What we recycle

Cairns depot: recycling plastic, paper, glass & non-ferrous metal

Although our goal at North Queensland Recycling Agents (NQRA) is to keep as much out of landfill as possible, there are some materials we don’t process. Below is a handy guide to most of the common items people can bring in or request to be collected.

Please contact our expert staff if you can’t find a particular material listed here.

Accepted Recycling Materials

General Recycling

  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aluminium cans
  • Secure document destruction

Non-Ferrous Metals

  • Radiators
  • Copper
  • Aluminium
  • Lead
  • Brass
  • Stainless steel
  • Batteries

Containers for Change

  • Aluminium cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Liquid paperboard cartons

Refer to our Containers for Change page for more details.

Not Accepted Recycling Materials

  • Ferrous steel
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Liquid waste
  • Garden waste
  • Food
  • Hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Radioactive materials
  • Electronics scrap
  • Flammable materials—ammunition or fireworks
  • Closed containers—fuel/gas tanks, beer kegs, fire extinguishers
  • Illegal goods—guns, contraband, illegal imports