What you can do to reduce waste going to landfill.
The City of Unley invites Unley residents to take the pledge to make a difference by recycling and composting more.
Hundreds of Unley Council residents have taken the pledge to increase recycling and divert more food scraps and compostable paper to their organics bin. We’ve seen a 50% increase in food scraps and compostable paper in organic bins from households that have taken the pledge so far. Well done, this is one of the best results in the State! We’re also thrilled to see an increase in recyclables, and reduced contamination, in recycling bins!
Take the Pledge and Win!
If you’ve already taken the pledge, thank you, and please keep up the good work. You’ll automatically be entered into future rounds of the competition.
If you haven’t yet joined, we encourage you to fill in our online form and take the pledge to divert more recyclable and organic materials from landfill.
Once you have pledged, we will send you a sticker for your bin(s) to show your commitment to reducing landfill. You will also go into the draw to win a $25 Mitre 10 Barrow & Bench – Malvern Store gift card.
Vist Recycling & Waste for a list of items that can and cannot go into your Yellow Lidded and Organics bins.
Congratulations to the following winners:
AVOID waste in the first place
REDUCE what you throw away
REUSE materials in an innovative way
RECYCLE products to save natural resources
Composting is recycling too!
Home composting is a natural and efficient way to recycle food scraps. It's easy, cheap and provides many benefits. Home compost systems include compost bins and worm farms.
Composting is a very worthwhile pursuit because it produces useable compost, castings and liquid fertilisers which are very beneficial for our soil and plants. These products add nutrients, microbial diversity and increase the water holding capacity of your soil. You will start seeing food scraps and garden waste not as rubbish but as a resource to be recovered and used in your home compost systems.
To help reduce the amount of organic matter that goes to landfill and cut the production of greenhouse gas emissions, we support our residents to participate in composting at home, where these materials are produced.
Benefits of composting include:
Coffee can improve your garden
Coffee is a great source of nitrogen - a much needed plant fertiliser. The nitrogen in coffee grounds is the kind that needs to break down in the soil before being released, so it ends up feeding a slow and steady drip of fertiliser to your plants.
The nitrogen in coffee nicely balances the addition of "brown" materials (leaves, straw and cardboard) in a compost heap.
In addition to nitrogen, coffee grounds also contain magnesium and copper in just the right amounts to be beneficial to your plants.
Coffee grounds act as an effective repellent against slugs, snails, ants and cats when sprinkled around your garden.
Earthworms and compost worms LOVE coffee grounds, so you can add coffee grounds to your worm farm as well!
Worm farms are an alternative to composting for people with small gardens. They can be kept in small areas such as on balconies or courtyards. Worm castings provide a rich soil-like substance that can be used for pot plants and growing seedlings.
Most food scraps can be put in worm farms except:
These can be put in your Organics bin.
The 225 litre bins that can be bought through the Council, are made from 100% recycled plastic and have a unique aerated design that helps prevent any undesirable odours. The bins do not require worms to operate, however if worms are added, they will speed up the composting process.
Introduction of the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016
Littering and activities that cause nuisance such as noise, smoke and dust impact on our enjoyment of local areas. The new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 will help communities resolve local environmental complaints more efficiently through their local council.
Benefits of the Act
The legislation will result in improved amenity, particularly reduced littering and illegal dumping, for towns, regions and cities throughout the state.
Local government is better placed to respond quickly and effectively to local nuisance issues as they have a local presence, and community expectation of local government with regard to policing environment protection matters is very high.
The Act has been proclaimed to commence in two parts. The litter related elements of the Act will commence on 1 February 2017 and the local nuisance related elements will commence on 1 July 2017.
For more information and Fact Sheets on the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, visit the Local Government Association website.
Dob in a Litterer App
A new public litter reporting App and website, developed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will give power to the people who see someone litter. The app is free and available for Android and Apple phones and tablets. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions visit the Dob in a Litterer website.
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