Reducing, Re-using and Recycling in the Community

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​​Our daily lifestyle and consumption choices have a large impact on environmental quality, and humans are consuming energy, water, materials and generating waste at an unsustainable rate. Our climate is rapidly changing.

It is essential that we examine our everyday habits and routines and find ways to use resources wisely – to ‘tread more lightly’ – so that we can continue to thrive as a community and meet the needs of current and future generations and support the ecosystems around us.​​

At the heart of true ‘sustainability’ is the vision of a community working together to achieve a balance between economic prosperity, environmental conservation, cultural identity and social wellbeing. Everyone can make a difference, at home, at work, at school, and out and about.

At Home

We can make a lot of personal choices about what we buy. For example, we can:
  • reduce the use of packaging
  • carefully monitor our food to reduce food waste
  • re-use things and 
  • donate our pre-loved, good quality items to tip shops, to charity or give them away on Freecycle
  • take broken items to the 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. 

The​re 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​.

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 we can ensure that we carefully purchasing items that are durable and we have taken environmental considerations into account.  For example, we can:
  • ensure that paper has recycled content, then that we recycle that paper
  • collect mobile phones and batteries for recycling too.
  • look at what wastes are being produced by our industrial processes and potentially reduce them or put them back through the system
  • gift clean, inert materials to 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.​


At School

There are many ways to reduce wastes 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. 
The Tasmanian Government has developed hands-on teaching resources on waste​, for primary schools, which are linked to the Australian Curriculum. 

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. 

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