Reducing your waste
Reducing your waste
Avoiding waste by recycling unwanted goods reduces the amount of waste we send to landfill, it also reduces the amount of raw materials we need to use such as oil, gas and water to create new products!
There are several things that you can do in day-to-day life to reduce the amount of waste that you send to landfill.
Remember to recycle
So many common household items can be recycled in your kerbside bin, check out the recycling bin webpage to see what you can recycle.
We all need to be smart about how we sort our waste to ensure we are putting the right thing in the right bin! After all, your waste is your responsibility.
- When shopping remember to take your reusable bags
- Say NO to plastic bags, even if the shop is advertising them as re-usable
- Avoid buying single-use, such as plastic water bottles, coffee cups, balloons, and disposable cups, plates, cutlery and straws.
- Refuse junk mail (visit the City’s offices for a free “No advertising” sticker)
- Purchase products made from recycled materials
- Avoid individually wrapped products – this packaging is unnecessary, for example fruit and veggies wrapped in plastic or on trays.
- Use reusable containers and ditch cling wrap
- Take your re-usable water bottle and coffee cup with you when you leave the house
- Invest in a re-usable lunch container for your take away food (check out the City’s Retub program)
Did you know that you can replace other single-use products from around the home with reusable?
These disposable items all have re-usable replacements that work in the exact same way as the single-use items, but they will help you and your family reduce the amount of waste that you send to landfill:
- Produce bags
- Children’s food/yoghurt pouches
- Bread bags
- Coffee pods
- Food zip lock bags
- Makeup pads
- Face wipes
- Breast pads
Cloth nappies and sanitary products
Millions of cloth nappies are sent to Eaglehawk landfill each year, modern cloth nappies are easy to use, more cost effective than disposable, better for the environment and come in a great range of colours and patterns!
To find out more about modern cloth nappies, visit https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-Your-Home/Live-sustainably/Single-use-items/Nappies
There is a huge range of re-usable sanitary products available on the market including pads, underwear and cups. While the change might seem daunting, they are easy to use and clean, are cost effective and reduce the amount of waste that each individual sends to landfill significantly.
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Use your organics bin or compost bin
Recycling organics or composting is a great way to divert material from landfill and recycle the nutrients in your food and garden waste that you no longer need!
Reduce your food waste
- Plan your meals and avoid impulse buying
- Write out a shopping list before buying food and check what is already in the pantry and fridge
- Use leftovers to cook up new meals or take them for lunch the following day, check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for more tips and recipes for leftovers: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/Love-Food-Hate-Waste/Love-a-list