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We are serious about our environmental responsibilities. In 2015 we divert up to 55% of general waste, 95% of recyclables, 97% of garden organics. We provide 7.0M Australians with drinking water and 56K businesses with resource recovery solutions.

By improving our knowledge of what can be recycled, how valuable resources are recovered and returned back into the circular economy and making changing to our purchasing decisions, we can all contribute to a more positive environmental future.

Take a look at our FACT sheets on recycling of everyday items, or visit our Recycling Tips page, for information how to improve your recycling practices at home and at work.

Steel and Aluminium

Australians use over 3 billion aluminium cans annually. Aluminium and steel products are 100% recyclable and require less energy to produce than virgin products. By recycling just six aluminium cans you can save enough energy to offset the carbon emissions from a 10km journey in an average-size car, 17km bus ride or 25km train trip. Download our brochure to find more. 

Paper and Cardboard

Australian households and businesses use millions of tonnes of paper every year. Australia has a 87% recycling rate of paper and cardboard, one of the highest in the world. Each tonne of recycled paper saves 13 trees. Download our brochure to find more. 

Plastic

Every day, Australian’s buy and use products made of plastic. It is estimated that marine waste, mostly plastic, is killing more than a million sea birds and 100,000 mammals every year. Recycling plastic saves energy, wildlife and the environment. The energy saved by recycling one plastic drink bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes. Find more in our brochure. 

Glass

Glass was discovered by the Phoenicians more than 5,000 years ago, which makes it one of the world's oldest forms of packaging. Glass is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled and reprocessed indefinitely. Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, or a fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. Download our fact sheet to find more. 

Organics

Organic waste is organic material such as food, garden and lawn clippings. It can also include animal and plant based material and degradable carbon such as timber. 
The recovery and recycling of garden and food organics reduces greenhouse gases as well as water consumption, and protects our soil resources - one of the earth’s most complex and biologically diverse ecosystems

Batteries

The materials found in batteries are nonrenewable but can be recycled an indefinite amount of times. In Australia, approximately 345 million handheld batteries (household batteries, laptops, mobile phones, power tools etc) are consumed each year. Only 4% of these are recycled.

Fluorescent Tubes, Lamps & Globes

Compact fluorescent lights use up to 80% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs. Although fluorescent lights are energy efficient, there are still small amounts of mercury inside every fluorescent bulb. Australians consume 50 to 60 million fluorescent tubes and HID lamps every year. Only 1% of all consumed fluorescent lights are recycled. Download our brochure for more information.

 

E-waste

Electronic waste can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and brominated fire retardants that are hazardous, difficult to dispose of and potentially damaging to the environment. In 2015 SUEZ has recovered 228,823t of E-waste, Batteries, Fluorescent Tubes & Globes.

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