Thanks for making a difference and keeping resources out of landfill
Drop off a range of household items into our yellow recycling cabinets for free at our Coburg, Brunswick and Glenroy Customer Service Centres.
- Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
- Brunswick Customer Service Centre*, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, and
- Glenroy Customer Service Centre*, 796N Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy.
*Brunswick and Glenroy Customer Service Centres are closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Expand each item to read what they're recycled into.
- Mobile Phones
More than 95 per cent of the materials in your mobile phone can be recycled.
The phones are dismantled and sorted. The batteries are processed to recover cobalt, lithium and nickel, precious metals are recovered from the circuit board, and the plastic cases are processed for recycling.
The various materials are then used to make products such as new phones, batteries, jewellery, and plastic fencing.
Mobile phones contain hazardous materials. When in landfill these leach into the environment for years to come. Mobile phones should not go in your garbage bin.
- Digital Cameras
Digital cameras contain valuable materials such as gold silver, aluminium and copper.
The metals and plastics are separated, recycled and used in the manufacture of new products.
- CDs and DVDs
CD’s and DVD’s are shredded to separate the aluminium and the polycarbonate plastic.
These are then used in the manufacture of various products including automotive industry parts, office equipment and street lights.
- Video and Cassette Tapes
The plastic case is separated from the video and cassette tape, granulated and recycled. It is then used in the manufacture of new products.
The actual tape cannot be recycled at present.
- Household batteries
Batteries contain valuable metals such as cadmium, zinc and manganese.
Once collected, batteries are sorted by chemistry type and recycled in Australia and overseas. Precious materials are recovered from the batteries and used in the production of new batteries.
Batteries contain hazardous materials (including lead and mercury). When in landfill these leach into the environment for years to come. Batteries should not go in your garbage bin.
- Pens, highlighters and markers
These are recycled by TerraCycle.
The recycled plastic is used in the manufacture of garden beds, park benches and playgrounds.
- Fluorescent light globes, tubes, CFLs and LEDs
The metal, glass and phosphor powder from fluorescent tubes and globes are separated, recycled and used in the manufacture of fertilizer, aluminium cans and insulation batts.
The phosphor powder in the globes contains mercury, which contaminates the environment when placed in landfill. These should not go in your garbage bin.
- Eye Glasses
The International Lions Club gives donated eyeglasses to people in developing countries.
Over the last 26 years, their ‘Recycle for Sight’ program has delivered over 7 million pairs of refurbished glasses to people in need worldwide.