28 June, 2021
Five ways to handle home waste
HOUSEHOLD waste. This is a huge topic and a focus that can make a huge difference for the planet. Our best defense is always to reduce what we consume and to reuse items thoughtfully.
By Karen Jacobson
The next focus is managing our household waste in a way that minimises our impact.
about this topic seems all that
glamorous, but small steps taken
by all of us is the game.
No need for overwhelm. Scan
through these and choose one
small step to take to make a start.
There are five bins or refuse sections to managed and make a plan for.
Having a sign on your landfill
bin is powerful.
The goal is to have as little as possible in this bin.
Reading the word landfill keeps us present to what this refuse really is.
You could make this a family project - how little can we have go into our landfill bin?
Once you implement some or all
of the ideas below, it’s possible
it will take weeks not days to fill
your landfill bin.
Check with your Council to review a list of all of the items that are picked up and recycled.
This can go a long way to reducing
your household waste. If you
have children, involving them in
this process is valuable on many
They are likely learning
more about waste at school than
we know and might contribute a
lot to the family household waste
conversation and implementation.
Many major supermarkets
have a green bin at the front where
you can return your soft plastics.
Sometimes I’ve had to ask where
it is as it’s in a corner.
We use a soft plastic bag to put
all of these in and this lives next to
our landfill and recycling bins under
Soft plastics include
the kind of plastic around crackers,
biscuits, over fruit and veg.
that bag of soft plastics in our car,
then the next time we shop, drop
the whole thing into the green bin.
Get ready to reduce your refuse
We could talk all
day about the variety of options
Visit your local
hardware or garden retailer to investigate
different compost bins or
This can easily be set up for
your own garden if you live in a
If you are in a unit, begin the conversation with your neighbours to explore solutions for your building. What goes into compost?
All fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, and even some paper towel will decompose in compost.
store our compost in our freezer
until we take it to the Whitsunday
Organic Garden which has a compost
bin for the community.
Perhaps you have a friend with a compost set up.
If there is one
Zero Waste tip that makes the
most sense in the world it is this
Yes, it takes some up front
effort, but it won’t take long to get
into a routine.
Cans, Bottles and Single Use
Plastic Drink Bottles
How fantastic that Queensland
has the bottle return system.
is another excellent project to involve
Collect throughout the week and return for 10 cents each to Anything Environmental in Jubilee Pocket behind the Tavern or your local collector.
If you are doing some or all
of the household waste solutions
above, it’s jarring how tiny the
landfill section of your rubbish
becomes literally overnight.
*We collect all glass jars from jam, mayo, vegemite and clean them.
They go in a box and when we visit the local markets, it’s pretty straightforward to find someone who makes preserves who is thrilled to reuse them.
Rest assured every one of these
actions moves the needle in the
direction of a zero waste community.
Choose one action implement a week or a month
Let’s share our ideas and work toward a truly Zero Waste Whitsundays.
If you have additional tips, we
would love to hear them.
Your zero waste interest or journey is of interest to us. Feel free to connect on Instagram @ zerowastewhitsundays for more resources or join our private FB group to share your story.