recycling register

BOSS is constantly on the lookout for information about what is being recycled and reused around the Boonah area. if you have anything to add to the register please email or leave a comment below.

After the development of the community recycling space with social enterprise SORT Recycling Inc, which sadly closed down to changes in funding, we didn't want to lose the opportunities which had been set up, so in its place, we are working with The Shed

The Shed is located on Milford Road near the corner of the Boonah Rathdowney Road. They are open Sundays between 8am and 2pm, and lots of things can be dropped off there for community recycling opportunities.

Aluminium Cans
Cans can be dropped of at The Shed for the Boonah Scout Group. 

Used household batteries can be dropped off for recycling at all Aldi, Battery World stores, as well as IKEA. Rechargeable and non-rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries are accepted through the program.

The Shed will also collect your household batteries to take along to Aldi. You can also grab a customised tin to collect your batteries in at home or work.

Stay tuned to hear about the next steps from the Power Tool Batteryback Pilot Program held last year in Brisbane for power tool batteries.

For car batteries, see Scrap Metal.

Beauty Products
Beauty product packaging can be recycled through the TerraCycle Program.
This includes
Cosmetics packaging such as used lipstick and lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging.

Hair care packaging such as used shampoo and conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray and hair treatment packaging.
Skin care packaging such as lip balm, face moisturiser, face and body wash soap dispensers and tubes, body and hand lotion dispensers and tubes and shaving foam packaging.

Drop these items off at The Shed.

The Boonah Rotary Club participates in the Surfers Sunrise Wheelchair Trust which is dedicated to making sturdy, rough terrain wheelchairs from recycled bicycle frames and other materials that are then donated to handicapped children around the world.
Bikes can be left at the signposted collection point at the Boonah Waste Station.

Barney Creek Vineyard Wine Bottles
Barney Creek Vineyard accepts their own bottles back to be completely sterilized and reused. Please keep the bottles capped, and they can be returned to the Barney Creek Vineyard.

Old bolts are recycled and made into small sculptures by a local artist. Please drop any unwanted old bolts into the BOSS plant stall at Mt Alford.

The Boonah and District Cultural Foundation hold an annual Bookfest during National Recycling Week (November) to raise funds for the Boonah Library and Art Gallery.
Books can be donated in the leadup to the event and delivered to the Boonah Library. Contact Lacey Sawtell on 5463 3081 for more details.

BOSS collects bras and swimmers (still in good condition) for the Uplift Project which supports disadvantaged communities where bras are either unobtainable or unaffordable. Drop off points include all BOSS events and at The Shed

Bread Tags
Bread tags are collected, recycled and replaced with funds for necessary support for a local boy with muscular dystrophy.
They can be given to Pam at Blue Care in Macquarie Street, Boonah.

Camera Recycle Australia takes all the unwanted photographic items and turns them into things such as bottles, jars, aluminium cans, new park benches, fence posts, wheel chocks, garden edging, tree spikes, pipe supports, wheel stoppers in car parks and much more.
Cameras, chargers, flashes, lenses and all other photographic equipment are fully stripped down, and all individual parts will be grouped and sent to their respective recycling companies.
Items can be sent free post. Register via email or phone 1300 69 29 25.
Cameras can also be dropped off at The Shed.

Cassette Tapes
Cassette tapes and records can be donated to Bags with Rhythm in Ipswich. Phone Melissa on 0439 708 334 or email her.

CDs are used in our enviro arts workshops to make things like fridge magnets and suncatchers. Old, unwanted or scratched CDs and DVDs can be dropped off at The Shed.

Cleaning and Beauty Products Packaging
Terracycle are recycling items including hand wash, body wash and beauty product pumps, cleaning product triggers, laundry liquid taps, dish tabs plastic bags, beauty product tubes and face wipes packaging. They can be dropped off at The Shed.  

BOSS holds annual Clothes Swaps simultaneously with the Boonah Cultural Foundation's Bookfest held in November during National Recycling Week at the Boonah Cultural Centre. It is free to participate if you bring along clothes to swap, or only a donation of a gold coin otherwise. This includes clothes, shoes and accessories for ladies', men's and children's wear.

It takes almost half a century for a cork oak to yield its first wine cork and just seconds to throw it away. Girl Guides Australia raise much needed funds and help the environment at the same time, by recycling your corks which are sold to ACL Comcork, an Australian-owned company that uses 100% recycled cork and rubber in their range of flooring used in kindergartens, gyms, retirement homes, schools and boats.

Although recycled cork is never again used for wine stoppers, it is has many other uses such as the manufacture of place mats, coasters, floor tiles, gaskets, dart boards and hockey balls to name just a few.

Corks can be dropped off at BOSS events or at The Shed.

Cosmetic Containers
Cosmetic containers from used lipstick, lip gloss and liner, mascara, eye shadow, and liner, bronzer, foundation and concealer are recycled through the TerraCycle program. Drop these off at The Shed.

Any electrical appliance that has a plug (except CRT monitors and CRT TVs) can be recycled by Substation 33, which is located at Kingston. Locally, they can be dropped off at the Beaudesert, Canungra and Tamborine Mountain transfer stations, and they will be taken to Substation 33.

Computers and associated ewaste such as monitors, printers, scanners, gaming consoles, cables and mice can be donated to The Shed. This does not include older CRT monitors.

Fabric, including curtains, tablecloths, tshirts, sheeting and hessian bags is welcomed for making bunting, bags and rugs. Drop off at The Shed.

Gift Cards
All plastic store cards, gift cards bank cards can be recycled into guitar picks. Drop them off at The Shed. If you're concerned about your privacy on your credit card, come on the    Sunday and stamp your guitar pick while you're there.

Hair Care Packaging
Dispensers, tubes, bottles and packaging from used hair care items like shampoo, conditioner, gel, hair spray, and treatment can be recycled through the TerraCycle Program.

Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are collected for reuse by the Beaudesert Rotary Club. They can be dropped of at The Shed.

Household Goods
Donate all unwanted household items, including clothes to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul Boonah.

Junk Orchestra
The Junk Orchestra is currently collecting two litre coke bottles and large rubber thongs. Phone Rob on 5463 4808.

Light Bulbs
Low energy bulbs like compact fluorescent lamp, halogens and incandescents are accepted at IKEA for recycling. Generally about 80% of a CFLi is recycled for material recovery (metal, glass, mercury). Plastic constitutes most of the remaining 20% and is generally used for energy production.
Light bulbs can also be dropped off at The Shed.

Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) project is a national scheme for out-of-date and unwanted medicines. This scheme urges Australians to discard their medicines in a responsible manner. The returned medicines are then disposed of safely. They are in no way reused or recycled. Out-of-date and unwanted medicines can be taken to the Boonah and Kalbar Pharmacies.

All ferrous and nonferrous metals from around the Fassifern district can be collected for recycling. This includes lead acid batteries, metal automotive and marine parts, radiators, cars, motorbikes, whitegoods - all steel, copper, brass, aluminium and stainless steel. 
Phone Pat on 0447 352 124 or 5463 4004 to arrange collection.
Mobile Phones and Accessories
Over 90% of a mobile phone and its accessories are recyclable. The materials recovered can be used to make batteries, jewellery, fence posts and stainless steel.

Drop off points include all BOSS events and at The Shed
, Australia Post Offices, Boonah Library and Council Chambers. Or send post free in the specially marked bags via Australia Post.

Plant Pots
Any unwanted pots, as well as plants or cuttings you'd like to donate, can be dropped off at the BOSS Plant Stall which operates beside the Mt Alford School of Arts.

Plastic Bags
Limit the use of plastic bags and use your own reusable bags when shopping. Plastic bags can be given to the Boonah Salvation Army or other op shops.

See below - soft plastics can now be recycled through Coles supermarkets.

Plastics (Soft)
Soft plastics are collected for recycling through most Coles stores. They’re being recycled into outdoor furniture, decking, fencing, bollards and exercise equipment by REPLAS. Look for the specially marked bins at Coles where you can drop off shopping bags, fresh fruit and vegie bags, bread bags, biscuit, confectionery, frozen food, rice and pasta packaging, plastic post packs, bubble wrap, onion bags and reusable ‘green’ bags - in fact any plastic that can be scrunched.  Locations include Coles at Beaudesert, Springfield, Ipswich, Riverlink,  Jimboomba and many others which can be found on the RedCycle Store Locator.

Check out the video for the full story -

Postage Stamps
Used postage stamps are collected by Rotary Clubs. Drop them off at The Shed.

Printer Cartridges
All types and brands of printer cartridges used in printers, photocopiers, multi-function centres and fax machines can be recycled. This includes inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges, toner bottles, fuser and drum units, fax rolls, print heads, waste hoppers / containers collectors and kits.
Printer cartridges can be placed in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark box at Australia Post Offices and The Shed.

Records and Tapes
Cassette tapes and records can be donated to Bags with Rhythm in Ipswich. Phone Melissa on 0439 708 334 or email her.

Old skateboards are used in artworks by local artist Mark Paddick. Contact him on 0434 994 745 or via email.

Lions Clubs International collects eyeglasses (reading and sunglasses) through their 'Recycle for Sight' program. Collected glasses are distributed worldwide to communities in need. In some of these communities an eye exam can cost a month's wages, consequently poor eyesight often goes untreated, leading to further complications.
Donate your old spectacles to Boonah Lions, or drop off at The Shed.

Toothpaste Tubes and Toothbrushes, TerraCycle recycle these and other oral care products such as dental floss containers, into new items like garden pavers, recycled soap dispensers, waste bins and watering cans. They can be dropped off at The Shed.

Xray films are recycled by Quantum Technical Services, and can be dropped off at The Shed.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,832 groups with 7,331,327 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Membership is free and operates online via a Yahoo group. Everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.
To participate and view the items being given away or sought, you must be a member of the local group. Email the moderator to join. Choose either beaudesert or ipswich or both.


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