Recycle, reduce, reuse

Hands on ways to contribute to a cleaner Sunshine Coast

Did you know Australian households make 540kg of waste each year? Sadly, only 37% of this waste is recycled. Let’s all chip in and try that little bit harder to reduce or eliminate the first figure and grow the second figure. There are countless things which adds up to have a big impact. Adapt as many as possible, teach your kids or get your workplace involved. We can all do better!

Here are some hands on ways to contribute to a cleaner Sunshine Coast, Australia and a cleaner world.

  • Learn what’s best for your recycling bin with kerbside recycling tips.
  • What can you recycle for free at Sunshine Coast Council resource recovery centres?
  • Did you know you can buy garden mulch and crushed concrete from Sunshine Coast Council resource recovery centres? Perfect for that garden refurbish or landscaping job.
  • Batteries contain a variety of toxic metals which are particularly detrimental in landfill but they also contain valuable metals that may be recovered through recycling. There are many options to safely dispose of your single-use and rechargeable batteries. Council’s recovery centres at Beerwah, Buderim, Caloundra and Nambour take them in specially identified recycle bins, as do all ALDI stores. Battery World stores will take your used batteries of all kinds.
  • WWF (World Wide Fund) gives these great ideas for reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • The Containers for Change program is a great way to live green and put some money back in your pocket at the same time. You can participate with Envirobank or TOMRA will get you started. Both have locations coast wide.
  • ABC News give you the do’s and don’ts of charity bin donations to help you do the right thing with all that junk you have been decluttering when stuck at home!
  • 50 creative ways to repurpose, reuse and upcycle old things.
  • Learn all the ways to recycle in the garden.
  • Look into the future with the Maroochydore City Centre’s automated waste collection system.
  • Join the Mobilemuster and recycle your old mobile phones responsibly. You can even post from home using a free mailing label or become a recycling collection point.
  • Don’t forget to recycle your printer cartridges.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. Read, listen and watch below to learn how to become an even more efficient and passionate recycling, reducing and reusing advocate. A better healthier planet awaits! 


First time downloading from our eLibrary? Join online. Just enter your details for membership to access thousands of online material.


Learn more with these helpful eBooks:

  • 101 ways to go zero waste by Kathryn Kellogg
  • Too good to waste: how to eat everything by Victoria Glass
  • Outsmart waste: the modern idea of garbage and how to think our way out of it by Tom Szaky
  • How to give up  plastic: a guide to changing the world, one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum 

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords.


Earbuds in and listen up to these green living eAudiobooks:

  • A zero waste life: in thirty days by Anita Vandyke
  • Fashionopolis: the price of fast fashion and the future of clothes by Dana Thomas
  • This changes everything by Naomi Klein

Borrow up to 30 eAudiobooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform, RBDigital and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Browse these online eMagazines for ideas to recycle, reduce and reuse:

  • Mother Earth News
  • Slow Living 
  • Earth Magazine
  • Earth Garden
  • Do It Yourself

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Learn from the couch with these Kanopy documentaries:

  • Cartoneros: follows the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires from the trash pickers who collect paper informally through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills. The process exploded into a multimillion dollar industry after Argentina's latest economic collapse. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation to audiences to rethink the value of trash.
  • For the price of a cup of coffee: What is the cost of convenience? Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. This film is full of information that all consumers should know about the products that we use every day, and the steps we need to make towards a more sustainable world.
  • What green can be: This film goes beyond the four Rs-reduce, repurpose, reuse, recycle- of being green, showing how one small town is encouraging green building through the lens of one house under construction, and the beautiful results that can occur when we decide together to go green.

Need help accessing the eLibrary? Contact libraries to get immediate and expert help with accessing and using the eLibrary on your device. eLibrary Helpdesk staff will help connect you to your favourite authors, the music you love, great movies to entertain the whole family and a great range of magazines. The eLibrary Helpdesk operates between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Podcasts to inspire your green recycling journey:

  • The zero waste countdown podcast: Finding alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing our waste and reducing our environmental footprint.
  • Waste360 Nothing Wasted! Podcast: Waste360 chats with the rockstars of the waste, recycling and organics industry. Get a glimpse on the latest news and insights and the people behind this amazing industry.

All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher.

So we are nearly all guilty of having that drawer full of old mobile phones somewhere at home. You can recycle them, but what happens when you do?


MobileMuster - What happens when you recycle?

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