An average family generates enough waste to fill a house every year!
If you recycle by filling your household recycling bin and/or taking your recyclable waste to the local Waste Management Facility, then you are already reducing your waste going to landfill.
What more can I do?
Consider the following waste minimisation techniques to help reduce your waste that is currently going to landfill:
- AVOID - Ask youself if you really need the item. Consider how you will dispose of the item after its life.
- REDUCE - Live a litter-free or low-packaging waste lifestyle. Buy in bulk and choose long-life products and reduced packaging options.
- REUSE - Choose second hand goods, pre-loved items, and refillable containers. Choose repair over replace. Find new ways to use items.
- RECYCLE - Close the manufacturing loop and use resources again to save money, water, energy and the environment. Turn your food and garden waste into compost and liquid fertiliser.
- RECOVER - Capture the energy available in discarded products eg. collecting landfill gas from the decomposition of organic waste to generate electricity.
- TREAT - Treat waste prior to disposal to reduce its hazardous nature eg. clinical waste, regulated waste or stabilised organic waste.
- DISPOSE APPROPRIATELY - If there is no viable alternative to protect waterways, bushland and wildlife.
- how you will dispose of the packaging for items
- if similar items can be bought with less packaging
- how you will dispose of the product when you don't need it anymore?
(eg. mobile phones or batteries)
- can you buy in bulk or refill the container?
Say NO to plastic bags, take your own reusable bags.