Rethink, Reduce, Reuse – then Recycle

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When it comes to maximising resources and minimising waste, we can all do small, simple things to 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’; 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.

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Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Find out about our E-waste, RightCycle and ResourceSmart Schools sustainability programs.