Lithium batteries contain valuable metals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel. These metals can be extracted and used to make new batteries. Lithium batteries are crushed and the metals are separated. Any remaining materials can be reused in other applications.
Alkaline batteries are shredded. The plastic and metal components are then separated. The recovered materials can be reused to make new products such as stainless steel, new batteries and plastic products.
Please note: batteries cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin.
CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes
CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes are sorted and separated from any other materials present, like paper and labels, then shredded. After they are shredded into small plastic pieces, metals are then separated from the plastic. The plastic pieces are washed to remove any dirt, labels or adhesives.
The clean plastic pieces are then melted down to create pellets or small beads. These are then reused to create new plastic products such as bollards, flower-pots or other similar items.
Electronic-waste items (e-waste items)
Different types of e-waste are made from different materials and components that require different recycling methods. E-waste components such as circuit boards, batteries and plastics are separated then disassembled into their individual parts.
The separated parts are then sent to specialised recycling facilities where they are made into new products. For example, metals like gold, silver, and copper are removed and reused to make new electronics. Plastics are made into new products.
Please note: e-waste cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Fluorescent light bulbs
Once the light bulbs have been collected, they are crushed into small pieces and used in the production of new products.
Please note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Once the sharps containers have been collected from Council by a medical waste specialist, they are taken to their facility for processing.
Please note: sharps containers cannot be disposed of in your general waste bin.
X-rays are shredded into small pieces. Shredding helps to separate the plastic film from the silver content. The shredded material is then placed into a machine that uses static electricity to remove the silver. These raw materials are then used by manufacturers to help make new products.