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Join the War on Waste

If we all get on board with small changes to reduce our waste, we can make a big difference to how much rubbish goes needlessly into landfill.

We all need to do our bit to protect this extraordinary place we call home and reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill.

NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) charge a levy on all waste facilities and this cost is then passed onto Councils. Each year the waste levy increases to encourage the reduction of waste going to landfill and to promote recycling. The current waste levy is nearly 2.5 times more than what is was for 2009-2010.

Choose to Refuse and Re-use

Simple choices add up and help reduce the amount of waste we generate.

  • Use reusable coffee cups, water bottles and shopping bags.
  • Put a ‘no junk mail’ sticker on your letterbox.
  • Opt out of getting paper copies of the Yellow and White Pages.

Food Waste


Did you know that 38% of rubbish in NSW garbage bins is food waste and that 20% of the food Australians throw out is because they buy too much or don’t store their food correctly? Once in landfill, food waste produces greenhouse gases that impact on our environment.

Visit Love Food Hate Waste for inspiring tips on how to reduce your food waste.

Composting

Composting and worm farming is a great alternative to disposing of your food waste in the rubbish bin while creating quality fertiliser for your pot plants and garden. Book into one of our compost/worm farming workshops at the CEC or Kimbriki where you’ll receive a voucher to get you started.

No room for a compost bin or worm farm? Check with your local community gardens to see if they will take your food waste and turn it into quality compost.

Keeping Backyard Chickens

Chickens love your food waste and they give you free, fresh free-range eggs while also making great pets for your kids. Book into one of our backyard chicken workshops.

Disposable plastics


 

Beeswax wraps

Where possible avoid disposable plastics. Attend one of our Beeswax Wrap workshops and learn how you can swap cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps.

Can’t make it to one of our workshops? Watch our instructional video.

 

Pledge Swap This for That

Find out more about our Swap This for That campaign. Take our pledge and put down single-use plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups - aka the ‘Big 4’ – and pick up sustainable alternatives.

Find out more about reducing single use plastics.

 

Redcycle your soft plastics

Did you know that soft scrunchable plastics such as bread, rice, pasta bags and cling wrap can be recycled in the Redcycle bins at your local supermarkets? REDcycle recycles them into outdoor furniture for primary and pre-schools.

Visit REDcycle for a list of recyclable soft plastic items and participating supermarkets.

 

Nappies


 

Did you know every baby will go through between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies before they are toilet trained? This will cost you around $3,000 for just one child.  Modern cloth nappies will only cost you between $500 and $1,000 and keep nappies out of landfill.

Read about some other benefits for making the switch to reusable cloth nappies.

Our reusable nappy workshops are perfect for expectant parents with time to work out what options will work best for you and your baby. Parents of toddlers not yet toilet trained are also welcome.

Furniture, appliances, mattresses and toys


 

We can avoid this type of waste by buying quality items that will last or buying second hand.

Learn how to buy and sell online, and in turn keep these items out of landfill. Give your much-loved items a chance to be used and cherished by another person.

Book into one of our Buy Sell workshops.

Waste Reduction Events

Check out these interesting activities to get involved in to reduce your impact
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Avalon Car Boot Sale

Don’t send your unwanted goods to landfill… sell them at the Avalon Car Boot Sale at Dunbar Park Avalon.

Second Hand Saturdays

Find out how to throw a garage sale and get free advertising for your garage sale with Second Hand Saturdays.