Avoid waste in your home

There are many ways to be more sustainable at home when it comes to minimising your waste. Two main ways include avoiding purchasing too much and recycling correctly.

Your first stop should be our Zero Waste Map. Find out everything you need to know about reducing, reusing, repairing and recycling in one place!

Some helpful hints:

  • Reduce what you buy - you can reduce the amount of packaging you use by buying in bulk, or buying from places where you can fill up your own container.
  • Make sure there is no recycling in the rubbish bin. If it's there, it will go straight to landfill.
  • Half the average bin is food waste - join Food Know How for info on cutting your waste, storing your food correctly, and making mighty meals from your leftovers.
  • Keep your own reusable coffee cup - about two million paper coffee cups are thrown away in Australia every day.
  • Keep handy a stock of reusable bags to hold your shopping. Australians use about 3.9 billion plastic bags a year - which means about 20,700 tonnes of plastic bags are sent to landfill each year.
  • Share resources like seeds and cuttings, pots, a ladder, or even worm tea with the neighbours to help grown vibrant veggies.
  • Borrow instead of buy - libraries are a great way to avoid waste by borrowing instead of buying. There are lots of great local opportunities to swap, share or borrow many goods, including tools and furniture.
  • Buy second hand - reusing something is the easiest way to avoid excess waste, and also help minimise resources which go into making and transporting new goods.

A to Z recycling guide

We have developed an A to Z recycling guide to help you determine how and where to dispose of your household items.

Turning your leftovers into nutrient-rich compost

Half the average rubbish bin is leftover food. By putting those leftovers to work in a compost bin, you will turn the leftovers into dark brown, crumbly soil that's full of nutrients for plants, and smells like a forest floor. Find out about ordering a compost bin.

Leftovers are food for worms

Worms will turn food leftovers into great worm tea and worm castings, that help plants thrive and grow. Find out about ordering a worm farm.

Do not use a plastic bag in your recycling bin

If you recycling is inside a plastic bag, the machinery can't get at it to sort it for recycling. So, tip recycling out of the bag into the bin, and put the bag in the rubbish bin - or the special bin for recycling soft plastics at supermarkets.

Where to recycle 

In addition to your home recycling bin, there are lots of options to recycle more at local drop-off points and other collection services.