The old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has never been more true.

I recently visited the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop.

It’s been a while since I was there last but it is quite the treasure trove – furniture, old doors and windows, bikes, crockery, couches, garden tools.

You name it, you’ll probably find it there.

If you’ve cleaned out your shed at home and want to dispose of old paint cans, car and household batteries, gas bottles/cylinders or treated timber, the recycle shop will take care of these.

Large e-waste items like computers, televisions and fax machines are also accepted.

This is waste that contains materials including precious metals like gold and platinum, plastics, glass and lead, most of which can be recycled into other products for use.

If your washing machine or household appliances go on strike, then whitegoods destined for the scrap heap will instead be dismantled for parts.

Any item offloaded at the recycle shop is one less item that makes its way to the tip face, which means less damage to our environment in the long term as most items in landfill won’t breakdown overtime.

It also means less money spent by council paying tip fees to the Environmental Protection Agency, a cost which rises annually.

The recycle shop helps divert about 9600 tonnes of items from landfill each year but this number could be higher if people had only sorted their load prior.

Your choice to drop off items at the recycle shop also employs 14 people and they do a wonderful job.

If a load is sorted, recyclable items can be easily identified and removed by the recycling centre staff but if the load is not sorted the highest rate will be charged.

Sorting can be as simple as flattening any large cardboard boxes, putting bricks and rubble together, separating timber, metals, electronic waste and green waste.

If you can’t make it to the recycle shop, then you can drop off items at the Strathfieldsaye, Heathcote or Goornong transfer stations.

Items are also for sale at Strathfieldsaye.

Although, visit the City of Greater Bendigo website first to ensure your items can be accepted at the transfer stations.

For example, green waste cannot be accepted at Strathfieldsaye.

For the smaller items that can be managed at home, on average, about 40 per cent of the contents of Bendigo domestic waste bins are
recyclable.

I encourage you to visit the city’s website for a reminder on recyclable items to ensure that you’re doing your bit on the home front.

By diverting waste from landfill, the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop saves council and ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.