One of the best things about shipping containers is how eco-friendly they are. You might think that because they’re so durable, they might be hard to repurpose, but this is far from the truth. As shipping containers are found in great numbers all over the world and can be put to so many different uses, it’s never too hard to recycle one!

So, if you bought a shipping container for something in particular and you’re not sure what to do with it now, never fear! Here are a few suggestions for recycling your container without too much hassle:

Recycling centres

One of the easiest solutions is to check in with your local recycling centre and see if they accept shipping containers. If they do, it’s likely that they have the right facilities to receive your shipping container without too much hassle on your part. In fact, some recycling centres may be able to pick up your container for you, and even pay you for the metal.

But if there aren’t any in your area, don’t worry. There are still plenty of other ways to recycle your old shipping container.


Another option is to donate it to a local school or community organisation. Sometimes, they can use shipping containers for things like storage, food trucks, or even as a makeshift classroom. When it comes to charities and underfunded organisations, it’s always worth asking. You never know what might help people in need!

And, as an added bonus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your used container is being repurposed in a way that makes other people’s lives a little better. Even if it’s just used for storage, it feels great to do some good in the community.

Online marketplaces

If you’re internet savvy and know how to use Facebook, Gumtree, or other online marketplaces, this is a common way of selling used shipping containers. You will need to make sure you’re honest in your description of the container’s condition, as they are a big investment – literally – and you don’t want to mislead any potential buyers.

However, even if your container is worse for wear, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to sell it online. Many people shop for used containers on online marketplaces because they don’t need a new container. They may be looking for a simple garden shed, for instance.


Finally, you can always repurpose your container into something new and creative! Although you might not think you have any use for it anymore, you might be surprised to learn about all the different ways that people reuse their containers.

With a little imagination, you can turn one into anything from a shed to a guest house. In fact, they can cut down on the cost of construction for all kinds of living spaces. If you’ve ever wanted your own private studio space away from the rest of the household, this could be ideal. They can even be used to create swimming pools!

We hope this list of options helps you to recycle your old shipping container in the most efficient way possible! But if you don’t have any luck, we’re here to help. At Shipping Containers Australia, we modify and recycle thousands of shipping containers every day. Our experts handle shipping container delivery and construction for large scale corporations, right down to personal projects, with no job too big or too small.

So, consider us your first resource for everything shipping containers! If you’re still scratching your head over what to do with an old container, just give us a call on 1800 006 162.