Household Recycling

Australians and New Zealanders are great recyclers and Visy's goal is to make recycling easy. Every week, millions of households put out recyclable materials for collection or processing by Visy.

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Visy works with councils to make this process as smooth and simple as possible for householders. Depending on your council's arrangements, recycling services may be provided by Visy or another recycling company. 

Where do my recyclables go?

Household recyclables are delivered to one of Visy's Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) around Australia and New Zealand. There, they are sorted and baled into groups: paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, steel and aluminium. Find out more about the recycling process.

How can I recycle better?

You can play your part in the recycling process by ensuring everything you put out is ready to recycle (and recyclable in the first place).

Also, have a think about what you can do to minimise your use of non-recyclable products. A lot of things can be re-used as something new once they've served their original purpose, and that way they don't end up as landfill.

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Household recycling tips

  • Ensure that you recycle as much as possible - all your paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium cans, tin cans, milk and juice cartons, and glass containers.
  • Take care not to put non-recyclable items in your recycling bin.
  • Compost food scraps and use them on your garden as fertiliser.
  • Correctly dispose of any large electrical goods (eg fridges, washing machine, dryers etc) through either your local council or private recyclers.
  • Dispose of any small electronic equipment (eg mobile phones, batteries etc) through local electronic retailers who will send this equipment off to be recycled.
  • Use a tub or basket to transport recyclables from your kitchen to your recycling bin rather than use plastic bags - it'll ensure your efforts aren't wasted.  
  • Conserve water by not rinsing out food containers - however do ensure that all food or liquid has been removed from containers before you put them in the recycling bin.  
  • There's no need to peel labels off containers, as they're removed during the recycling process anyway.