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Your bin full of rubbish multiplied by millions of households, week in, week out dumped into landfill represents valuable material and energy resources going to waste.
Everything we manufacture or produce has used energy in its production, so waste items represent wasted resources. We all need to reduce the level of waste we produce. To assist with the minimisation of waste it is recommended that we use the waste reduction hierarchy known as the 3 R’s. First and foremost we should Reduce/Avoid the waste before we purchase. Do we really need that product? Is there a way of purchasing that reduces the level of waste or packaging? Secondly, can the product be Re-used before being consigned to the waste stream? Lastly, can the product be Recycled? Recycling cans, bottles, paper etc reduces the use of raw resources and the amount of energy for reprocessing
Composting or worm farming can reduce the level of organic materials going to landfill and improve our gardens. The methane gas produced by landfill has 19 times the impact on the greenhouse gases compared to carbon dioxide.
By practising the simple reduce, re-use and recycle principles, households and businesses can at virtually no cost have a positive effect on reducing global warming. Our unsustainable levels of consumption are a major contributor to our present climate change crises, so making wise purchases makes good sense.
In the Local Projects page you will see how Council are working to find ways of reducing the waste dumped into landfill, with innovative projects looking at converting waste to energy
Council’s Waste Services website pages list the wide range of recycling services offered.