Ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

Tips For Reducing waste

In Australia we¬†generate about 67¬†million tonnes of waste a year. And it’s pretty safe to say that this figure is not decreasing. The cost of food waste alone to the economy is estimated at $20 billion each year. Each and every one us us can take action to reduce the amount of waste we create. Australian governments have committed to preparing a National Waste Policy and to work together to better manage waste which is good, but we all have to remain aware and do what we can at an individual level too. There are many actions that you can take at home to reduce waste. The good news is that you will more often than not save money while saving the environment.

Opt for products with minimal packaging

Limit your use of single-use and disposable products and choose alternatives which can be used again. Don’t be afraid of washing and reusing plastic bags when you feel plastic is unavoidable.

Refuse Plastic, Use Reusables

Refuse plastic bags when you don’t need them. Keep reusable bags handy so you remember to take them to the shops. You can also use boxes or your own shopping trolley bag or backpack.

Fruit and Veggie shopping

When buying fruit and vegetables, put them into your trolley rather than plastic bags. You can also use net bags. Take good care of them. The idea is to reduce waste, so needing to re-buy net bags often defeats the purpose of using them in the first place!

Repair Household Items

Be honest. We’re all guilty of throwing something out before trying to find a way to repair something. While it’s not always possible to repair every thing that breaks, you’d be surprised at how many items can actually be patched up to work again and have their life extended. TV shows on restoring old furniture, cars, etc, may give you the idea that you have to be an artist to repair things. But usually all it takes is a close inspection of the article, using the right tools, and applying oneself to the challenge.