Waste Reduction & Education
Reducing Household Waste
Waste is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions - and one that we can all have an impact on. Home is a great place to start making changes. Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
To help reduce waste around the home you can:
- compost at home
- order a green organics bin
- donate old clothes, books and toys to charity
- take wire coat hangers back to the drycleaners
- cook just enough to avoid throwing out leftovers
- take a basket or box shopping for fruit and vegetables
- buy fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat only as you need them
- remember to take your reusable bags when shopping
- take a reusable cup for your take away coffee
- take old mobile phones to our Community Link for recycling
- refill printer ink cartridges or take them to Australia Post for recycling
- dispose of used motor oil and vehicle fluids safely at the next household chemical collection.
Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge
Have you thought about how much waste we create at lunchtime each day? You could save a mountain of rubbish - and playground litter - with a rubbish free lunch.
- pack lunch and snacks in reusable containers
- fill a drink bottle with water, juice or cordial instead of buying pre-packaged drinks
- use cutlery that can be washed and reused instead of disposable cutlery.
Why Make the Effort?
- Recycled products keep waste from landfill, use less energy and water to produce
- did you know it takes almost four litres of water to create one disposable bottle?
- garbage in landfill creates methane and other gasses and is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions.
For more information on waste miminisation please visit the website listed on this page, contact us on 1300 368 333 or email us
School & Community Education Programs
As well as providing waste disposal services to the community our Waste Management team also focus on education and the importance of waste reduction. They have developed a fantastic fun program that can be customised to suit participating schools and other community groups.
Topics covered include:
- waste collection
- worm farms
- landfills and transfer stations
- litter and waste minimisation
With the help of council's own animated character 'Munchy the Worm' younger students will learn to be responsible, environmentally conscious citizens of tomorrow and be inspired to rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost!
For more information please contact Envirocom, who manage our education program on 9703 5227.