• What We Can Recycle For You at Biome

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

    Did you know that you can drop personal care and cosmetics packaging, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, wine corks, pens and markers, and CDs for recycling at Biome, 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!

    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. shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes, hair spray and hair treatment packaging.

    3. Skin care e.g. lip balm, moisturiser, body wash, soap dispensers and tubes, body and 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.  With credit to L’Oréal Australia and its brand Garnier for sponsoring this program.

    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, and floss containers. No Electronic toothbrushes and electronic toothbrush parts 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.

    Recycle CDs, Cassettes, Memory Sticks & other Data Storage

    For individuals or householders (not businesses sorry – see below*).

    Records, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray discs, floppy disks, memory sticks and external hard drives…  We will accept for recycling via TerraCycle any object capable of storing data, audio and/or video, in analog or digital format.  However, no actual media players or batteries.

    TerraCycle breaks down the components and metals are melted to be recycled and plastics undergo extrusion and pelletisation to be made into new recycled plastic products.

    Uplift Bra Program – ON HOLD

    Please note, that we used to take bras that were sent by Project Uplift to women in developing countries.  However, Project Uplift has put a hold on its program at the moment, so we can not accept bras at this time.

    *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

    16 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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    3. ANNELIESE H
      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?
      Thanks
      Catherine

      • 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

      Hi,
      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.
      Regards,
      Susan

      • 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
      Glenda

      • 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?

    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

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