What and where to recycle

Read our What & Where To Recycle reference chart of where you can take your 'rubbish' on Magnetic Island to reduce landfill. You'll be surprised at the vast range of items that can be reused and recycled!
Here is a quick overview to help you refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle:
Return-It 10c Containers Refund
(Various locations)
Earn 10c on every acceptable container and donate it to a worthy local island organisation, or save it for something special. Either way you'll be helping the environment. Sign up to Return-It and visit our Facebook page for the next collection date where you can drop off your containers! Return-It will pick up your filled bag/box every Tuesday at the Old Helipad on Nelly Bay Rd 8am-11am then 12pm -1pm at the Men’s Shed: Horseshoe Bay Rd, HSB. (Next to HSB Skate Park). THIS CAN CHANGE DUE TO DEMAND- the small truck fills up quickly. Find out other ways you can earn cash.
(Various locations)
One way to save money (and landfill), is to reduce waste in your kitchen. How many food scraps do you put in the bin? Which left over dinner could you freeze and have for lunch another day? If all else fails there's always the compost before you throw it out. Your garden will also prosper! If you need a hand getting started, just contact us.
Soft plastic
Soft plastics CANNOT go into the yellow lid recycling bins  (Please use the REDcycle bins located at Coles and Woolworths stores)
Did you know that every single type of plastic is fully recyclable, yet according to Planet Ark, at least 20% of what is going to landfill in our general bin, could be recycled! Just wash it, collect it and drop it into the REDcycle bins located at Coles or Woolworths:
  • Bread, pasta and rice bags

  • Cereal box liners

  • Biscuit packets

  • Frozen food bags

  • Ice cream wrappers

  • Squeeze pouches

  • Plastic sachets

  • Bubble wrap

  • Cling wrap

  • Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers

  • Silver-lined chip and cracker packets

  • Confectionery bags

  • Fresh produce bags

  • Netting citrus bags

  • Polypropylene bags

  • Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper

  • Courier satchels

  • Newspaper and magazine wrap

  • Sturdy pet food bags

  • Plastic bags from boutique/department stores

  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)

Source: ecobin.com.au

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Glass Jars
(Try Facebook)
Why send them to landfill when someone may need your left over glass jar for their next production of home-made jam? If you can't use them for storing screws, nails or odd bits, wash and save glass jars (with metal caps) and list them on Facebook. Ah, mango chutney!
For all other glass items, try Vinnies, Facebook, or the Tip Shop.
(State School & Fish'n N Fueln, Nelly Bay)
Every battery has a different recycling journey. You can safely recycle nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, nickel zinc and small sealed lead batteries. Just drop them off to the MI State School or Fish'n N Fuel'n in Nelly Bay.
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Dried Markers and Pens
(C&K Early Childhood Centre, Nelly Bay)
A recycling program is making all brands of pens and markers 100% recyclable. TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it. So if you have any old pens and markers, just drop them into the Kindy in Nelly Bay!
Second Hand Clothes and Small Items
(Various locations)
Vinnies has collection bins in Cook Street, Arcadia for all of your second hand clothes and small items. You may also want to get involved with our Threads group, who upcycle items, or drop small your items into the Tip Shop at the Transfer Station. Find out other ways that you can recycle and upcycle creatively.
Second Hand Furniture, White Goods and Large Items
(MI Transfer Station and Tip Shop)
It may seem old and out of date to you, but it could be the perfect short term furniture that someone needs, a beer fridge for a shed, or a bed for the dog. Before you send it off to the tip, try the Facebook pages below, or ask at the Tip Shop before you Tip it.
Metal, Wood and Plastic
(Try Facebook)
You'd be amazed at how much metal, wood and plastic goes into landfill when someone could be able to reuse or re-purpose it. Try our Facebook pages below to sell your items or to give them away. You never know!

The Tip Shop

You'll find the Magnetic Island Tip Shop inside the Transfer Station, on the Westpoint Road, just before the Cockle Bay turn off.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday  
7am to 3.45 pm

Saturday & Sunday
9am to 12noon (Last vehicle through at 11.45am)

Try Maggie Facebook pages!

Magnetic Islanders are great recyclers of all manner of things! Whether you're wanting to get rid of something, or you need some left over roofing iron, bubble wrap or glass jars, all you need to do is to put the word out in a couple of places. First try asking on these Magnetic Island Facebook pages:
You might also find smaller items at Vinnies in Nelly Bay, and at the Magnetic Island Tip Shop, at the Transfer Station on the Westpoint Road just before the Cockle Bay turn off.
If you're heading to Townsville, visit Townsville Demolitions and second hand shops. You're sure to find something truly unique for your project. (See below for more ideas of recycling items in Townsville.)
Visit our page where you'll get great ideas of how to

Heading to Townsville?

If you're heading to Townsville from Magnetic Island, here are some other handy ideas on how you can recycle, and purchase quality second hand goods:
  • Recycle everything from old print cartridges, batteries, pens and markers, to eWaste (computers, laptops, keyboards, cables, chargers and mobile phones etc.) at Officeworks in Charters Towers Road.
  • Reef Recycling (Currajong TSV) recycle all drink containers approved under the QLD Containers for Change Scheme. 2/14 Keane St, Currajong, 4810
  • Return-It (Garbutt) - Unit 3/37-41 Mackley St, Garbutt, 4814 Ph: 07 3390 1377
  • Return-It (Condon) - 198 North Vickers Rd, Condon, 4815 Ph: 07 3390 1377 
  • Townsville Demolitions:
    Their popular recycle yard has become a thriving marketplace for builders, renovators, home owners, gardeners, designers and artists. Renovate and build on a budget or find vintage pieces that aren’t available on the market.
  • Townsville has a bunch of second hand furniture, antique shops and markets and Facebook pages such as Townsville Buy, Swap, Sell,  Townsville Vintage Obsession - Share & Sell and Townsville Vintage Buy, Swap & Sell.