Recycling

Facts and Figures

A lot of different items that are usually thrown away can actually be recycled and given a second, third or even a fourth life! Did you know that:

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Of the litter items that are put in general waste bins could actually be recycled one way or another!

These are the ways recycling can help the environment:

  • Recycling can help reduce pollution

  • Lower the energy use needed to make brand new materials

  • Reduce the amount of rubbish in landfill

  • Protect local environments and habitats as materials can be extracted from these areas such as trees used for paper.


There are 6 streams of recycling which you can see below! Download these bin posters to know what can and can’t be recycled! You could even print these posters out and use them around your school.

Recycling Challenges

One of the biggest sources of waste comes from disposed clothing items. In fact, Australians dispose of 31 kilograms of clothing per person, every year! Most of this waste comes from the purchasing of fast fashion. We can reduce the amount of fast fashion going to landfill by being mindful of what we are buying, how we are disposing of old clothing items and where we are purchasing new clothing items from. Check out the below website for more information!

We want you to promote the reduction of clothing sent to landfill by hosting a fun clothes swap with your school! This is an opportunity for students to bring good-quality items of clothes that they do not wear anymore and swap them for another students item. You can get as creative as you like with this clothes swap!

Step 1

Have a meeting with your EcoMarines to plan your clothes swap! Here are some questions to consider: 

  • When will you have it?
  • Where will you host it? E.g. school hall, outside on the oval, inside a classroom?
  • Will it only be a clothes swap or can students bring in books, housewares etc. 
  • What are the rules of the swap? E.g. students must bring something in to swap or make a donation to enter (money can go towards a charity or future EcoMarines projects).
  • How will you make sure the swap follows proper hygiene? Will you ensure students wash clothes before bringing them in?
  • Who must you talk to to get the right permissions?

Step 2

Advertise your clothes swap to the school and student community! Get creative! Will you talk on assembly? Why not create some fun posters? You can even create an informative video!

It’s important to also include an educational component to your advertising to teach students about the issue of clothing wastage and fast fashion. Here are some helpful resources: 

Step 3

Conduct your Clothes Swap!

Make sure to grab some photos and jot down some notes of how it ran. 

This will be important to share the success of the event with your student community afterwards e.g. at assembly or in the school newsletter!

Step 4

Let us know how you went!

Send us an email with a few photos and we would love to share your success on our socials. 

We would like to thank the Indooroopilly State High School EcoMarines 2021 for inspiring this challenge with their Clothes Swap!

Containers for Change is a great initiative to encourage recycling and giving back to the community. 

We suggest incorporating Containers for Change with our Recycle Rangers challenge.

Step 1

Setting up a recycling initiative in your school, and making sure people know how to use it.

Step 2

Separating the refundable containers from non-refundable. 

Step 3

Taking the refundable containers to your nearest collection centre.

Step 4

Check out ReturnIt or Scouts to assist with steps 2 and 3! 

Choose what to do with the funds! These could be put towards an environmental project in the school, local charity or anything else you choose. EcoMarines is a registered charity with Containers for Change and we would welcome any donations to help us grow! Our code is C10041492 if you would like to donate.

The Containers for Change website has more information on what type of containers are accepted, and where to return them.

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