1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. What happens after a pickup?

What happens to the items you collect?

At RecycleSmart, we recycle many different items. We are partnered with 10+ certified recyclers to divert valuable resources from landfill.

  • Soft plastics is delivered to APR plastics in Victoria, and then they will be transformed into feedstock oil which enables it to become soft plastics again
  • Wearable clothes are donated to charities, such as the Australian Red Cross.
  • Blister packs will be separated into aluminium and plastic, which will then be reused in steel products and construction materials with Pharmacycle.
  • Polystyrene is granulated and pelletized for reuse in various applications, from building insulation, park benches and bee hives by Styrocycle.

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How do we know we can trust the items are being recycled?

At RecycleSmart, we want to make sure that every item we collect will be recycled.

We achieve this by: 

  • Putting agreements in place with our vetted recyclers
  • Working with multiple recyclers for the same material to diversify our approach
  • Being ready to stop collecting an item when/if our recycler notify us they can’t process anymore