What we can recycle for you at Biome

We offer this complimentary service to make it easier for our community to recycle those items that can not be placed in your Council kerbside recycling bins – and have that them turned into resources with a second useful life!

Please note that we do not accept waste from business use.  Businesses can purchase TerraCycle bins here >

Items we recycle

Scroll down for more detail about how to recycle each type with Biome. 

  • Products purchased from Biome
  • Beauty packaging 
  • Pens, pencils, markers, highlighters
  • Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes
  • Plastic bread tags
  • Blister packs from medication
  • Wine corks
  • Stockings and tights
  • Straws
  • All silicone products purchased from Biome (except menstrual cups) such as: silicone baking sheets, silicone food covers, Stasher food bags, bottle covers, Joco cup lids, silicone straws.
  • Contact lenses, plastic film and pods.  Please do not send cardboard packaging or solution bottles.
  • Bras (except our Burwood store - see below)

When bringing items in store, or sending to us, PLEASE KEEP EACH TYPE OF WASTE IN SEPARATE BAGS OR BOXES.  Please do not mix them in together as our team are not able to handle the items due to hygiene measures for coronavirus.

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 Beauty Packaging

Recycle pumps from bottles (shampoo, body wash, face cleanser etc), makeup containers, lip balm tubes and other beauty packaging (excluding spray cans).

Please ensure the items are empty and cleaned out. We do not accept PET bottles such as liquid hand wash and shampoo bottles, as these can be placed in your Council recycling bin.

STORE: Bring all your empty and cleaned out beauty packaging to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

POST: Send to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

Recycle Pens, Pencils, Markers, Highlighters

For individuals or householders, not businesses sorry.*

STORE: Bring all your empty pens, markers, highlighters and old pencils to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

POST: Send to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

*Please note that Biome's recycling service is for personal use only, not for businesses. Business, community groups and organisations wishing to recycle items such as pens and markers should purchase their own Terracycle bin here >

Recycle Toothbrushes & Toothpaste Tubes

All toothpaste tubes must be completely cleaned out for us to take them from you. We cannot accept toothpaste tubes with product inside still.

STORE: Bring your empty, cleaned out toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes to a Biome store and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling. 

POST: Send to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064 and we will send them to TerraCycle for recycling.

At TerraCycle they are shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products. With credit to Colgate for sponsoring this program.

Recycle Plastic Bread Bag 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. 

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

POST: Send to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064.

We prefer your bread tags to be brought to us in either a paper bag or reusable container, and not a single use plastic bag. 

*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.  

Recycle Wine Corks

Recycling cork keeps it out of landfill and saves resources and carbon emissions. 

STORE: Bring your wine corks in to a Biome store and we will recycle them for you.

POST: Send to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064.

The corks we collect are given to various organisations that put them to use.

Did you know: 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!

Recycle Stockings & Tights

STORE: Drop at least three pairs of washed and unwearable stockings or tights to any Biome store.

POST: Send at least three pairs of washed and unwearable stockings or tights to ATT: RECYCLING Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064.

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.

Recycle Bras - Support the Girls

You can bring in bras of all sizes to help the Support the Girls project, collecting bras for homeless and disadvantaged Australian women. You can drop off bras at Paddington, Balmoral, City, Indooroopilly & 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 because Support the Girls only has somewhere in Queensland that we can hand the bras on to, and we can not ship large volumes of bras from Melbourne to Queensland.

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