Reducing Plastic

Plastic is a low-cost material which may be useful for many things. However the impact of discarded single-use items can be severe.

With some simple planning, we can choose reusable options. Here are some tips:

  • Take reusable bags when shopping
  • Take a reusable mug to the cafe for takeaway coffees or enjoy your drink in store
  • Take your own drink bottle and lunch box
  • Say no to plastic straws and cutlery
  • Choose products with less plastic packaging
  • Dispose of plastics thoughtfully

Redcycle

Redcycle is a program which collects scrunchable plastics for recycling, with a collection point at Coles supermarket in Hawaiian Shopping Centre. 

Unbag your recycling

Sometimes, residents place their recyclable items in plastic bags and them put them in the yellow-lidded bins. They are too dangerous for workers to open bags and they can get caught in the sorting equipment, slowing the process down. Your recycling placed in plastic bags does not get recycled and is discarded as waste. Place your recyclable items loose in your recycling bin.

Food Waste

Did you know? Each year in Australia, households throw away 3.1 million tonnes of edible food. Use these helpful tips to avoid food waste in your household:

  • Only buy what you need and avoid buying perishable foods in bulk.
  • Understand expiration dates- a ‘Best before’ date is a guide to when the product will be at its best however, a ‘Use by’ date will suggest when the product might spoil.
  • Find new recipes to use leftover foods before they go bad.
  • Keep a food waste journal to record what you throw away- it will bring your attention to what is being wasted and where.
  • Store produce properly, using airtight containers and jars to keep things fresh for longer
  • Only cook what you can eat in a couple of days.
  • Preserve foods in jars for lasting nutrition.

Any food scraps you do need to dispose of should be kept out of your bin. Help to divert food waste from landfill whilst improving soil quality in your garden, use a worm farm, compost or Bokashi bin. Click the links below for information on how to set up composting at your home.

Worm farming

Composting

Bokashi composting