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Waste minimisation
Most household waste is a combination of discarded packaging such as aluminium cans, glass, plastic, steel, paper and cardboard. These can all be recycled. Approximately 30 per cent of the waste at the landfill is garden waste and food scraps which can be composted. 

When all these items are removed from the red lid waste bins, there is very little left to go to landfill. The keys to waste minimisation are avoid, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Avoid making waste
  • Use alternatives to plastic shopping bags;
  • Don’t buy more than you are likely to consume, particularly food and perishable items;
  • Buy durable products, not short life throw-aways;
  • Avoid buying over packaged items;
  • Buy rechargeable batteries;
  • Share magazines and newspapers; and 
  • Refuse junk mail if you don’t want to read it.

Reduce waste
  • Buy frequently used items in bulk or concentrated form;
  • Photocopy or print on both sides of the paper;
  • Set up a compost bin or worm farm in your backyard for food scraps; and 
  • Reduce food waste by not over catering or throwing out leftovers.

Reuse
  • Reuse plastic bags when shopping or for storage;
  • Reuse glass and plastic containers for storing items such as hair clips, screws, rubber bands, food;
  • Buy items in refillable containers where possible;
  • Collect egg cartons, ice cream and yoghurt containers for day care centres and schools;
  • Hold a garage sale, it’s a great way to get rid of your unwanted items whilst making a few dollars;
  • Clothing bins and charities – clothing bins are located at various sites for the collection of reusable clothing.  These bins are run by charities that distribute donated items to the needy or on sell them to the public.  Most charities will also accept a range of reusable items, including bric-a-brac delivered to their stores.  Some will also accept reusable and saleable furniture.  Please contact the charities directly for further information;
  • Old sheets can be used to protect furniture while painting;
  • Maintain items so they last longer; and
  • Repair it – instead of replacing a broken or damaged item, repair it.

Recycle
If you can’t AVOID, REDUCE or REUSE the materials, the next best thing to do is RECYCLE:


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290