Redlands IndigiScapes is getting into specialty recycling – RCB
16 Nov 2016, 3 p.m.
POP IT IN THE BOX
REDLANDS IndigiScapes is doing its bit to save the planet by going zero-waste with TerraCycle, a recycling group that deals with hard-to-recycle waste.
It has installed a TerraCycle media storage waste box, a contraption that recycles media storage equipment like old CDs, memory sticks and cassette tapes that can’t otherwise be dealt with through regular recycling systems.
IndigiScapes houses a zero waste box in its resource recovery station, a trolley to be used around the centre during events and off-site as required.
It has different recycling boxes to recycle waste not accepted by kerbside bins.
IndigiScapes waste education officer Craig Duncan said he hoped the centre would become a community recycling hub.
“We are committed to reducing waste by improving the convenience of recycling for visitors to the centre,’’ he said. “Through engaging interpretive design and simple to understand messages, the newly built resource recovery station provides the community with a place to bring their waste for recycling.”
The waste box accepts various waste streams from hairnets to mail room supplies.
Once the box is full, it is returned to TerraCycle for recycling using the pre-affixed shipping label.
TerraCycle general manager Jean Bailliard said it was encouraging to see local schools, businesses and community organisations getting involved.
The media storage box accepted 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, DVDs, CDs, Blu Ray Discs, floppy discs, memory sticks and external hard drives.
These items are typically not recyclable in council and municipal recycling programs.
TerraCycle transforms the collected waste into recycled materials or reuses the waste for other purposes like park benches, watering cans and even playgrounds.