Choosing Your First Zero Waste Box™ System

Our Zero Waste Box™ system has a recycling solution for nearly everything standard kerbside recycling programs don’t accept. Items as specific as cigarette butts, to almost all of the packaging in your kitchen, or you can opt for something as comprehensive as the All-in-one Zero Waste Box—almost no separation required!

The system is designed to allow households, schools, businesses, and individuals to easily recycle hundreds of different items, and so with the many mix-and-match, customisable options, choosing your first Zero Waste Box system just might be the hardest part!

So are you looking to recycle everything, but don't know where to start? Here are some simple questions to ask yourself to determine which Zero Waste Box system fits your recycling goals.

Who is collecting? 

Is your first Zero Waste Box just for you and reducing your individual impact, or is your family, workplace, or community organisation also on the recycling journey? More people recycling will equal a greater volume of material, and this will affect the size (small 30L or medium 80L) of the box that will be the best fit. 

A huge benefit to several people recycling together is the potential for sharing the cost of the box (and eventually the replacement box once this is full). The number and types of people collecting will also determine the type of Zero Waste Box that’s best for you.

Zero Waste Boxes in an office

What do I want to recycle? 

Do you consistently consume pre-packaged foods from a vending machine, or carry out to-go lunches with rigid black plastic containers? What about items generated in the breakroom, or disposable gloves? We have a box for each of those, but our most popular include the boxes for plastic packaging and what we call the “all-in-one” because they take a wide range of items (including those just mentioned) and don’t require much sorting. If you need a little help check out our quiz to see which box is right for you. 

Where do I want to put it?

Location, location, location. Putting your Zero Waste Box in the right spot can increase collections and create access to a recycling solution where people will use it. So, the place you want to recycle will also determine what size or type of box is best for your goals. We have boxes specifically for recycling everything in your kitchenbedroom, garage, or office, as well as common items thrown away in those rooms, such as coffee capsules.

Tas Cafe Zero Waste Boxes

Tas Caffé recycling coffee bags and bottle caps with Zero Waste Boxes - Tasmania, July 2021

How much material do I want to put in the box? 

A simple question relating to the previous factors of who is recycling and what, when, and where you want to recycle. Do you intend to collect a significant amount of material at once (like chip bags in a school) or a small amount over time (like bottle caps in a small office)? You can also think ahead regarding whether you’d like to invest in a larger box to collect in for longer, or try out smaller boxes to buy as you go.

Why do I want to recycle with Zero Waste Box?

Lastly, having a good think about why you want to recycle everything with Zero Waste Box will lead you to your best fit. Perhaps you are frustrated by the fact that most of the products and packaging we touch on a daily basis have no end-of-life solution. Maybe you want to teach your children about recycling, or reduce the impacts of your business behind the scenes. 

Perhaps you want to use your platform, your voice, your dollar, to make a difference, taking responsibility for the trash caused by single-use items in our day to day lives. Whatever your reason, we are here for you because we believe it is possible to outsmart waste.

Still don't know where to start? Take this short quiz to find out which Zero Waste Box system fits your recycling goals.

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