Recycling the Unrecyclable: Introducing Recyclable Signage

  • Date01 February 2022
  • Reading time 5 mins read

Mesh Direct is known for always going above and beyond, and the next step in our sustainable journey is no small feat: we’re excited to ​​introduce a Responsible Signage Range and a new Recycling Program! This is one more step towards creating a more sustainable future and reducing signage waste where we can.

As the first 100% carbon neutral signage company in Australia in 2021, we knew we had to keep working hard to reach our sustainability goals in 2022, and to continue pushing the industry ahead. With over 600 tonnes of signage added to landfill each year, we’re making our mark by introducing a fuss-free recycling program alongside our new Responsible Signage Range.

When you throw away your used signage, it’s a one-way ticket to the landfill. That’s where our recycling program kicks in to give your old signage a second life. Mesh Direct makes it as simple as possible for you to reduce the amount of signage sent to landfill each year. With your help, we can reduce signage waste and recycle more, to create a lasting impact on the world.

Why a Signage Recycling Program?

We share the deep concern about the signage industry’s environmental footprint that many of our customers express. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce this recycling program to reduce signage waste where we can.  We’ve created our recycling program and responsible signage range because we care deeply about sustainability, and we appreciate how much our customers value having sustainable options when it comes to signage.

So, how does Mesh Direct recycle signage?

  1. Send it back to us.
    When you’ve finished with your signage, return the signage to us. We then send it on to TerraCycle. For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled, read more here.
  2. The signs are prepared for recycling.
    Your old signs will be washed and prepared to be recycled. Each sign is cleaned thoroughly before it moves on with its new life as a different product. 
  3. Time for a second life  
    Based on the sign’s substrate material, it will be made into a new product. Examples include a park bench, bucket or reusable shopping bags! 
  4. $100 to say thanks.
    You will be credited $100 for your contribution to use on your next signage project with Mesh Direct!


Recycling via TerraCycle’s recycling program – Recycling the unrecyclable

Mesh Direct is sending your old signage to be recycled via TerraCycle’s recycling program, helping us make sure that your old signs don’t end up in landfill. We send TerraCycle your signage waste, ready to be sorted, processed and transformed into something new (and just as functional!) Simply send your old signs back to us and we’ll look after the rest.

Recyclable signage range

What can be recycled? This year Mesh Direct is introducing a new Responsible Signage Range. We’re offering recyclable signage alternatives for our most popular products.

Here are the Responsible Signage options:

  1. Alupanel Signage

Alupanel is a hard-core signage solution made from aluminium composite.

Woolworths Alupanel Signage2. Polyester Mesh

Our lightest fence mesh available is perfect for short term signage solutions.

Vivid Sydney Event Signage Fencing Advertising

3. Crowd Control Barrier Signs and Banners 

CCB’s serve an important functional purpose whilst providing a fantastic branding opportunity.

4. Corflute Signage 

Corflute is a corrugated plastic material, also known as corriboard. It’s a rigid and flat substrate which combines low cost and high quality.

Construction site corflute safety sign


5. EcoVinyl 

100% recyclable billboard skins. The perfect alternative to traditional vinyl banners.

Green Ecovinyl billboard

6. EcoBoard 

A 100% recyclable and biodegradable signage alternative to traditional corflute.

EcoBoard Sustainable Signage


What else can be done to reduce signage waste?

  1. Only order what you need –  this way you can help reduce signage overproduction.
  2. Choose sustainable signage options – Mesh Direct provides sustainable signage options. Click here to explore all the responsible signage options available.
  3. Reuse your signage – Simply participate in our Recycling program by sending your old signage back to us and we’ll take care of the rest!
  4. Choose signage that will last – We are pushing the limit of our sustainability efforts and doing our best to offer long lasting signage options.
  5. Not sure which one to get? – Get in touch with our carbon neutral signage experts to discuss sustainable signage options for your next project!

Our impact

Mesh Direct aims to lay the foundation and lead the way in the signage industry Australia-wide. By drawing attention to the amount of signage that ends up in landfills, and creating a recycling collection scheme to reuse and repurpose signage, we aim to play our small part in making a big impact on sustainability.  

We believe that by simply recycling your old signage into other useful products, you can have a powerful impact on the amount of signage sent to landfills every year. As we take these small steps and work our way towards creating a waste-free signage solution, you can join us in this sustainability journey by choosing our recyclable signage and participating in our recycling program, helping to keep the environment clean and landfills empty.

Our commitment

After becoming the first Australian signage company to be 100% carbon neutral in 2021, we are excited to take the next step in our sustainability journey with TerraCycle. Sustainability is a vital part of our vision and values, and we strive to make a difference in the signage industry by demonstrating our commitment to sustainability  and increasing expectations for more sustainable signage products. Join us in our green journey to reduce signage waste and promote sustainability!

Next steps

Becoming carbon-neutral and introducing a recycling program is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more exciting news and sustainable signage options!

  1. Lay the foundation and lead the way in the signage industry Australia-wide
  2. Continually invest in new technologies and materials that will contribute to a more sustainable future
  3. Aim to have a carbon neutral supply chain by 2025
  4. Continuously nurture our in-house culture and values to champion sustainability.

To learn more about our commitment to a more sustainable future, click here 



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