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Waste and recycling

Avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle are key words when it comes to reducing the effects of consumerism on our environment. There are many simple things we can do at home and work to manage our waste better, which collectively can make a big difference.

By far the best approach to managing waste is to cut down on the amount you create. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it – then it certainly won’t end up as landfill. Cutting down can be as simple as re-using plastic containers for storing food or other items, or collecting greywater to water plants.

Australian households are good recyclers of paper and packaging, but lag behind other nations in dealing with electronic waste. This lead to the launch of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, which provides consumers with access to a national network of recycling drop-off points for these products.

Another waste and resource recovery initiative, is Waste Less, Recycle More – a five-year, $465.7 million  funding program, the largest of its type in Australia – implemented by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to reduce waste, deter littering and combat illegal dumping across the State.

Additionally, the EPA is developing ‘The Recyculator’, an online tool that allows councils, industry and businesses to calculate the benefits of extending their recycling programs, across a range of materials, including organics, glass, metal and plastics.

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Page last updated: 29 January 2016