of chemical waste recycled back into water

Did you know 95% of salon chemical waste is actually water? So why not recycle it!

Instead of all these chemicals being rinsed down the sink and polluting our waterways, we help give them a second life by neutralising them to be reused as recycled water. This also means we can better conserve our natural water supplies when a high-purity product is not needed.

What do we accept?

Chemical Container and Chemloop Container
  • Peroxide/Developer
  • Colour Solutions (Tints, Semis, Lightener)
  • Perm Liquid
  • Acetone
  • Tanning Solution
  • Straightening Liquid
  • Solid Chemical Waste (e.g wax, pomade)
  • Chemical Packaging
  • Gloves
  • Brushes
  • Foil
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cleaning Products

Chemicals to Recycled Water

How do we recycle chemical waste?

When chemical buckets and chemloop containers arrive at the depot, they’re decanted into a 1000L drum. Once full, this gets sent to our chemical recycling partners who either centrifuge it to separate the water content, or chemically rebalance so it becomes usable recycled water! The excess 2-3% of chemical waste is properly disposed of by incineration, not sent to landfill.

Recycled water in action

Sprinkler using recycled water on construction site.


Recycled water is used in place of fresh water when a high-purity level is not necessary, like in the construction industry. Whether it’s used for dust suppression to protect workers’ lungs, making concrete, or washing trucks and other equipment, recycled water is a valuable and sustainable resource for all our tradies out there!


The majority of recycled water is bought by councils who then use it across the community for watering gardens, flushing toilets or even filling ornamental ponds.

Watering community garden.
Wet tile-cutter


Recycled water is especially useful for wet-cutting machines on concrete and tiles. The water keeps dust from getting airborne, reduces noise and acts a coolant to keep machines from overheating.

Hanna Foy

Hanna Louisa Hair

“It’s great being able to see how much colour we use and putting them somewhere other than down the drain. Having a salon so close to the ocean and in an old building, I don’t want to be putting anything down there that would be harmful to the drainage as well as the ocean.”

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