By PHIL OWEN*
TASMANIANS throw out more than 451,000 tonnes of waste each year*. About one third of this is common household waste disposed in our kerbside wheelie bins.
By rethinking what we do with our waste, there are many things we can do at home to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.
Reducing the level of household waste is an easy exercise in rethinking old habits and watching what goes into our wheelie bins. Avoiding waste in the first place is a great way to start.
Avoid creating waste:
- Take your favourite coffee mug or travel mug with you for takeaway coffee
- Buy common grocery items in bulk and take your own containers to the bulk grocery store
- Carry reusable bags everywhere you go for all types of shopping
- Pack your lunch in a reusable container
- Plan your meals in advance to avoid throwing out food
- Reuse to reduce waste:
- Donate unwanted clothes and household items to your local charity shop
- Have a garage sale (see the story about Brighton Council again sponsoring this year’s national Garage Sale Trail on page xxx of this edition of Brighton Community News) to give pre-loved items a new home
- Search your local reuse or charity shop to stock up on common household items
- Consider swapping clothes and toys with friends rather than throwing them out
- Visit a toy library to refresh toys instead of buying new ones
- Reuse old envelopes and find creative ways to reuse used paper
Avoiding generating waste saves energy, resources and over-manufacturing of commonly used goods. The tips above provide some easy ways for all residents to lower the amount of waste we put into our bins which goes straight into landfill. I encourage you to do your bit to responsibly manage waste in your household.
*Phil Owen is chair of Brighton Council’s Waste Management Committee