Reducing Waste

What you can do to reduce waste going to landfill.

Take the Pledge

The latest Take the Pledge competition has closed. We thank the 1390 residents who have so far taken the pledge to divert waste.
 
You too can join Unley’s war on waste by increasing the amount of items you recycle and by diverting more food scraps and compostable paper to your organics bin. For more ideas see Handy Tips and Recycling Plastics.
 
If you would like to join for future competition rounds, we encourage you to fill in our online form.
 

  • Take the Pledge Winners

    Congratulations to the following winners who have received a $25 Mitre 10 Barrow & Bench – Malvern Store gift card:

    Black Forest
    Melissa M, John C

    Clarence Park
    K Anugra, Barbara C, Janet M

    Everard Park
    Ruth G

    Forestville
    Justin H, Ethan H

    Fullarton
    Chris B, Theo, Brian M, Jane N 

    Goodwood
    Adriana S, Erin M

    Hyde Park
    Yvonne A, Ruth M

    Kings Park
    Elizabeth W, William M

    Malvern
    Martin R

    Millswood
    Sally B, Janet R


    Parkside
    Patricia G, Susan G, Jessica W, Elizabeth R, Zoe B, Julie L, Stacey Q

    Unley
    Nicholas S, Pekki M, Hedda A

    Unley Park
    Neil B, Robert A 

    Wayville
    Carrie L, Mrs M, Georgia P, Tim P

     

Handy Tips

AVOID waste in the first place

  • Refuse junk mail if you don't want to read it
  • Share magazines and newspapers or access them free at the library
  • Store food in reusable containers


REDUCE what you throw away

  • Buy products in bulk with minimal packaging
  • Repair before replacing
  • Use both sides of paper
  • Minimise food waste and compost any scraps
  • Use reusable cloth nappies instead of disposable ones


REUSE materials in an innovative way

  • Reuse glass and plastic containers
  • Reuse gift wrapping paper and ribbon
  • Buy refillable containers where possible


RECYCLE products to save natural resources

  • Buy products made from recycled materials
  • Turn organics into compost
  • Recycle suitable containers
  • Buy products with packaging that can be recycled

Composting

Approximately 35% of the rubbish that each Unley household throws away in their wheelie bins is organic material that can be easily made into compost.
 
A Guide to Composting
How compost works in your garden
  • Composting at Home

    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:

    • improving garden health and soil structure by adding nutrients
    • reducing water use in the garden
    • saving money spent on fertilisers and mulch
    • reducing greenhouse gasses produced by rotting material in landfill (and saves landfill space)
    • reducing the cost of waste disposal to the community.
  • 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

    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:

    • citrus and acidic foods
    • foods from the onion family
    • meat products
    • dairy products.

    These can be put in your Organics bin.

  • Compost Bins
    Most kitchen scraps and other organic material can be put in your compost bin.

    Avoid meats and dairy products, these can be put in your organics bin.

    Find out more about composting – Guide to Composting

Kitchen Caddy System

kitchen caddy

Prevent your leftovers and food scraps becoming waste by using the kitchen caddy system.

Approximately 35 per cent of the rubbish Unley household’s throw in their waste bins is organic material that could easily be composted.

The kitchen caddy takes all kinds of food scraps, including bread, meat scraps and bones, egg and oyster shells, cheese, seafood and even tissues, paper towel and hair. The container is sealed to minimise smells or liquids and can sit on your bench top or under the sink. Once the kitchen caddy is full, both the compostable bag and contents can be placed directly into your green organics bin.

Kitchen caddies with 52 compostable liners can be purchased for $11 from the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, during office hours. Additional rolls of 52, 75 and 100 compostable liners are also available from $4.50 per roll.

 

Cloth Nappies

Good for the environment, good for baby!

Cloth nappies have come a long way. Modern versions are more absorbent, less bulky, easy to wash and use.
Nappy facts 
  • Disposable nappies take approximately 150 years to break down, taking up valuable space in landfill
  • In Australia up to 2.1 billion disposable nappies are sent to landfill each year
  • It takes twice the amount of water to produce one disposable nappy than it takes to wash one cloth nappy for a year
For more information visit the Eco Bums Coth Nappy Service website.
 
 

 

Foodwise

Have leftover food in the fridge? Try the Recipe Finder.

This FoodWise Recipe Finder is your guide to making the most of common kitchen foods.  FoodWise helps you get the most out of every meal and ingredient in your kitchen. So, get online and check out this great tool.  It will save you time and money and reduce your household waste.