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Why can't cartridges go in our home recycling bins?

Council recycling collections pick up and separate certain packaging types, such as glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans, milk and juice cartons, etc. Each item collected is made up of a single recyclable material, allowing easy separation into basic material types.

In the case of cartridges and other more complex products, they are a complicated structure involving a number of different materials. These products have to be manually pulled apart before they can be separated into their component materials. Therefore they aren't suited to the collection systems and sorting facilities used by councils.

To find out more about your local council's kerbside collection system, as well as local drop off locations for items ranging from corks and computers to motor oil and eye glasses check out RecyclingNearYou.com.au