Sydney Rubbish Removal: The Difference Between Recycling and Upcycling

When it comes to sustainability, we’re all about ensuring every rubbish removal project is done with an eco-friendly focus.

That means that at Sydney City Rubbish, we’re very big on recycling, repurposing and reducing all manner of waste.

Two activities that are quite similar are recycling and upcycling. However, there can be some confusion around the differences between the two.

Therefore, we’ve broken it down for you here.


Recycling is the process of objects being returned to a reusable material, so that the materials can be used in the manufacturing process once again.

For example, when it comes to recycling glass, bottles and other items are melted down so that the glass can be remoulded into new glasses and items.

The same process goes for many wood and plastic products.

When these materials can be reused, it means natural resources aren’t required to manufacture new items.

That is a big win for sustainability in every area, including office businesses, the construction industry and others.

Therefore, it’s essential you hire a professional Sydney rubbish removal company to handle your waste removal project.

This is because at Sydney City Rubbish, we ensure everything possible is recycled.


Upcycling is the process of taking waste items and turning them into something else that may be useful.

Instances of this include turning plastic bottles into plant holders, birdfeeders or masks. Wooden boxes being used to hold plants or other items and furniture being reclaimed… and so on.

Upcycling is fantastic because it means absolutely every part of the waste item is being reused, and not ending up in landfill.

It also saves the environment from the recycling process, which can also have a negative impact on the eco-system through carbon emissions.

The Differences

The main difference between the two is the actual breaking down of materials for the recycling process.

This does involve some carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, as well as a loss of material throughout the process.

On the other hand, upcycling means the entire object is reused.

Therefore, upcycling is usually the preferred method in terms of sustainability. It can also save your business money.

To discuss a sustainable rubbish removal project for your business, whether it be an office or construction site, get in touch with Sydney City Rubbish here.

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