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Terracycle - products we can collect

Go for Zero Australia and Terracycle Australia

 

Hey Sunny Coasters!

We've partnered up with Terracycle (the company that recycles everything) to become a collection hub. We always recommend reusable alternatives first or avoiding or reusing single use items, however we understand that this isn't always the case and going zero waste is a step by step journey.

This is why we'd like to spread the word and make it easier for our customers to recycle the following disposable products (Coffee capsules, disposable razors, bread closure tags, dental products, cleaning products, and contact lenses). We've also made zero waste suggestions for when you are ready to make the switch. ♡

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HOW TERRACYCLE WORKS:

Terracycle Australia Process 

Did we mention that each time we send items to be recycled we earn money that we can donate to a charity of our choice?! Oh yeaaa, recycling has never felt so good!

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WASTE WE COLLECT

From used coffee pods to bread closure tags, check out the range of products we accept for recycling below.

1. Coffee pods (plastic, aluminium & compostable)

2. Disposable razors

3. Bread bag closure tags

4. Dental care (plastic toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes & more)

5. Electric toothbrushes

6. Dish & air care products

7. Contact lenses

1. Coffee Pods

We accept three different types of coffee pods for recycling (Aluminium, plastic & compostable). Check them out below:

L'OR, Moccona & illy aluminium capsules

Terracycle Australia Coffee Capsule Pod Recycling Program

NESCAFE Dulce Gusto & Starbucks plastic capsules

Terracycle-Australia-Plastic-Coffeee-Capsule-Recycling-Program

Green Barista & Di Stefano compostable coffee capsules

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Please note: please make sure your coffee capsules are sealed in a plastic bag or dry before dropping them off.

What happens to the above coffee capsules?

Aluminium capsules: Shredded to separate coffee ground from the aluminium. The aluminium is then melted and remoulded to make new recycled products.

Plastic capsules: Cleaned and melted into hard plastic that is remoulded to make new products.

Compostable capsules: Sent to a commercial composting facility where they are combined with other organics, bacteria and microorganisms to break them down into compost. How awesome is that?!

Low waste alternative:

Save pod waste and try reusable coffee capsules or a coffee plunger!

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2. Disposable Razors & Blades (Any Brand)

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Please note: Paper & Cardboard packaging is recyclable through your kerbside recycling bin. So please don't include these in your drop offs.

What happens to razors?

The razors and packaging are broken down and separated by their materials. Plastics are cleaned and made into pellets to create new products. Metals are sent for smelting and conversion into new products.

Zero waste alternative: Reusable Safety Razor

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Check out our sleeek reusable safety razors and replacement blades to save money and waste!

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3. Dental Care (Any Brand)

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Please note:Please make sure all excess product has been removed (e.g. leftover toothpaste or floss). If product is rinsed, please ensure it is dry before you drop off.

What happens to the dental products?

Tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that is used to make new recycled products.

Our low waste alternatives:

Low waste Toothpastes & Bamboo Toothbrushes:

Go for Zero Australia Zero Waste Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Low waste Dental Floss:

Go-For-Zero-Australia-Low-Waste-Vegan-Dental-Floss

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4. Electric Toothbrushes (Any Brand)

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Please note:

  • Toothbrush heads are only accepted in the Dental Care program above, so please separate the heads from the bushes before you drop them off
  • Keep batteries inside the brushes, do not separate them

What happens to the electric toothbrushes:

They are dismantled, separated into metals/ electrical components, batteries and plastics. After this they are given a new life as another product!

Our low waste alternatives:

Check out our Bamboo Toothbrushes (pictured above)

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5. Dish & Air Care Products

Terracycle Dish and Air Care Recycling Program

Please note:

  • Cardboard and paper packaging is recyclable through your kerbside recycling bin. Please don't include these in your product drop-offs
  • Some bottles are also accepted in your kerbside recycling bin, please check with your council first. 

What happens to my waste?

It is sorted, cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded into new recycled products.

Zero waste alternative:

Dish & Laundry Block

Go-for-Zero-Australia-Dish-and-Laundry-Block

 

Willelaine Essential Oil Mist Sprays

Willelaine Aromatherapy Australia Essential Oil Room Sprays

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6. Contact Lenses (Any Brand)

Terracycle-Australia-Contact-Lense-Recycling-Program Please note:

  • Cardboard boxes are recyclable through your kerbside recycling bin so please do not include them with your contact lenses
  • Please ensure lenses are dry before dropping them off
  • If you wish to recycle unused contact lenses, please open the blister packs and remove water solution prior to dropping off

What happens to the Contact Lenses?

Lenses and blister packs are separated, cleaned and melted to make new products.

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7. Go for Zero - Silicone Products

Accepted waste: All silicone products from the go for zero brand

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  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • Silicone Food Covers
  • Silicone Food Pouches

We expect the above silicone products to last you many many years. However, in the unlikely event that your product is worn out, please don't throw it in the bin! Bring them to our warehouse and we'll send them off to be given a second life through Terracycle. Our new warehouse address is 2/8 Tectonic Crescent, Kunda Park (yes we've moved from Moffat Beach!). If you don't live locally, please contact us at askusanything@goforzero.com.au and we will discuss the best option for postage.

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Other Recycling Programs We Support:

Bread Bag Closure Tags (any brand)

Recycled through Aussie Bread Tags For Wheelchairs

Please note:

  • This program does not accept twist ties or tapes
  • Please remove labels from tags as they contaminate the waste stream

What happens to the bread tags?

Bread closure tags are cleaned and melted into hard plastics that are remoulded to make new recycled into bowls, boards, coasters and door knobs in South Australia. These products are sold to fund new wheelchairs for people in South Africa. Aussie Bread Tags For Wheelchairs recycle 200kg of bread tags a month, and have recycled 3381kg of bread tags to date!

Our zero waste alternative: The Swag Reusable Bread Bag

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Ask your local baker to place your bread inside this reusable cotton bread bag instead of a plastic bag. They allow your bread to breathe and extend freshness.

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Please follow the instructions above and drop your waste off at our Kunda Park warehouse (2/8 Tectonic Crescent) to be given a new life.

Don't live in the area? That's ok! Head to the Terracycle Map Or Recycling Near You to see collection hubs near you.

Thank you for closing the loop on your waste and not contributing to landfill, you rock!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask at askusanything@goforzero.com.au

With love,

The GFZ team xx

No more nasties, only Australian goodness!