Australians have become used to recycling, with most now regularly recycling newspapers, bottles, cans and cardboard packaging. But not everyone realises that most things are able to be recycled. Some rather bizarre items are being recycled, for example dentures and chewing gum! A not for profit organisation in Japan found a great way to fundraise by reclaiming metals like gold and silver from discarded dentures. The proceeds are donated to Unicef. An airport in England collects used chewing gum, sending it off for recycling into tyres, toys and other products. Kartaway are dedicated to diverting waste from landfill, recycling most of the waste they receive. Their public Recycling Depots in Melbourne and Adelaide will receive and recycle the following waste:
- green waste
- electronic waste
Some amazing examples of re-using materials can be found in some of the houses people have built around the world from recycled materials. A retired upholsterer, John Milkovisch, built a house entirely from beer cans in the U.S. and Édouard T. Arsenault built a house out of 25,000 recycled bottles in Canada.
Some more conservative structures have been built recently in the Netherlands and Utah, USA entirely from recycled materials. Two Architects from the Netherlands set about building their home from materials discovered in the area, they found recycled steel from an old textile mill which they used for the framework and some old cable reels provided the wood to complete the façade. In Utah a surprisingly modern and gorgeous home has been constructed from two disused silos.
To recycle your items look no further than Kartaway, call 1300 362 362 to order a skip or bin or visit their Recycling Depots.
Kartaway are a leading company recycling waste in Australia and are a part of its recycling history. Householders, through necessity, re-used and recycled many items in the early days but recycling on a larger scale began later. As early as 1815 one Australian paper mill used recycled rags to make paper. Waste paper collections were the earliest organised recycling programs, beginning in Melbourne in the 1920s and spread to other cities in the 1940s; cart and horse collections of newspapers from households became common.
Another recycling industry established in earlier times was metals, with Henry Ford recycling his Model T Fords in the 1920s and BHP Steel recycling industrial steel scrap in 1915. Scrap metal dealers recovered and re-sold valuable metals. It was during this era that Paul Joseph Whelan’s demolition business began selling second hand building material from the sites. His company, Whelan The Wrecker, became famous in Melbourne and was the fore-runner to Kartaway.
During the mid 20th century glass bottles had a return deposit on them and were re-used by the manufacturers, popular with children to gain extra pocket money and scouting groups for fund raising. Over 20 years ago Comalco set up a ‘cash for cans’ program with buy-back centres where children and community groups could return cans for cash.
Canterbury Council began using magnetic separation to recover steel waste, including cans in 1975 and in 1977 South Australia introduced container deposit legislation, encouraging the return of beverage containers for recycling.
The need for extensive recycling was finally recognised in the late 80’s and early 90’s when councils introduced kerbside recycling schemes. Households could now separate out common items such as paper, glass and aluminium, and later PET, HDPE milk containers, liquidpaperboard milk and juice cartons and steel cans. In 1997 Kartaway opened the first public Recycling Depot at 32 Kirkdale Rd, East Brunswick. The Depot is able to accept green waste, metal, cardboard, timber, batteries, electronic waste, dirt, brick, concrete and asphalt, diverting these items from landfill.
When it comes to cleaning out your home for a spring clean, after renovations or a garden clean up you want an easy, quick option. No waiting around for the skip to be delivered or picked up, no hanging about on telephones waiting for your call to be answered and no mucking around with councils. The same goes for building sites, you need an even quicker response and when time means money you need a waste management company that looks after your needs, has the right size skip or bin, delivers it promptly and picks up on time.
Kartaway is all for their customers – with prompt response to both phone and online orders, a full range of bins and skips for all purposes, and fast delivery and pick up.
With skips in a variety of sizes from 2.0 metres to 31 metres, you can order the skip that suits your needs. If you need bins with doors they are available in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Canberra. Melbourne has a range from 6.0 metres to 31 metres whilst Adelaide and Brisbane have 12m, 15m and 31m and Sunshine Coast and Canberra have 12m and 15m. Kartaway’s skips and bins are suitable for most building sites and they are able to access fenced or elevated sites. Craneable bins are also available.
Kartaway have friendly call centres based at their premises, so you can call and discuss your needs, get advice on the most suitable skip or bin for your job and get the best price, which includes all council charges, or go to their website and fill in the online form, a friendly staff member will call you back with advice on your best options.
With the current focus on environmentally sustainable practices and more environmental regulations coming into play customers appreciate that Kartaway have been leaders in the recycling of waste for many years. They have transfer stations with green star certification set up in each state they operate in which recycle most of the waste received. Public waste recycling depots are operated by Kartaway at East Brunswick in Melbourne and Campbelltown in Adelaide.
To find out more about services offered and to order a bin or skip go to kartaway.com.au or call 1300 362 362.