Moving home for the holidays? Make sure to recycle your stuff.

25 November 2019

Are you cleaning out your flat, share house or college room to move home for the summer break? Maybe you have just finished your exams and realised that now is a good time to clean your room so you can see the floor again. Rather than just bringing your wheelie bin inside, here are some options for how and where you can sustainably recycle your stuff

Download Brisbane bin and recycling app

Brisbane City Council's Brisbane Bin and Recycling app helps you stay up-to-date with bin collection days and learn how to recycle waste more effectively, including where to take weird items like mattresses for recycling.

The app is available to download onto iOS and Android devices.

Features of the app include:

  • a bin collection calendar for Brisbane residents, with a notification option to remind you when your bins will be collected
  • an alphabetical list of materials with information on how to recycle or dispose of them
  • push notifications about your next kerbside collection service and free tipping days in your area.


Weighed down by notes, notebooks, printouts, revision sheets and other paper you never want to see again? All types of paper can be put in your household recycling bin, including your uni notes, newspapers, junk mail, and any magazines you have been reading to procrastinate, instead of studying.

According to Planet Ark, every tonne of office paper recycled results in energy savings equivalent to running an average home for 1.5 months. It also helps to get good quality office paper back into circulation. 

Don’t forget to close the loop and buy Australian-made recycled paper when you restock next year.

Cables, chargers, batteries, phones, printer cartridges and pens

With electronic waste (e-waste) growing three times faster than other types of waste, the average Australian is generating 23kg each per year. There are some products you can’t put in your recycling bin, such as batteries and mobile phones. Recycling items such as printer cartridges and pens, diverts plastic from landfill.

Officeworks has introduced new recycling stations with their Bring it Back program. Check Officeworks’ Store Locator to see what items individual stores accept.

Another option for your old phone is MobileMuster. Find a drop-off point or pick up a free MobileMuster satchel from AusPost. Alternatively, complete this form and they will send you a MobileMuster mailing label so you can post back your old mobiles and accessories for free.


If you can’t wait for Council’s free kerbside collection (check the app for dates in your area), furniture in useable condition can be donated to a local Council resource recovery centre. Donated items are prepared for sale at Council tip shops, which support the Endeavour Foundation.

Furniture that can’t be donated can also be taken to your local resource recovery centre (but to a different location at the centre).


Donate good quality secondhand clothing to your local charity shop. Find your nearest clothing bin or charity store that accepts donations via the map published by Charity Bins Near Me. Put your holey clothes in your general waste bin.

Don’t forget shops like SWOP will also give you cash or store credit for some clothes and labels.


Image credits: Erda Estremera on Unsplash and  Steve Johnson from Pixabay