Frequently Asked Questions
What happens to refoil when disposing it in the general waste bin?
refoil will be collected by the local waste collecting authorities and will be sent to a landfill area where the foils will degrade for centuries to come.
What happens to refoil when disposing it in the mixed recycle bin?
Only when you have crushed refoil correctly into balls the local council will collect the mixed recycle bin content and will send it to the local Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where the refill balls can be separated from the other recyclables via a machine called the Eddy Current for further resource recovery. For more information on the recycling process visit www.sita.com.au
What happens if I don’t crush refoil after use and dispose of it in the mixed recycle bin?
At the MRF the foil pieces can tear during the separation process and can fall off the conveyor belt. Today the Australian recycling industry does not have technology to reprocess foil pieces. Therefore the pieces can not be recycled and end up in landfill.
When crushing refoil into a ball what is the recommended size in order for the foil to be recycled at the recycling centre?
The minimum size is that of a tennis ball or in hairdressing terms five to eight standard sized (20cm long) foils.
Is refoil 100% recyclable?
YES. It can be recycled over and over again without loss of properties.
Can I recycle stained (with colour, bleach) refoil? What happens to the chemicals in the recycling process?
Lightly rinsing the foil is advised, as this makes the recycling process go smoother. During the melting process the chemicals are separated from the aluminium foils and most of the time disposed of correctly.
Do the chemicals pose harm to the environment?
Yes all chemicals cause harm to the environment. That is inevitable for now. However by recycling refoil you have saved Australian soil from contamination and used only 5% of the energy needed to produce the new aluminium.
What should I do if I can’t find a recycle bin in my local area?
refoil has a bunch of solutions. On our website we provide information on where to recycle. If you still can’t find a recycling solution in your local area, please e-mail or phone us. We would be delighted to help you find a recycling bin in your local area.
Why does refoil not use the “100% recycled” label?
Today refoil does not label “100% recycled”. This because the industry does not yet have a benchmark system where percentages of primary and secondary aluminium use in a product can be measured.
Can I recycle my refoil at local scrap yards?
YES and you will even be reimbursed for it in cash, just like in aluminium can recycling. Look up your local scrap yard on www.recyclingnearyou.com.au