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How Can You Reduce Your Waste?

In East Gippsland, we throw away over 21,000 tonnes of waste into landfill each year. It’s not good for the environment and wastes precious resources. 

 

Before you buy an item or throw one away, think about the 4 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Refuse
    Refuse to purchase products that use excessive packaging and materials, particularly single-use plastics like plastic bags and plastic straws. 

  • Reduce
    Reducing what you buy and prevent waste being created in the first place is the most effective way to lessen our impact on the environment.

  • Re-use
    Use items over and over in their current form or for another purpose. Bring your own reusable cup and reusable bags – you can even find reusable produce bags that are much better for carrying fruits and vegetables than flimsy single-use ones!

  • Recycle
    Make use of the recycling services we and other organisations offer to make sure resources do not end up in landfill.

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Donate your clothing and household items rather than throwing them out

Remember when donating that goods must be in good condition, clean, in tact and worthy of resale. Do not use charity disposal bins as a way to get rid of waste, it is a heavy burden on these local stores, which are largely volunteer run. 

 

This article on the Interior Philosophy's blog lists charities and organisations in East Gippsland who would benefit from your donations.


Limit your packaging and food waste

You can reduce your waste significantly by being mindful of the amount of packaging on the foods you buy. For example, one large container of juice instead of six small containers or buying unpackaged fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Did you know? Household waste bins contain 35% food waste, and the average Victorian household throws out approximately $2,200 worth of food each year!

 

For some great tips on how to reduce your food waste at home, including delicious recipes and interesting food waste facts, check out the Love Food Hate Waste website.

 

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Did you know? Junk mail makes up six per cent of all paper used, equating to 240,000 tonnes of paper per year. We could fill 8,640 Olympic swimming pools with the water used to produce a year’s worth of catalogues!

 

You can say no to junk mail by: 

  • Putting a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your letterbox - these are available from most hardware stores

  • Registering on the Australian Direct Marketing ‘Do Not Mail’ register.
    Registrations only relate to ADMA member companies so it may not stop all unwanted promotional mail.

  • Contacting businesses directly and advise them to take your name off their mailing list.

For more tips and inspiration to simplify your home and reduce your waste, check out:

  • Gippsland Unwrapped: A blog written by Gippslander Tammy Logan about her family attempting a zero waste lifestyle. It is full of information and advice on minimising waste and supporting local business.
  • The Rogue Ginger: A blog written by Erin Rhoades, a Melbournian attempting to live a plastic free and zero waste life. The blog discusses plastic free alternatives to shopping, cooking, makeup, cleaning and travel.
 

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