There are also lots of ways to reuse an item before it gets recycled or sent to landfill.
Refuse and reduce
'Refuse and reduce' means using less in the first place. If you're waste conscious when you buy and use things, you'll end up with less waste to get rid of later on.
If you 'refuse and reduce', you'll also save valuable resources and money.
You can 'refuse and reduce' by:
'Reuse' means using the same item more than once rather than disposing of it straight away. It makes sense because you'll save energy, raw materials and money and you'll be sending less to landfill.
You can reuse by:
When you 'recycle' you send a used product to a factory to be remade into the same product or something different. By recycling you can save energy and raw materials and send less to landfill.
Here are some things you can put into your recycling bin:
There are many other things you can recycle, but you can't put them into your recycling bin. Here are just some of them:
If you want to recycle these types of things, you can find out how to do it by contacting Council's Sustainability Officer.
'Compost' is created by fungi, bacteria, worms and other tiny organisms out of your food scraps and garden waste. By adding compost to your vegetable garden or garden beds, you'll add plenty of rich nutrient and organic matter to keep your soil productive and your plants healthy.
You can create your own compost by making a backyard compost heap or buying a special composting bin. Here are some of the things you can add to a compost heap:
Make sure you don't add any of these things to your compost heap:
Close the loop
'Close the loop' by buying green products and materials made from recycled material. By buying products made from recycled materials, you can be sure that you consume sustainably and play your part in greenhouse gas reduction. Here are some of the many things that are made from recycled material: