Tips to sort it right this Christmas
Date posted: 14 December 2018
Christmas is a time of year when your house is full of family and friends, your belly’s full of delicious food, and your household bins are full too! Council is offering some tips on how you can enjoy a waste-wise Christmas with your loved ones.
- Separate all food waste including meat, bones, seafood and dairy, and put in your green bin for a weekly collection. Use a certified compostable bag in your kitchen food scraps bin and tie up the bag when you put it in your green bin. Consider freezing meat scraps in the warmer weather and placing out on bin night.
- There will be some changes to bin collection days over Christmas. Find out your Christmas collection dates and make sure you put your bins out at the kerb the night before collection.
- To minimise odours in summer, store your bins in the shade, make sure your bins are not overfull or cracked, and the lids close properly. Find more helpful tips in our fact sheet.
- Recycle as much of your household waste as you can in your yellow-lidded recycling bin, including glass bottles, plastic containers, cardboard packaging, cards and paper wrapping.
- If you have excess recyclables, including glass bottles and cardboard packaging, you can recycle them for free at the Awaba Waste Management Facility. If you have excess eligible drink containers, consider taking them to your nearest Return and Earn collection point. Most empty 150-millilitre to 3-litre drink containers are eligible for a 10-cent refund. Find your nearest collection point at returnandearn.org.au.
- Reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. Plan your meals in advance, try to only buy what you need and get creative with the Christmas leftovers.
- Try not to use disposable items, but if you need to, remember to recycle plastic and paper plates and cutlery in your yellow-lidded bin.
- Take used items such as batteries and electronic waste to your local Community Recycling Centre, to recycle free of charge. To find out more about recycling other problem household waste, visit lakemac.com.au/waste/other-household-waste.
- Purchase rechargeable batteries. These are better for the environment and your hip pocket in the long run.
- Recycle soft plastic packaging items through REDcycle at Coles’ supermarkets across the City. For more information, visit redcycle.net.au.
- If you’re unsure about what items go in which bin, use our what goes where tool.
Page last updated: 14 December 2018