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Recycling

What Goes In The Yellow Recycling Bin?

For the first time everyone in WA has the SAME guidelines on what can and can’t go in your recycling bin. Establishing this “Yes” and “No” list helps to ensure more of our household waste is recycled, and it’s important, because placing the wrong items in your yellow-topped bin has the potential to contaminate a whole truckload (or even more) of items that could have otherwise been recycled. These are the top five things to avoid placing in your kerbside recycling bin: ITEMS IN BAGS Give your items the best chance of being recycled by placing them in the bin...
Waste Reduction

10 Ways To Reduce Waste At Home

Reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place is the key to collectively cutting landfill in Western Australia. Here's 10 simple things you can do to reduce your household waste: BUY LESS If you buy less then you’ll naturally have less to throw out. Start by reducing your grocery shop. Chances are you'll then be throwing out less packaging AND less spoilt food. Push it a bit further and apply it to your clothing and gadget purchases too. Be sure to ask yourself if you really need it... if the answer is "no" leave it at the till. SEEK OUT...
Recycling

Total Green Recycling

WHY TACKLE E-WASTE? It was James and Michael Coghill’s entrepreneurial spirt and enthusiasm to start a business that would have a positive impact on the planet that saw them, while still at university, set up Total Green Recycling (TGR) in 2008. They used to pick up things from the side of the road to supplement their incomes. Surprised by the sheer volume of electronic goods left on verges for council pick-up, they saw an opportunity to tackle a growing waste problem and increase the recycling-rates of resource-rich e-waste. In 2008 the average e-waste generation rate per capita in Australia was 7kg per...
Recycling , Waste Reduction

Hillcrest Primary School

WHAT WAS THEIR MOTIVATION? Hillcrest Primary School understood there was a need for robust waste management practices and both classroom and playground based learning opportunities if they were going to really embed a focus on sustainability and set a positive example for their students. As one of WA’s 450+ Waste Wise Schools they had a framework for change to work from and support to make it happen. But, with the basics in place, the wider school community (everyone from teaching staff through to the gardeners, canteen staff, students and parents) could still see further opportunities to make a difference and they wanted to...
Recycling

Recycling Tips To Reduce Your Waste

Maximise your recycling by getting to know what can and can’t go in your yellow top bin at home, and what to do with those other items. It's really important to remember the recycling symbol doesn't mean you can automatically put it in your household recycling bin - in fact, placing the wrong items in this bin causes contamination which could lead to more waste being sent to landfill unnecessarily. GLASS, TINS, PAPER AND CARDBOARD You can put glass jars and bottles (even the broken ones); all metals including tins and cans into your yellow recycling bin. Always make sure they...
Household , Recycling

What Is Fogo?

You might have heard the term “FOGO” pop up in the past year when discussion turns to waste, but do you know what it actually means? A NEW THREE-BIN SYSTEM FOGO – or Food Organics and Garden Organics - is often used when talking about a three-bin system where any waste that once lived (like food scraps and garden waste) is diverted from landfill and then processed to make into compost for use in parks, gardens and in agriculture settings. It's a relatively new approach to waste management in Western Australia. FOGO, because it also diverts large volumes of food waste, goes...
Recycling

Wa’s Ultimate Op Shop Guide

Did you know that every time you leave a brand new item on the shelf in favour for a pre-owned one you are helping to own your impact? LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019  OUR FAVOURITE SECOND-HAND SHOPS There are HUNDREDS of second-hand shops, often operated by charities, scattered across neighbourhoods and small towns all over WA. Patience and perseverance are the keys to success when you’re shopping for pre-loved items, that’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite destinations for clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, manchester and furniture. If you’re looking for other ways to source pre-loved items, or to find a...
Waste Reduction

Your Guide To Second-hand Living

There’s a lot of truth in the phrases “everything old is new again” and “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”. Embracing second-hand – either as a buyer or a seller – is an excellent way to reduce your household waste and own your impact. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a guide to help you on your preloved journey to success. ONLINE SECOND-HAND DESTINATIONS Forget about ride-sharing, we think the rise of online marketplaces for second-hand items has been one of the most valuable outcomes of the sharing-economy! These are some of our favourite online places to shop,...
Household , Waste Reduction

What To Do With Old Clothes You Can’t Donate

Do you need to know more when it comes to knowing how to responsibly get rid of all of worn clothes, towels and sheets? Not everything can, or should be, donated to your local op shop. In fact, a good rule of thumb should be that if you wouldn’t gift it to a close friend or family member you shouldn’t be donating it to a charity to be resold in the first place. SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Often after a big wardrobe clean out, you’ve separated out the items that are still in a good condition that can be...
Household , Waste Reduction

What Are Toy Libraries? (And Why They Make Sense!)

Let’s talk about toy libraries – a concept that is as simple as it sounds and one that is helping many families to own their impact AND save money. A LIBRARY FOR TOYS Access your inner-child for a moment and think about how exciting it would be to walk into a toy store and know that you could choose anything you wanted from the shelves and take it home with you that same day. That’s what it feels like walking into a toy library too. You choose the items that appeal to you, take them home, play with them and...