A lot of our waste unnecessarily goes to landfill. Landfill sites take up a lot of space, which could otherwise be used for natural bushland, farmland and other open spaces.
Recycle as much as you can
A lot of common household items can be put in your blue recycle bin. Find out what you can and can't recycle.
Lots of other items can be recycled as well:
- unwanted chemicals, solvents and oils
- mobile phones and other electronic waste
- soft plastics
Find out how else you can recycle unwanted items.
Take your own reusable shopping bags
Consider taking your own reusable shopping bags both to the grocery store but also whenever you go shopping.
Avoid single use items
Consider reducing the amount of single-use items you purchase. Single-items are products or packaging we use once and throw away. Find out more about common single-use items and how to use them more sustainably.
Purchase recycled products
A lot of the things we buy have options that are recycled or contain recycled materials. Next time you're at the shops, check the label and choose the option with more recycled materials. Visit Planet Ark's Recycled Products Directory for a detailed list.
When buying items, try and choose things that have less packaging or that have minimal packaging. A lot of plastic can end up as litter that's dangerous to our natural environment.
Say no to unnecessary plastics and packaging - for example fruit and veggies wrapped in plastic or on trays. Fresh unwrapped food is often the healthier option too.
Use cloth nappies and reusable sanitary products
Modern cloth nappies are better for your baby, your wallet and our environment. Disposable nappies contribute to over 2 tonnes of waste per child. All of this goes to landfill and takes years to break down. Find out more about the benefits of cloth nappies on the Sustainability Victoria website.
Reusable menstrual products include sanitary pads, cups and leak proof underwear.
You may also be eligible to get a rebate for using cloth nappies and reusable sanitary products.
Shop smarter at the grocery store
Before you go grocery shopping: plan your meals, check your fridge and pantry, make a list, and avoid impulse buying.
Make sure you know the difference between 'use by' and 'best before'. Often, you can still safely eat foods for a while after their best before date has past. They may have only lost some quality.
Find out more tips to reduce waste and handy recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
Composting your food waste means you send less waste to landfill. The compost process also produces a nutrient rich soil product that is great for your garden.
You may also be eligible to get a rebate for your compost bin, Bokashi Bucket or Worm Farm.