• What We Can Recycle For You at Biome


    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:

    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 any Biome store, as well as 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 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

    36 Responses to What We Can Recycle For You at Biome
    1. Michael
      August 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

      I work for a recycling company and do quite a bit of research on recycling, mainly printer cartridges but I actually learned something new from your blog today, I didn’t know that you could actually recycle cork from wine bottles, I usually recycle the bottle and bin the cork, can I put the cork in the bottle bin with the bottles or is it a separate waste stream?

      Interesting blog, thanks for sharing..

      • Biome team
        August 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        Hi Michael! Thanks for commenting. To answer your question, cork cannot be recycled through your regular curbside collection in Australia. So you can either drop a bag of them to our stores once you have collected a few and we’ll pass them on to be recycled, or if not local to our stores you can search recyclingnearyou.com.au for a closer drop off point.

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      March 17, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      I have just cleaned out one of my kitchen drawers and now have a bag full of corks that I had been saving for recycling. Is it okay to post them to you?

      • Biome team
        March 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        Yes, of course! Please post them to 1/51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064. Thank you!

    4. Catherine Flitcroft
      March 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

      Hi Biome
      Wonderful to know there’s a recycling option for some items most wouldn’t think to recycle. Do you have any stores in Sydney? If so, where?

      • Biome team
        March 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm

        We don’t have any physical stores in Sydney, sorry, but you can post items to be recycled to us at 1/51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064. We have four stores in Brisbane (Brisbane City, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Paddington and Balmoral) and an online store here > http://www.biome.com.au.

    5. Susan Gardner
      March 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      I am trying to minimise the number of products I buy with plastic packaging but obviously that is impossible. After reading your blog I was wondering if it would be possible to post mixed bags of items e.g. shampoo and conditioner bottles and soft plastics? With only my husband and myself at home now we don’t create a lot of “non-recyclable” items so it would take me forever to fill one of your boxes.

      • Biome team
        March 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        Hi Susan, you’re welcome to post these items to us.

    6. Glenda Bourn
      April 7, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Thank you for this! I have a question about the blister packs that tablets/medication come in, are they recyclable anywhere?
      Thank you so much
      Kind regards

      • Biome team
        April 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        Not that we’re aware of sorry.

    7. Ashley
      April 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Biome,

      I’m starting my journey towards a zero waste lifestyle, and am interested in sending my empty toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner bottles to you for recycling. I wanted to check if they have to be whole, or is it ok to send them to you in pieces? I ask as I usually need to cut open the conditioner bottles to get the last bits from the bottom of the bottle 🙂
      Thank you

      • Biome team
        April 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        Please clean them out before sending to us. You can cut them up into pieces if you need to. Thanks!

    8. Candice
      June 22, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Hi there, in regards to completely washing out cosmetic items I’ve seen your answer about cutting them to wash them is ok to do but what about tricky items like mascara?

      • Linda
        January 14, 2019 at 8:07 am

        I have contacted Terracycle myself with this same question. They understand It’s impossible to get all the product out of this type of container. Maybe Biome would accept mascaras that are as dried up as possible and ask that the wand cap is screwed on?

    9. Pam
      June 22, 2018 at 10:37 am

      I am in Sydney and not found anyone to take old CDs/DVDs. Can I post them to you?

      • Biome team
        June 22, 2018 at 11:35 am

        Yes, you can! Please send to 1/51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064

    10. Sharon
      February 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Hi, do you accept for recycling (or know where I can send to) old credit cards/gift cards (cut into pieces), plastic cable tie pieces, plastic bottle tops, the plastic binding stuff used to wrap stacks of newspapers/per bales, single use eye-drop capsules, bread bag plastic ties, and stuff like that?

      • Biome team
        August 16, 2019 at 12:28 pm

        Best to contact your local council about this.

    11. Michelle
      April 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Can we recycle the violet/miron glass that some beauty products come in? I’ve been told no by a friend, but the Brisbane City Council recycling guide doesn’t say anything yes or no about violet glass. It says you can recycle clear, green or amber glass. Do you know?

      • Biome team
        August 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

        It would be best to contact your local council directly about this.

    12. May 9, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Regards for helping out, great information.

    13. Ash
      May 12, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Hi, just want to check if you are still accepting plastic pens and highlighters at your Milton address for recycling. Thank you.

    14. Georgie
      May 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      Hi there,
      With regard to your CD recycling – do you take the cases as well or just the CD? Regardless an awesome service!

    15. Tam
      May 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Hi, can you recycle large plastic storage containers or know anyone who does? One of ours broke to bits and it seems like a lot of plastic to go in the bin…

      • Biome team
        August 16, 2019 at 12:26 pm

        Best to contact your local council about this.

    16. Asha
      May 21, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Hi – are you still accepting pens and highlighters at Milton address?

    17. Baleine
      May 25, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Can you still recycle cork if I post it to you?

    18. Nat
      July 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Hi will you still be recycling beauty products now that the Loreal -Terracycle partnership is ending At the end of July?

      • Biome team
        August 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm

        Yes, Biome still accepts beauty products for recycling. We request that they are empty and cleaned out.

    19. Serena
      August 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Hi. Just wondering if you also accept DVD cases and CD cases, as well as the discs themselves?

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