Turning your recycling into new products

What does a road, your shirt and a baby food jar all have in common? They can all be made using the items you put in your recycling bin!

Your recycling efforts really do make a difference and the proof is in the very products you use every day.

When you recycle, you not only give material a chance to become something new, you divert it from the landfill.

You also save energy and natural resources by minimising the need to mine for new materials.

There are a range of products made from your recycling, including:

  • paper - telephone directories, kitty litter, plasterboard, egg cartons and cardboard boxes and kitty litter
  • cardboard - paper bags, new cardboard, paperboard
  • magazines - paperboard and newspapers
  • plastics - wheelie bins, clothing, pallets, carpet fibre, signage, sleeping bag and jacket lining, outdoor furniture like seats, bollards and play equipment, frisbees, plastic bottles and buckets
  • glass - new glass bottles, fibreglass and road base
  • aluminium - bike and car parts, appliances, new cans, door and window frames
  • steel - steel cans, car and bike parts, appliances.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 7 January 2020