6 Surprising Items That AREN’T Recyclable

6 Surprising Items That AREN’T Recyclable

I’m sure you’re well aware that not all types of waste materials are recyclable. However, there are some materials which many people think are recyclable, but they are not. As an example, the recycling division at Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises spent over $20,000 in fixing its machinery because of non-recyclable materials.

As the owner of 4 Waste Removals, a company that specialises in rubbish collection in Brisbane, I believe it is my duty to educate people on proper waste removal and recycling. Today, I will outline 6 commonly used household items that are surprisingly not recyclable. Make sure not to dispose of any of these items in council green bins or recycling bins.

1. Mesh bags and nettings

You may think that the mesh bags and nettings that carry your fruits and vegetables are recyclable, but they actually aren’t. Mesh bags are made out of special plastics which are non-recyclable. The best way to deal with mesh bags and nettings is to reuse them for your fruits and vegetables.

2. Clam-shell containers

Clam-shell containers that are used for take-away food and produce such as eggs are another non-recyclable item. As with mesh bags, clam-shell containers are made out of special non-recyclable plastics. Try to limit your take-outs and make sure to dispose of clam-shell containers along with junk waste.

3. CDs and DVDs

I’m surprised by the number of people who think that CDs and DVDs are recyclable. CDs and DVDs are made out of polycarbonate and aluminium materials which are difficult to recycle. The easiest way to reuse old CDs and DVDs is to create DIY mosaics or decorations with them.

4. Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is yet another item which many people mistake to be recyclable. Bubble wrap is made of low-density polyethylene, which is non-recyclable. The ideal way to deal with bubble wrap is by reusing it to pack your breakables and fragile items.

5. Clingfilm

As with bubble wrap, clingfilm is another item which many people think is recyclable. However, clingfilm is made from PVC and it gives off fumes when its structure is altered. Clingfilm is impossible to recycle and the only way to deal with it is by reusing it to wrap items other than food.

6. Soiled paper products

Soiled paper products are probably the most common non-recyclable item that people toss into recycling bins. Soiled paper products such as tissues, paper towels, napkins and cardboard food packaging are usually too contaminated for recycling. Make sure to separate soiled paper products from other types of recyclable waste before disposal.

To dispose of non-recyclable waste in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner, you need the help of a company that specialises in the rubbish collection in Brisbane. For this, look no further than us here at 4 Waste Removals.

We offer junk skips on hire and also offer a hands-on waste removal service to assist you in removing large items and large quantities of non-recyclable items from your home or business in Brisbane. If you are unsure whether your waste is recyclable or not, give us a call, and our experts will be more than happy to guide you.


There are several household waste items which people mistake to be recyclable, but they are not. Some such items include mesh bags and nettings, clam-shell containers, CDs and DVDs, bubble wrap, clingfilm and soiled paper products.

To safely dispose of these and other types of non-recyclable waste, consider us here at 4 Waste Removals. We’re your trusted partner when it comes to the rubbish collection in Brisbane!

To hire our junk skips or our hands-on waste removal service, call us at 07 3343 3030 today!

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