Recycling is the process of turning old products into new products in order to prevent the disposal of potentially useful materials. Recycling transforms the production process of materials from a linear to a cyclic process, effectively closing the loop and allowing materials to be used repeatedly without continuous exploitation of virgin resources.
Various material types can be recycled by utilising the kerbside recycling collection system (yellow-lidded domestic recycling bin) or the drop-off recycling centre facilities provided by Logan City Council (e.g. the Browns Plains Landfill and transfer stations).
Please place only the following items in your domestic recycling bin:
All items received in the kerbside recycling collection (domestic or commercial) are transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). This is where the mixed recyclables are sorted into material types and baled ready for transport and sale. Find out where to recycle other items.
Why do we recycle?
Recycling is a very important way for individuals and businesses to reduce the amount of waste they would otherwise send to landfill. Far less energy is used to recycle an old product than to create a new product from virgin resources. Everything that has ever been produced has at some point, been sourced as raw materials from the earth. Most of the natural resources used to make these products are non-renewable.
Diverting recyclable waste from landfill can help to save:
- Natural resources, energy and water used during production
- Fuel used for transportation
- Space in landfill
- Greenhouse gas emissions
When recycled, the various material types can be made into a large variety of useful products (they are not necessarily turned into the same product every time).
Materials are shaped into one form or another depending on their material type, quality and demand. For example steel and aluminium can be used for bike parts, appliances and car parts; plastic bottles can be used for polar fleeces, backpacks, sleeping bags and ski suit insulation.