February 15, 2022

RAT Cassette Recycling Project Underway

Preparing RAT cassettes for Studio Kite to turn into an amazing scultpture!

We only recommend you handle RAT’s from your own home unless you are medically trained to handle biohazardous materials.

    1. Separate the two parts of the RAT cassette
    2. Remove and place test strip into landfill bin inside the supplied ‘biohazard’ bag if supplied
    3. Wash and completely dry the two hard plastic parts of the RAT cassette – these are now ready to be recycled.
    4. Drop the cassette parts into a collection tub/bin in the Northern Rivers (see map of locations below) and we’ll organise collecting them each month.

Thanks!  You’re a legend!

RAT Cassette Recycling Project – we can so we should

Aren’t we supposed to be transitioning to a Circular Economy?

Until June 30, 2022, Northern Rivers communities are encouraged to participate in this exciting project that demonstrates consumers desire for reusable materials to be kept out of landfill and results in a piece of art to celebrate the effort.

Millions of Rapid Antigen Tests are in Australia right now and we have been directed by our Government’s to send all the plastic components to landfill.  Some people may have placed the hard plastic cassette into their recycling bin which unfortunately is called ‘wish-cycling’ – hoping or assuming that something will get recycled but these items are simply too small for most recycling centres machinery to cope with (it will fall through the machinery ending up on the floor alongside other materials that are later scooped up and put in landfill.)

Mullum Cares believes Australian’s want more effort made to stop recyclable materials going to landfill and this project is intent on demonstrating this.  We believe that Council’s are being unfairly expected to find solutions to hard to manage waste streams of products made for consumption in residential settings.  If an item can’t be recycled through kerbside recycling services or composted through green bin collection then it should be returned to the place of purchase (or another convenient location) and the cost of recovering the reusable resources in the product born by the manufacturer, retailer and consumer.


The people who benefit from the creation of a product should cover the cost of recovering all reusable materials at the end of the products life.

RAT cassette collection locations

Are you a business in the Northern Rivers that would like to collect RAT cassettes for this project?

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