Recycling units for difficult-to-recycle items

picture of Council's recycling unit at the council centre

More people recycling more often helps the City of Hobart reach its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030. The key to successful recycling is ensuring that there is no ‘contamination’ from other goods, which is why sorting is so important.

Stumped if you know how to get rid of batteries or light globes? What about that old mobile phone or broken stapler?

Specified small items not included in your fortnightly recycling collection can be dropped off at the City of Hobart's recycling unit listed below.

Other publicly accessible recycling units can be found at: TasTAFE Campbell St Campus, UTAS Sandy Bay Campus (Social Sciences foyer), and the Sustainability Learning Centre Mt Nelson.

The materials accepted at these units may vary slightly from those accepted at the Council unit. Check in with individual host organisations for opening hours and a list of what is acceptable. 

City of Hobart's recycling unit  is located at the Council Centre (corner of Davey and Elizabeth streets, Hobart)

Items suitable for drop-off:

toothbrushes and toothpaste

light globes (small and large)


small e-waste items


pens and markers

beauty products

contact lenses, cases and blister packs

toner cartridges

DVDs, CDs and cassette/VHS tapes

mail satchels

bread bag tags




Check your items in the City’s A to Z recycling guide to see what products and components are accepted by the recycling centre.

A to Z recycling guide

The items you bring can be recycled into raw materials to make new products. Some of the uses they will be put to include plastic products, asphalt, roofing, car parts, insulation and fertiliser. Check the table below to see how your items are used after they being recycled. 

How your items are used after recycling

Recycled item Product components Outputs or end-use

Mobile phones

Plastics, Circuits, Batteries

Plastics down-cycled into products like shipping pallets, precious metals recovered (gold, silver, copper, lead) for remanufacture

Fluorescent tubes

Mercury, Aluminium, glass, phosphorous powder

Metals recycled, glass recycled into glass wool for insulation, manufacture of dental amalgam (silver fillings), and phosphorous powder used to make fertilizer products

Batteries (AAA, AA, C and D only)

Metals, Plastics, chemicals

Plastic and metals recovered for reprocessing, chemicals used in glass & textile manufacture


Plastic, steel, precious metals, glass

Silver recovered for re-manufacture, plastic recovered for reprocessing

Beauty product packaging:

Cosmetics packaging (lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging) 

Skin care packaging (lip balm, face moisturiser, face and body wash soap dispensers and tubes, body and hand lotion dispensers and tubes and shaving foam packaging)

Mixed plastics

Plastics down-cycled into products like garden pots and park benches

Toothpaste tubes and brushes (all brands)

Mixed plastics

Plastics down-cycled into products like garden pots and park benches

Small ewaste (USBs, web-cameras, computer cables, tablets, notebooks, computer accessories)

Plastic, steel, precious metals, glass

Plastics recovered for use in laserlite roofing, machine casings, Lego, car components. Metals and glass recovered for remanufacture

Media (DVDs, CDs, tapes)

Mixed plastics

Plastics down-cycled into products like garden pots and park benches

Pens, pencils and markers, and mail satchels

Mixed plastics

Plastics down-cycled into products like garden pots and park benches

Ink and toner cartridges

Toner, metals, plastics

Toner recycled into 'TonerPave' (an asphalt mix), metals & plastics recovered for remanufacture into new cartridges, stationery. Inks recovered for printing