Retail giants Bunnings, IKEA and ALDI have joined forces to launch a new initiative that will help Australians reduce the amount of household waste ending up in landfill, which can become hazardous to the environment.
Each year, Australians are responsible for the disposal of tens of thousands of tonnes of unwanted household products such as electronics, batteries, white goods and furniture.
The chemicals found in e-waste and batteries may be toxic for the environment, potentially harming wildlife and affecting surrounding soil and waterways.
If you need to dispose of household items, below is a list of the best places to go.
- Batteries and mobile phones
In 2013, ALDI became the only supermarket to introduce a national battery recycling program, which allowed customers to drop-off any brand of used batteries into a recycling bin generally found towards the front of the store.
Those unwanted items are then collected by a recycling partner, who sorts them into chemical types, before sending them to a recycling plant which investigates how it can reuse the material.
A few Bunnings stores throughout Victoria also have Batteryback recycling bins and in the last 10 years alone, Bunnings customers have discarded over 20,3000kg of batteries for recycling.
Mobile phones and batteries can be disposed of through the MobileMuster program. Customers have the choice to either visit 3,500 participating retailers or return their device in a reply-paid envelope.
- IKEA will take old batteries, globes and mattresses
IKEA runs its own recycling service where customers can drop-off their used cardboard, batteries and globes at recycling stations near the stores exit. For old mattresses, you can pay IKEA $30 and they’ll collect it as they deliver you your new one. This offer is only valid for in-store purchases.
- White goods, computers, electronics and chemicals
According to Planet Ark, Australians are among the highest users of new technology in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year.
If you want to make a conscious decision to reduce landfill, dispose of your items such as car batteries, tyres, electronics, paint and white goods to one of the many free drop-off locations around the country.
Find your closest drop-off point through Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You website.