Reduce waste at home

To reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, the City of Stonnington is focusing on minimising the amount of rubbish generated within the municipality.

You can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and protect our environment by reducing the rubbish you generate, and reusing, recycling and buying recycled products.

Each year kerbside recycling in Victoria:

  • saves more than 11,000 megalitres of water - enough to fill more than 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • prevents 386,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere - equivalent to taking more than 64,000 cars off the road for a year.

Reduce

To reduce the amount of waste you produce at home:

  • buy less
  • use a compost bin or worm farm for your food and garden waste
  • refuse plastic bags
  • choose reusable bags
  • buy products with less packaging or recycled packaging
  • buy durable, reusable and recyclable products
  • buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging
  • place a ‘no junk mail’ sticker on your letterbox
  • use refillable containers for food and your water.

Reuse

With a bit of creative thinking and resourcefulness, many products and materials can be used again. To maximise reuse:

  • wash out glass jars and plastic containers to re-use as storage containers
  • when clothes are worn out, use them as cleaning or dusting cloths
  • use newspaper to line your kitchen bin
  • take re-useable bags when you go shopping
  • create ice-blocks for your esky out of milk jugs or disposable water bottles.

Recycle

Recycling is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment. We encourage our residents to recycle as much possible by placing acceptable recyclable items for collection in your kerbside recycling bin.

The great benefits of recycling include:

  • reusing resources rather than throwing them away
  • diverting waste from landfill
  • saving water and energy
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • conserving natural resources such as coal, gas and oil
  • saving money and creating jobs and businesses for the local community.