What to do with odd items you might find during Spring Cleaning

What to do with odd items you might find during Spring Cleaning

It’s spring cleaning time and more often than not, you stumble across a few odd items in the deep dark corners of cupboards and sheds that you don’t know what to do with.  Here are five odd items that have recycling options in South Australia.    Let us know in the comments at the bottom if there are any odd items you come across and are unsure if they have a recycling option.

Paint tins

Tins with paint still in them can be taken to Paintback.    They will transport it from the collection point for treatment. The packaging and waste liquid are separated and the containers are recycled. Waste Paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint, significantly minimising landfill over current practices.

You can also take them to the new Household Chemicals and Paint Drop-off centres.

Alternatively, leave the lid open for the paint to dry out (or you can also buy paint drying tablets from the hardware store.).  Once dry, you can scrape the paint out( put into the landfill bin) and then the paint tins can go in your recycling bin.


Videos, Cassettes and CD’s (and their associated players)

It always seems like there is an odd one or two of these still tucked away somewhere.  All of these items, even with their cases, can go to Unplug N’ Drop.

Materials that go to Unplug N’ Drop are initially sorted into items that work and those that don’t.

Goods that no longer work are sorted and materials dismantled. Electronic Recycling Australia aim to recover as much as 95% of usable materials. Materials are sorted into categories – metal, glass, printed circuit boards, plastic and potentially hazardous materials. Following this they are  shipped to environmentally responsible final processors.  ERA have a sophisticated shredding system;  separating ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and non-metals.



These can go to the following places;

  • Drop them off at Ecocycle – 1a Portsmouth Crt, Gillman, SA
  • Red Cross Shops and Blood Donor Centres
  • Jones & Partners
  • Some local radiology centres will take them (call and check first)
  • Some transfer stations will take them (call to check first).

X-ray films are processed to extract the silver.  They are heated to over 1000 degrees and once the silver is extracted it is converted into a more pure form.  It can then be used to make silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.


Mismatched or broken Tupperware, plastic containers, lunchboxes, plastic cups and bowls

If they are still in good condition, take them to your local Op shop.  Otherwise, these plastic kitchenware items can go in your recycling bin.


Glasses (reading, sunglasses)

Don’t throw them in the bin! The Lions Club International Recycle for Sight Program.   Over the 26 years that the Australian program has operated, the program, has delivered over 7 million pair of refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in need in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub- continent, East Asia, and the Far East, China, the countries of the Pacific Rim and Southern Asia and Oceania.

Find your local Lions club and have a look at the options for drop – off. Most Specsavers work with their local Lions Clubs as pick up points, along with a few other optical stores and other businesses.

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