Education and Awareness About Waste

​​​​​​​​​There is a lot of community interest and concern about sustainability, waste and litter, particularly in recent years as people witness huge volumes of waste going to landfill and the threat that litter poses to marine wildlife.  With catalysts such as the ABC program ‘War on Waste’ and restrictions on recyclables that could previously be sent to Asia, people at home, at work and at school are looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint.

​Keep Australia Beautiful

​Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania (KABTas) work to inspire and educate communities to keep Tasmania clean and beautiful. 

KAB Tas celebrates sustainability achievements in rural and regional communities through the Sustainable Communities (Tidy Towns) Awards. The awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the sustainability achievements of Tasmanian grassroots rural and regional communities. 

KAB Tas also provide Tasmanian schools with the oppurtunity to apply for up to $2000 towards a project to improve sustainability in their school through the Sustainable Schools Grants ProgramIn recent rounds, recipient schools recieved grants for initiatives including gardening projects, recycling and even beekeeping. 

These programs are assisted through funding from the Tasmanian GovernmentTo submit an application and learn more, visit Kee​p Australia Beautiful Tasmania.

Children planting a school vegetable garden
At Home

We can make a lot of personal choices at home to reduce waste:

  • buy items with minimal packaging 
  • carefully monitor our food to reduce food waste
  • re-use things
  • donate our pre-loved, good quality items to tip shops, to charity or give them away on Freecycle
  • take broken items and clothing to your local Repair Café to learn how to repair them
  • hire items rather than buy them
  • organise and/or participate in a clothing swap or toy swap
  • recycle at the kerbside
  • say no to plastic shopping bags and take our own instead
  • bring our own cutlery and crockery to events, to reduce the use of problematic single use plastics
  • compost our food scraps or put them in the FOGO bin.
  • Take used batteries to your nearest Bcycle​ battery collection point (remember to put sticky tape on the terminals).   

There are so many ways to optimise our resources. To find residential recyclers in your area, see your local council or Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You. There is also an app called Recycle Mate where you can take a photo of an item and the app helps you know where it can be recycled.

For householders who want to reduce waste, try Rethink Waste. Follow Eat Well Tasmania for ideas on how to reduce food waste at home.

At Work

At work there are also many ways to reduce waste:

  • purchase items that are durable and where the environment is considered
  • ensure that paper has recycled content, then that we recycle that paper
  • collect mobile phones and phone batteries for recycling
  • look at what wastes are being produced by our industrial processes and potentially reduce them or put them back through the system
  • give away clean, inert materials to Tips Shops for use as craft materials
  • minimise food waste and/or donate food to food rescue organisations

If we are conducting an event, we can look at Sustainable Event Guidelines​​​. To find commercial recyclers in your area, see Planet Ark’s Business Recycling Near You.

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association are active in promoting waste reduction in industry in Tasmania. As are Rethink Waste.​

Business Resource E​​​fficiency Program 

​Through Renewables, Climate and Future Industries ​Tasmania, the Tasmanian government supports the Business Resource Efficiency Program, which aims to help businesses who want to be part of the solution on waste and climate change. For more information visit the Business Resource Efficiency Program webpage​.​

At School

Sustainability is now a cross curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum.

There are many ways to reduce waste at school, such as:

  • printing double-sided
  • recycling in classrooms
  • composting
  • bringing minimal packaging to school
  • investigating the possibility for canteens to go waste-free
  • altering lunch time to encourage kids to eat all of their lunch.

NRE Tas supports waste and sustainability education in schools and can provide advice and guidance for teachers on waste issues.

Primary school teaching resources are now available on general waste issues for Kinder to Grade 1, as well as litter, paper, plastic and food waste for Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 students respectively.

They are aligned with various areas of the Australian Curriculum including Science, Maths, English and the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability.

Teaching Manuals

 WASTE A Teaching Manual Kinder - Grade 1 (PDF 30Mb)

 WASTE A Teaching Manual Grade 2 - Litter (PDF 1Mb)

 WASTE A Teaching Manual Grade 3 - Paper (PDF 2Mb)

 WASTE A Teaching Manual - Grade 4 Plastic (PDF 2Mb)

 WASTE A Teaching Manual Grade 5 - Food Waste (PDF 3Mb)​

School Food Matters promotes healthy eating and waste reduction in Tasmanian schools.

Out and ​About

When we are away from home or at a concert or festival, we can still recycle. If we are in the City of Hobart or another place where compostable containers are used, we could take them home to our FOGO bin for hot composting.

Several organisations around Tasmania promote avoiding, reducing, re-using and recycling. These include Rethink Waste and individual councils such as Kingborough, with their waste ambassador Mamma Rosa.

The State Government provides funding to Rethink Waste and Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania to encourage people to live sustainably and avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle in various aspects of their lives.

Useful Links


Waste Initiatives

Environment, Heritage and Lands Division