Reducing Waste

Australians currently send around 21 million tonnes to landfill each year. We can help change this by:

  1. Reducing the amount of waste we create
  2. Reusing or re-purposing items
  3. Recycling materials
  4. Responsibly disposing of what we cannot reduce, reuse or recycle.

Waste & Recycling Services

  • Council Waste & Recycling Information: Find out which bin to put your waste and recycling in, when bin day is and how to reduce waste around your home. Includes information on recycling hazardous and electronic waste such as household batteries, mobiles, televisions, computers and old paint.
  • Recycling Near You: The portal for local services and drop-off points for a range of materials.
  • Niche Product Recycling: Terracycle provides recycling for a range of products, from coffee pods to toothbrushes.
  • Council Buy Back Shop: There's treasure to be found in this selection of low-cost items that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Reduce Single Use

  • Say "No thank you": To plastic bags, straws, coffee cups and water bottles. Starting from 1 July 2018, shopping bags less than 35 microns will no longer be available in Queensland. For more information, download the fact sheet ( PDF, 2.19 MB ).
  • Seek alternatives: Follow local legend No Waste, No Worries for advice on reducing waste in your daily life and be inspired by practical guides from the Plastic Free July community.
  • Avoid unnecessary plastic: Avoid excessive packaging and individually wrapped portions. Reconsider products containing plastic microbeads, often found in facial cleansers, cosmetics, toothpaste, detergents and polishes. These can be harmful for marine life and absorbed by corals.
  • Purchase recycled products: Support the recycling industry by favouring products with high recyclable content.

Fight Food Waste

Australians currently waste the equivalent of 1 in every 5 bags of groceries. Not only does this cost households around $1,000 a year, it also wastes the water, fuel and other resources it took to get it from the paddock to your plate.

  • Get food wise: Plan your meals and love your left overs with tips and recipes from Food Wise.
  • Use your scraps: What you can't eat, your garden will. Composting can reduce the waste (and odours) in your wheelie bin and provide a free fertiliser for your garden. Download the Guide to Easy Composting ( PDF, 3.83 MB ) factsheet to set one up or consider starting a worm farm.

Beat Fast Fashion

Around half a million tonnes of leather and textiles goes to landfill each year, with around two thirds of this is made of synthetic fibres that may never break down. We can change this by:

  • Avoiding synthetic fabrics and purchasing second-hand items from a local charity op shop or boutique.
  • Holding a clothes swap to keep quality items in the community or your circle of friends.
  • Renting new pieces for those infrequent but special occasions.
  • Donating your clothing to a local charity op shop.
  • Keeping damaged fabrics for household rags and composting organic material.
Last updated: 16 June 2020