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Surprising Things That Typically Aren’t Recyclable

Surprising Things That Typically Aren’t Recyclable

It’s fair to say that at this point in the history of civilisation, we are all very aware of the impact that we can make if we make the effort to do things like recycle.

Recycling isn’t a new phenomenon anymore, and most of us follow the rules and regulations to a tee, but believe it or not, there are still certain things that people don’t know aren’t allowed! 

Here at EE Waste, we specialise in providing all kinds of waste disposal services, and we like to make sure that our customers are as learned as they can be when it comes to being environmentally aware and eco-friendly.

With that in mind, here are some surprising things that aren’t typically recycled and shouldn’t be thrown in recycling bins in Toowoomba.

Shredded Paper

Lots of us shred documents to hide important information before throwing it out, but that actually makes it useless for recycling purposes!

Shredding paper destroys the majority of natural fibres of paper which means that if someone were to try to recycle it, it would not be able to hold its shape anymore.

Some Food /drink Containers

It’s important to look at the packaging rather than assume that because it contains/wraps food it is recyclable.

There are surprisingly quite a number of items that cannot be recycled including take away polystyrene containers, paper cups and drinks containers, and even though many plastic bottles are recyclable, their caps are not.

Any food container that traps grease, for example, pizza boxes, should not be put in with regular recycling as grease inhibits the recycling process. 

Disposable Nappies

Disposable nappies are one of the most challenging single-use items that the world faces these days.

They are made from composite materials, and this mixture of materials combined with the human waste that they are designed for makes them virtually impossible to recycle. They take up a lot of landfill space.


Anything ceramic will need to go to the landfill rather than the recycling plant.

Make sure not to throw things like broken china, kitchenware, and crockery in with glass, which IS recyclable.

Electronic Waste

The thing about electronic waste like batteries is that in some cases they ARE recyclable, but they need to be processed and treated in their own separate manner.

For this reason, they can’t be thrown in with all of the more recognisable recyclable materials. Many local councils have battery drop off stations, as well as there being lots of stores accepting old duds.

So, if you are looking to hire one or more recycling bins in Toowoomba, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at EE Waste.

Feel free to contact a member of our trained and experienced team and they will be able to provide all the answers to any questions that you might have. We look forward to being able to help you out.


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