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 >

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
  • Wine corks
  • Coat hangers
  • Stockings and tights
  • Straws
  • Bras - ON HOLD

When bringing in to 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.

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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.

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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: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

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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: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064

*Please note, 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 >

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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: 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.

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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: Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, MILTON QLD 4064.

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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: 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!

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Biome's Coat Hanger Exchange 

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.

DROP OFF: Clean coat hangers can be dropped off at our Online Distribution Centre in Milton. They must be in good working order for others who need them – clean, have no rust and not be broken.

PICK UP: 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.

*Please note that we can only accept hangers at our Online Distribution Centre in Milton (Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064). We do not accept dry cleaning hangers – these should be returned to the dry cleaners.

Read more about how you can reduce coat hanger waste here >

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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 Biome Eco Stores, Shop 1, 51 Douglas Street, Milton QLD 4064.

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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.

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Uplift Bras Project

ON HOLD - we are not accepting bras at the moment

You can bring in bras of all sizes (particularly sizes 12-20 A-G) to support the Uplift Bra Project. 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: Biome cannot accept bodysuits, torsolettes, shapewear, U-bras, lingerie, swimwear, underwear or socks.

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