Recycling unit for difficult to recycle items

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

Small items not included in your fortnightly recycling collection can be dropped off at the City of Hobart on the corner of Davey and Elizabeth streets from late October, between 8.15 am and 5.15 pm, Monday–Friday.

The City is trialling the new recycling unit for small items such as light globes and fluorescent tubes, small household batteries (AAs and AAAs), toner cartridges, mobile phones and accessories, DVDs and CDs, X-rays, cosmetic containers, toothpaste tubes and brushes, mail satchels, pens, and small electronics such as remote controls.

All these goods 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.

The key to successful recycling is ensuring that there is no ‘contamination’ from other goods, which is why sorting is so important.

More people recycling more often helps the City of Hobart reach its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030.

List of products and components accepted by the recycling centre, and how they are used.
Products accepted 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

Metals, Plastics, chemicals

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

X-rays

Plastic, steel, precious metals, glass

Silver recovered for re-manufacture, plastic recovered for reprocessing

Beauty product 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