If you want to reduce waste in your home, the best thing to do is to avoid purchasing products that create waste in the first place.
Why is avoiding waste important?
Waste generates approximately 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Moreland. By choosing to buy clothing, plastic and food products that can be reused, recycled or re-purposed you can reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
Avoiding waste saves resources including energy, materials, time and money. While recycling is an important step in recovering materials, the process still requires additional resources to make new products and separate old ones. The waste hierarchy outlines the most preferable ways of dealing with waste, starting with avoidance.
How can I avoid general waste at home?
- only buy what you need, make a shopping list and stick to it
- say no to single-use items (coffee cups, straws, bottled water, plastic bags)
- buy products with less packaging or recyclable packaging
- buy in bulk, and refill and reuse containers
- buy second hand or swap goods
- repair rather than replace
- buy products made from recycled materials
- buy products that last and can be repaired, which is often cheaper in the long-run
- choose energy and water efficient products
- take reusable bags when you go shopping
- compost your food scraps and green waste at home, or use Council’s Food and Garden Organics Bin
- responsibly recycle and dispose of household and office items
For more advice on how to avoid waste see Reducing Waste on the Council’s website.
How can I avoid food waste at home?
Did you know that on average, Australians throw out around 1 in 5 bags of groceries? This is equal to about 312kg per person, costing households $2,000 – $2,500 each year.
The good news is that by making a few simple changes as home you can significantly reduce household food waste. This is one of the biggest impacts you can have on climate change as an individual.
Avoiding food waste in the first place saves all the resources and energy that went into making it.
The top action in the avoid food waste hierarchy is to buy only what you need and eat all you buy. Unavoidable food waste can be composted at home or turned into compost after being placed in the food and garden organics (FOGO) bin.
Eat it Don’t Bin it
Our Eat it Don’t Bin it program helps you create delicious fuss-free meals that save time and use up all your ingredients. Our top 3 actions for keeping food out of your bin and money in your wallet:
- Make items that need using up in your pantry fridge and freezer easy to see and find
- Once a week make a meal out of foods and leftovers that need using up
- Before cooking check how many will be eating and adjust the amount you cook to minimise how much is left over