products that can be created from recycled plastic. Your business could be recycling all plastics marked with the Plastics Identification Code 1–7.
  • Plastics rigid (PDF 454KB): Hard or rigid plastics can be recycled into a huge range of products. Find out how your business can send less plastic to landfill and avoid wasting a significant amount of energy and valuable petrochemicals.
  • Steel (PDF 440KB): Steel can be recycled over and over again. You can save your business money by separating this material and recycling.
  • Wood and timber (PDF 494KB): Pallets sent to landfill from Sydney businesses each year would make a stack 533 kilometres high and reach further than the orbiting International Space Station. Find out how your business can recycle wood and timber.

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Page last updated: 01 August 2016