Recycling Education

Council is working hard to provide recycling education material, tools and support information for all the community to use. We take the same strategy and the NSW EPA and aim to educate the community on how to avoid waste and reduce their waste, reuse it, and recycle it. Use this simple hierarchy to help you take action:

  1. Avoid - Do we need it
  2. Reduce - Do we need so much?
  3. Reuse - Can we use it again?
  4. Recycle - Can someone else use it or turn it into new products?

Here are some ways that you can do this

Avoid

Avoid Waste 

There are many things you can do to avoid waste. We have listed below simple tips that could help you to avoid waste: 

  • Simple things like taking into consideration the amount of packaging that an item is wrapped in, and buy the product that has the least wrapping,
  • When you pack a lunch for work or for school, use lunch boxes and containers, don’t put your food in plastic bags or if you have to then put food into paper bags (that is if they can be put into them).

Avoid Food Waste

Purchasing 

In retail, the quantity of stock that you plan and order to sell can impact on the amount of food waste your business generates. When planning your orders, follow these tips to avoid food waste:

  • check existing stock and order precisely to avoid having too much stock
  • consider weekly and seasonal variation and how this impacts on the quantity of stock required
  • consider daily ordering of fresh produce to limit spoilage

Preparation 

If you do any food preparation in your business, try some of the following tips to avoid food waste:

  • consider when and how food should be prepared to maintain freshness
  • maximise the use of ingredients by avoiding over trimming and use all parts of the produce when possible

Storage 

Throwing food in the bin because it hasn't been stored correctly directly cuts into your business profits. Here are some tips to maximise the life of your food:

  • maintain correct temperature control (fridge 3-4 degrees Celsius and freezer minus 18 degrees Celsius) and storage conditions for perishables such as dairy products and meat. Storage areas should be clean and dry
  • rotate stock (put just-purchased items at the back of the fridge/freezer/storage area) for freshness and reduced spoilage
  • avoid storing food items one on top of the other as this can damage food

For further information click on this link. 


Reduce Waste

The first step to reducing household waste is to rethink our assumptions about what waste is. If we shift our thinking about the lifespan of products that we use and the lifecycle of produce that we consume, we can make landfill a last resort.

The next step is to become more aware of how we create waste and the variety of ways we can reduce, re-use and recycle. Nothing is waste—until we throw it away.

By refusing excess packaging or making a decision not to purchase things brand new, we can reduce the amount of unnecessary waste sent to landfill. 

Buying products that can be recycled or contain recycled materials helps to keep metals and other useful materials out of landfill. This can also reduce the demand for manufacturers to make new materials.

Whatever waste we produce should be disposed of correctly. Take advantage of your Council's garbage and recycling services. For further information please click on this link. 

Reduce Organic Waste 

Around two thirds of waste sent to landfill is from organic material like food scraps, paper and garden waste. When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it produces a gas known as 'landfill gas' which consists of about 55 per cent methane. Methane is a much more damaging greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2). It's also smelly and highly flammable. 

Organic material sent to landfill would be better composted at home or dropped off to your local green waste recycler. 

For further information please click here. 

Reduce Business Waste

The EPA has a comprehensive listing of ways to reduce your business waste. Council has listed below a summary way to reduce your waste:

Café’s and restaurants - Around one third of a typical restaurant or café waste bin is filled with paper and cardboard, while another 28 per cent is food. Paper, cardboard and plastic can all be recycled instead of going to landfill. 

Retail - Sort through the contents of a typical waste bin in a retail store and you will find that 94 per cent is filled with packaging materials like paper, cardboard and plastic, almost all of which can be recycled. In order to reduce the amount of packaging, buy in bulk. It means you will not have to recycle so much material. 

Reuse it 

Why not try donating items that are in good clean order to your local charity so that they can be reused. They usually have items such as these:

  • clothing
  • books
  • furniture
  • soft furnishings
  • gift and decorative items
  • household goods
  • computing and home office equipment
  • building materials and products.

Or try these places

Council and Valmar Support Services has a Tumut Re-Use shop located at Gilmore Waste Transfer Station, they have a Facebook page and you can see what the shop has. Go to www.facebook.com/TumutReUseShop

Planet Ark Reuse Information hub also has great information on how to reuse  or share products. They list:

Recycle it

Council has recycling facilities for all residents in the shire that pay the waste levy and recycling is free to drop off to most of the Waste Depot. We have an A-Z guide on how to recycle in the shire that is available at all waste depots and Council chambers. 

Council has created a presentation that details what you can recycle. Click on the picture below for a copy of the full presentation. 



Planet Ark lists these great recycling tips:

  • Remove the lids from your plastic bottles and make sure they are empty before you place them in your recycling bin
  • Hosting a big party? Make a statement by repurposing some cardboard boxes and placing them strategically to make recycling bottles easy for your guests, and easy for you to clean up later! Attach the sign to the right to make it obvious!
  • If you have broken glass or ceramics like ovenproof dishes, drinking glasses or mugs, creatively reuse or place in your rubbish bin, because just 15g of ovenproof glass can contaminate one tonne of normal glass, making it useless for recycling.