Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Is your school, home and business doing its bit for the environment?

Here are a few items different school items that get tossed into general waste:

  • old furniture
  • old books
  • broken machinery
  • sporting equipment

All of theses items are recyclable. They often get discarded with the general waste because they are not commonly known recycled items.
Every piece of paper that has been drawn on, painted, ripped is recyclable. Broken sporting equipment is just thrown away as most people are unaware it can be reused.

reusing an old door
Repurposing an item is just as good as recycling.
This old door as been repurposed to make a notice board.

Skip bin hire brisbane encourages everyone to recycle as much as possible.

There are many reasons to recycle, especially if you hire a skip bin from skip bins brisbane. The more you recycle the more space you have in your skip bin to get rid of non-recyclable waste. This will not only get you more value for money but you are also doing your bit towards recycling.



Before you start the big clean out.

It’s a good idea to organise your waste into recyclable and non-recyclable items before the big clean out begins, to make sure nothing goes into the skip bin that doesn’t or shouldn’t be there. Its surprising to learn what you can reuse or recycle. The benefits to recycling are amazing. Here are some interesting facts that will help understand why the need to recycle is so high.

Interesting facts about recycling:

  • In Australia, 17.5 million steel cans are recycled each week. This is enough to build 900 cars.

  • In 2008, Australia led the world as the no. 1 recycler of newspapers.

  • Three cubic metres of landfill space is saved for every tonne of newspaper that is recycled.

  •  Australia is one of the countries with the highest waste generation per capita, which means that on average each Australian produces more waste than individuals in nearly all other countries.

  • The average Australian household produces approximately 400 kilograms of waste per year.

  • Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste sent to landfills. 350 million batteries are purchased every year and 2/3 of this amount is sent to landfill.

  •  Batteries can be recycled and the nickel from them can be used to produce stainless steel.

  • Electronic waste is produced at up to three times that of normal household waste production.

  • Organic materials decompose in landfill, forming a greenhouse gas known as methane, which is 25 times higher than carbon dioxide in terms of global warming potential.

  • Food organics make up approximately 2/3 of all waste sent to landfill in Australia.

  •  When you recycle one kilogram of paper or cardboard, the production of greenhouse gases is reduced by one kilogram.

  • The energy that is saved by recycling an aluminium can would run a television for three hours.

  • To produce one aluminium can from raw materials uses the same amount of energy as producing 20 cans from recycled materials.

  • Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times.

  • If you send a glass bottle to landfill, rather than recycling it, it will take anywhere between 4000 and one million years to break down.

  •  Plastic bottles take up to 500 years to break down in landfill.

  • We use 376,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year in Australia.

  • If you recycle one plastic bottle, you will save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.


There are definitely some good reasons for you and your school to think about recycling. Educating the younger generation will prolong the health of the environment and then they are able to apply theses finding at home.

For everything you can’t recycle you can put it in a skip bin.

If you have any further questions, contact us today.