Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a mantra we’re all familiar with. We work hard to use less and to reuse the things that we already have (or ‘make do’ as our grandparents’ generation would have said). But what about ‘recycle’? Australians are doing their best, but sometimes recycling is tricky. Are coffee cups recyclable or not? What about my old mobile phone?
Luckily, Marrickville Metro is one of the best for recycling, even ‘tricky’ waste. You can find our dedicated #MetroRecycleWall opposite Australia post.

Here’s how to recycle like a pro.

Coffee Cups

Australians throw away 1 billion takeaway coffee cups every year. This is because coffee cups are lined with a thin layer of plastic that stops them from being recyclable through traditional processes. Simply Cups is the answer. You can find multiple Simply Cups collection tubes across Marrickville Metro, enabling you to dispose of your used cups (and lids and straws) and have them recycled through new recycling technology. Even better, they upcycle them into new products. A win win for the planet.

Bag Station

As you approach our dedicated Recycling Wall, you can drop off or borrow and re-use a bag today. So, if you are that person that always forgets their bags when running to the shops, skip the purchase of a new bag and head on over to our Recycling Wall.

Soft Plastics

Our designated Soft Plastics section allows you to dispose of soft plastics such as plastic bags, especially those at the end of its life. Whether it is from the kitchen, the lounge, the room to your wardrobe and the garden shed, you can have it recycled. Woolies Marrickville Metro have teamed up with REDCycle to convert your soft plastics into a range of recycled products including indoor and outdoor furniture and signage. Over 900 million pieces of plastic have been saved from ending up in landfill or our beaches. Be the force that helps us save our waterways and come to Metro to recycle your soft plastics.

Coffee Capsules

Let's face it, us Aussies love a hot cuppa, but with that comes some serious damage to planet Earth with the amount of packaging that comes with it. You can use our Coffee Capsules drop off basket to recycle any disc or capsule used in capsule-specific machine to make hot beverages. The best part, all varieties of coffee or tea discs are accepted. TerraCycle are pioneering waste elimination by separating the tea or coffee remnants from the aluminum which then gets melted to create new products.

Beauty Packaging

It is a known fact that some of us tend to hoard or throw away empty beauty packaging, but did you know that your shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and makeup packaging could qualify for repurposing?  We can also take brushes, hairbands and clips. However, we cannot recycle nail polish, nail polish remover, aerosols, perfume bottles or hair dye bottles. Please make sure all excess product is removed before dropping it off!


Every year, 300 million household batteries are thrown away with ordinary waste. This means a heartbreaking 8,000 tons of batteries end up in landfill. ALDI wants to put a stop to that.
With their battery take back scheme you can bring your used household batteries to our Batteries Basket and ALDI will collect them to have them repurposed. They accept AA, AAA, C, D and 9V size batteries of any brand, including rechargeable, lithium, alkaline and super heavy-duty varieties. It’s an easy win.

Mobile Phones

There are approximately 25 million unused mobile phones being stored in Australian homes. And of those 25 million, at least five million are no longer working. You can bring in your old, used phones and drop them off in the Mobile Phones basket, which accepts all brands, batteries, chargers and other accessories. Mobile Muster will have this collected and have it recycled for you. They are known for their great track record – 99% of the material they receive is diverted from landfill. Now there is no excuse to leave your old mobile phones to gather dust in a junk drawer.

Ink Cartridges

If you’ve got a printer (or a copier or a fax machine), you’ve got ink. And all those ink cartridges are recyclable. This also includes toner cartridges and toner bottles.
Drop these off to Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi Stores, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Office National or Office Products Depot outlets.

Clothing and Textiles (that are beyond repair)

Most of us are happy to donate our lightly used clothes and textiles to our local op shop. But what about the clothes that are beyond repair? These usually end up in landfill.
H&M Group knows that is a senseless waste and so it began its garment recycling initiative. Simply drop off any clothes or textiles from any brand and in any condition and H&M’s partners will sort them into items that can be sold as second-hand, items that can be turned into other products (such as cleaning cloths) and items that can be turned into textile fibres for things like insulation.
Even better, for each kilogram of textiles that H&M collects, 0.02 euros are donated to a local charity. And did we mention, H&M will also give you a store voucher as a thank you for your donation?

Other Items

There are so many other ways to recycle. Freecycle and The Bower accept many different types of items (like toasters and refrigerators). Reverse Garbage and love building materials and you can take your old bikes to Cycle Re-cycle. And of course there are council recycling programs.
Recycling, even those tricky items, is easier than you think. And well worth it, for the sake of our planet.