What Household Items are Recyclable?

recyclable household items
recyclable household items

You might be surprised to know that there’s a high chance you are using a recycled kitchen utensil at the moment. That is because most of the kitchen utensils made of plastic can be recycled. This is good news because without even realising, you are incorporating the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ movement in your daily life like many people in Melbourne in recent years. 

If you are keen to follow the principle of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ to create a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, household rubbish is the best place to start. Much of the rubbish accumulated on a daily basis, if not most of it, is recyclable. Here are some of the common household items that you can recycle.

Plastic Appliances

The most common type of rubbish found in Melbourne households are ones made of plastic, many of which are recyclable. From plastic bags and bottles to plastic utensils and many others, all of these should be put in a separate bin so that it is easier to organise. Additionally, plastic bags can be reused as bin liners for smaller trash cans. 

Newspapers, mail, and books

Even though reading hardcopy newspaper, mail and books have become less common in our digital world, it is still a source of waste for many. Luckily, since they are made of paper, they are all very recyclable. For books that in a good condition, there is no need to throw them away. If they are still reusable, our advice is to donate them to a local community centre or library.

TVs, LCDs, Smartphones, Laptops, Printers, and other old electronics

Old electronics like TVs, LCDs, smartphones, and laptops should be separated from other recyclable household items. They contain some heavy metals and chemicals in their components and require particular treatment before recycling them. Fortunately, there are a number of recycling centres in Melbourne that will accept old electronics to be recycled, you just need to do a little research and contact them.


Shoes are commonly made of fabric and rubber which are also recyclable materials. If you have old or damaged shoes that have been sitting for years on your shelf, why not put them in the recycling bin and send them to the recycling centre? If some of your old shoes are still wearable and reusable, consider donating them to the needy at the local community centre.

Printer cartridges

Many home use printers still use ink cartridges rather than liquid ink. While these cartridges cannot be recycled, they can still be reused by sending them to office supply stores that can refill the cartridges at a discounted price.

Cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes of any type and size can be recycled because they are made from a similar material to paper. Organise all of your cardboard boxes by piling them up and putting them nicely on the front yard then call professionals in rubbish removal in Melbourne like us – 1Call Rubbish Removal – to pick it up and send it to the recycling centre. Additionally, our team can do all of the rubbish removal projects from start to finish diligently so that you won’t need to waste your precious time doing it.

House decorations

Most of the decorations over the holidays are made from materials like paper and plastic including garlands and wrapping paper. While it’s a good idea to send them to be recycled, you can always reuse them on another occasion. Store them nicely and neatly so that they won’t be damaged by anything like heat or moisture.

Old clothing and bedding

Donating is the best way to get rid of your old clothing and bedding because there’s a high chance that most of them are still in good condition. Another idea is to reuse them as a floor mat, or as a stylish room decoration.

Take a moment to look around your house for any old and unused items that can be recycled based on the above information. This way you will be able to organise them easily in a recycling bin.