How much waste do you produce each year?
An average 4 person family generates enough waste to fill this 3 bedroom house every year!
If you recycle by filling your household recycling bin and/or taking your recyclable waste to the local Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility or Transfer Station, you are already reducing your waste going to landfill.
What more can I do?
Try these sustainable tips when buying or making things for home or work:
Avoid purchasing, making or gathering items that have to be disposed in general waste at home, work or at the waste facility. Do you really need the item? Can you use an existing item instead of buying a new one? Are there alternative options eg electronic meetings, correspondence & records; can you make or grow the item?
- Reduce the items that will need to be put into general waste. Consider recyclable, reusable or compostable items before disposal in general waste; buy local and save resources wasted in storage & transport plus support local farmers and business; grow vegetables and fruit at home or buy seasonal food from local farmers markets; buy in bulk or refill your own containers to reduce packaging waste; use rechargeable batteries; walk to and from the local shop; with many more options to consider.
Reuse and save resources: donate unwanted items to family, friends, neighbours, charities or at Council waste facilities; shop at charity or pre-loved stores; choose reusable shopping bags instead of single use plastic bags; use washable containers for lunches; paint or cover furniture and enjoy them for a few more years; and so many more opportunities.
- Recycle - to make sure you recycle right, check Council’s website for a list of what can be recycled through your recycling bin. Many items are not accepted in the recycling bin, but are still recyclable through other retailers or local program: recycle plastic bags at Woolworths and Coles
(Coles also takes soft plastic wrappers, film and bread bags etc); recycle batteries at Battery World and Aldi; recycle printer cartridges at various locations and search online for more opportunities.
Recover your food and garden waste with the following suggestions: food scraps to your chickens, goats, guinea pigs; compost food scraps, garden waste, shredded paper & cardboard; mulch greenwaste and cover your gardens each year; repurpose unwanted items into useful projects for storage; and many more.
- Dispose: It is achievable to dispose only 20% of the total waste you create every day into the general waste bins at home, work, in the public bins and at Council’s Waste facilities. Try it for a week and see for yourself.
Use the footprint calculator to find out the number of planets you need to sustain your household’s lifestyle. Then make a few more sustainable choices and check how they impact your lifestyle Vs the number of planets you need to sustain your lifestyle.
Living Smart at home with waste
Register on the Living Smart Home website
and access information and tools to help reduce your waste consumption and amount being disposed in landfill. Make sure you view the "Story of Stuff" documentary. See Smart home services