Recycling the “Un-Recyclable”
Ideally, we’d all be using products that could be re-used or at least recycled. Sadly, we live in a throw away world. Millions of everyday items— like toothbrushes and pens—end up in landfills each year. Terracycle hopes to change that, and here’s how Small World Journeys is supporting them.
03 October 2019
Small World Becomes A Drop Off Point
Small World is continuously looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. Our philosophy is that we can ALWAYS do more.
Our latest venture is registering to be a Drop Off Point for TerraCycle Australia’s Oral Care Program and the Writing Instruments Program. TerraCycle is eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the non-recyclable by collecting and recycling almost any form of waste.
The Oral Care Program accepts any brand of oral care waste, including floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads. Once Small World collects these items, the items are sent to Terracycle and are then separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic.
Similarly, the Writing Instruments Program collects any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot (empty), correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen regardless of their composition. The writing instruments are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products.
While there is an estimated 20 million tonnes of garbage making its way into landfill in Australia each year, we hope to be part of the change and improvement in waste management by participating in programs and collaborating with organisations such as TerraCycle Australia.