Waste Wise Tips

SMALL STEPS

  • Turn down the thermostat on your hot water system. Lowering it by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs by about four percent.
  • Repair leaky fixtures: one drop per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 litres of water each week. 
  • Install low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets. Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water by as much as 50 per cent. 
  • Stop standby waste - unplugging TVs, DVD players, computers, and other major electronics when they're not in use could keep hundreds of kilograms of carbon dioxide out of the air each year. 
  • Flush water waste – around 40 per cent of the water used in your home goes down the toilet. A low-flow toilet can cut the amount you use by half or more. 
  • Wash in cold - by washing clothes in cold water rather than warm or hot you can eliminate large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

RECYCLING TIPS

  • Choose products that have minimal packaging. 
  • Choose products that have recycled material in their packaging. 
  • Choose recycled products such as toilet paper and printing paper. 
  • Avoid toys and household items with batteries. 
  • Organic/Garden Waste 
    • Collect organic food scraps in the kitchen to put on the garden as compost.
    • Get a couple of hens for the household. They eat all the kitchen scraps and provide fresh eggs as a bonus. 
  • Paper 
    • Donate old magazines to doctors surgeries or share them around friends.
    • Use junk mail as scrap paper by the phone or shred and use as bedding for pets.
    • Reuse envelopes that come in the mail by placing a new address label over the last address.
    • Don't forget to recycle old toilet rolls, they're made of cardboard and can go straight into your kerbside recycling box.
  • Remove the lids from your plastic bottles and make sure they are empty before you place them in your recycling bin.
  • Broken glass or ceramics like ovenproof dishes, drinking glasses or mugs cannot be recycled so throw these in your rubbish bin. 
  • Australians are great at recycling aluminium drink cans. However one in three cans is still not recycled. If you're out at a picnic or barbeque, remember to take your cans home with you to be recycled. 
  • Reduce food waste by making a meal plan and shopping list and sticking to the list. Financially and environmentally it's better to buy more later if you need it, than to waste what you have too much of. Make other meals with your leftovers, and recycle your food scraps with a compost heap. 
  • Mobile phones should not be thrown in the bin as they contain highly toxic materials which end up in landfill. There are state-wide programs which collect old phones and recycle them without harming the environment. Go to -http://www.mobilephonerecycling.com.au/ for more information.
  • There are several initiatives designed at helping to dispose of ink cartridges such as ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ (http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/c4pa/). The easiest way to recycle your cartridges is to take them to one of their retail drop off partners. These include participating Australia Post, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith, Tandy, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Officeworks stores.
     
  • Everyday re-uses for plastic shopping bags: 
    • Use them to clean up after your dog when you go out for a walk around the neighbourhood.
    • Take your lunch to school or work in them.
    • Use them as packing between fragile items when moving house.
    • Put them in the bottom of pot plants or hanging baskets as a drainage aid.
    • Take them to the beach or the swimming pool to separate your wet clothes in your bag.
    • Some supermarkets recycle plastic bags so you can return used plastic bags to them.
    • Take them on your next shopping trip.