• What We Can Recycle For You at Biome

    March 3, 2018 • GUIDES, PLASTIC FREE / WASTE FREE

    Did you know that you can drop at any Biome store personal care and cosmetics packaging, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, wine corks, pens and markers for recycling whether purchased from us or not?  These are all items that can not be placed in your household recycling bin, so to save you the worry of what to do with them, we look after it for you!  We now also take good coat hangers at our Online Distribution Centre in Milton, see more below

    Because at Biome we are committed to operating as zero waste as possible and reducing plastics ending up in our environment, you can also leave with us the packaging from any item you buy in store and we will recycle it for you including soft and hard plastics.

    *Please note this is a service for personal use only, not for businesses.  Business wishing to recycle items such as pens and CDs should purchase their own Terracycle bin here >

    Recycle Cosmetics & Skin Care Packaging

    All containers must be completely cleaned out for us to take them from you.

    1. Cosmetics e.g. Lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging.

    2. Hair care e.g. Pumps from shampoo and conditioner bottles, hair gel tubes and hair treatment packaging.

    3. Skin care e.g. Lip balm, pumps from bottles (moisturiser, body wash, soap etc), hand lotion, tubes and shaving foam packaging..

    We send the packaging to TerraCycle, who clean and melt into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products.

    Please note: Biome cannot accept personal care and cosmetics packaging that haven’t been completely emptied, cut in half where possible, and cleaned out, and we do not have the resources to do this for you. Before bringing in any personal care items to our stores to recycled via TerraCycle, we kindly ask that you please ensure they are empty of product and clean. 

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    Recycle Packaging From Products Purchased in Store

    Before you leave the store with your purchases, feel free to take off the packaging and leave with us whether it be soft or hard plastic and cardboard.  We send all soft plastics to RedCycle.

    We work with our suppliers to have them stop using plastic packaging in the first place.

    Recycle Pens, Pencils, Markers, Highlighters

    For individuals or householders (not businesses sorry*), bring all your empty pens, markers, highlighters and old pencils to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

    You can also post them to us: Biome, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064.

    Recycle Toothbrushes & Toothpaste Tubes

    All toothpaste tubes must be completely cleaned out for us to take them from you.

    Many people do not realise that toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes must not be put in your Council recycling bin.  But now, rather than throw them in the rubbish and off to landfill, bring them to Biome for recycling via TerraCycle.  At TerraCycle they are shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.  With credit to Colgate for sponsoring this program.

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    Brisbane City Council Recycling Guide for Households

    We can accept: empty toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, floss containers and electric toothbrush heads. No electric toothbrush handles or bases are allowed.

    Recycle Wine Corks

    Cork is derived from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in the western Mediterranean region, and must be 25 years old before its first harvest.  It is harvested sustainably and actually helps to protect vulnerable cork forests by making them financially viable rather than clear felling for other agriculture. Therefore, we encourage you to actively choose wine bottles with corks!

    Recycling cork keeps it out of landfill and saves resources and carbon emissions.  We have accepted corks for recycling since we opened our first store in 2005. Corks are given to various organisations that put them to use.

    Biome’s Coat Hanger Exchange

    ON HOLD – we are not accepting coat hangers at the moment

    As part of Biome’s mission to be part of a sustainable fashion industry, we’ve created a coat hanger exchange at Biome’s Online Distribution Centre in Milton where you can drop off clean coat hangers (except dry cleaning hangers) that are in good working order for others who need them.

    For those who need coat hangers, for personal or event use, you can come pick them up from our Online Distribution Centre in Milton. Reach out if you want to know how many we have available before coming to pick them up.

    Bread Tags

    We are an Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs collection point. The bread tags are sold to independent plastic moulding companies such as South Australian Transmutation.

    Bring your tags in to a Biome store and we will recycle them for you. Alternatively, send to:

    ATT: RECYCLING
    Biome Eco Stores
    Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street
    Milton QLD 4064

    *Please note that Biome cannot take large collections from schools, businesses and  organisations. Please contact Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs directly to process your bulk collections.  

    Uplift Bra Program

    We are proud to collect bras on behalf of Support The Girls, who are creating a platform that changes the hearts of its women, by burning away the prejudices of homelessness, enabling women to rediscover their merits, reinstate their creative capacity, exalt their dignity, enable their motives and transform their relationships between themselves and their respective community.

    You can drop off bras at Paddington, Balmoral, City, Indooroopilly and at our Online Distribution Centre in Milton. Please ensure the bras are of a good quality and are washed before bringing them to Biome.

    Please note our Burwood is not a drop off point.

    Please note that Biome cannot accept bodysuits, torsolettes, shapewear, U-bras, lingerie, swimwear, underwear or socks.

    Recycle Plastic Straws

    If you have any plastic straws at home, or if you’ve found any on the ground in your travels, bring them into Biome to recycle. Please note that we can only accept plastic straws for recycling and not paper, bamboo or metal straws.

    *Purchase a TerraCycle Zero Waste Bin for Your Business, Workplace or Organisation

    Biome sells a range of TerraCycle zero waste bins to suit your needs. Choose bins for recycling coffee capsules, office supplies, pens, snack wrappers, mailing labels, tape, CDs and more.
    We have more information about these Terracycle bins for business >

    Cork image source: © Mamoula | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos