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Household Waste and Recycling in Gippsland

When it comes to maximising resources and minimising waste, we can all do small, simple things that add up to big, positive outcomes for ourselves, our community, our economy and our environment.

It wasn’t that long ago when broken things were fixed; items were made, borrowed or repurposed; hand-me-downs were the ‘norm’; food scraps went to the chooks; and, home-made and home-grown were a common-place.

Times have changed, and waste and resource management is complex, but many of these tried and true practices have come back into focus.

Resource Recovery Gippsland encourages Gippslanders to rethink their approach to waste and resources by considering how the 4Rs can work at home, at school, at work and in the community.

The 4Rs

> Rethink

Take time to think about:

  • what you need and want
  • what you buy and consume
  • how you use and reuse
  • how you deal with what you no longer need/want.

Your understanding of what’s possible directly influences your choices.

> Reduce

Your purchasing habits can help reduce waste from the outset:

  • avoid unnecessary packaging
  • plan, so that you buy only what’s needed
  • choose quality over quantity.

Use your buying power to shop smart, shop sustainably.

> Reuse

Cut down on disposable items by substituting reusable products – start with reusable:

  • water bottles
  • shopping bags
  • coffee cups.

Reuse is also about borrowing, repairing or repurposing – keeping things in use for as long as possible.

> Recycle

Know what can and can’t be recycled in your local government area.

Visit your council website to find out what can go in your recycling bin.

Importantly, buy Australian products that are recycled or have recycled content.

Kerbside Collection, Recycling and Transfer Stations

Gippsland households have a great record when it comes to recycling.

The total amount of household material set aside by Gippslanders for recycling has increased by 70 per cent since 2001.
Across the region, approximately 25,000 tonnes of recyclables is collected by councils from kerbside, equating to around 200kg per household.

Waste collection and recycling services differ from council to council, so always check what is collected in your council area before sorting your waste and putting out your bins.

Map showing Gippsland within Victoria

Visit your local council for further details on recycling in your area.

> Bass Coast

> Baw Baw

> East Gippsland

> Latrobe City

> South Gippsland

> Wellington

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