Results from a recent audit show that Unley residents have increased the amount of organic material being composted through the green organics bins.
However, there is still room for improvement as currently over 37% of food waste ends up in the blue waste bin and to landfill, which could otherwise go into the green organics bins for composting.
You can prevent your leftovers and food scraps becoming landfill waste by using a kitchen caddy.
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.
Every City of Unley household recently received a free ventilated kitchen caddy, a roll of 150 compostable liners and a how-to guide. Learn more about this program on our Kitchen caddy roll-out page.
To reduce food waste and save money, consider ways you can make the most of every meal and leftover foods. Try the Recipe Finder and select the ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.
Join the war on waste and BYO a Coffee Cup to reduce your waste footprint by ditching the takeaway cup for a reusable cup. Local cafes are signing up to the Responsible Cafes initiative and offering a discount if you BYO coffee cup! Visit Responsible Cafes for a list of local cafes.
If you do use a disposable coffee cup, recycling is a better option than sending it to landfill.
When trying to minimise your waste, remember the 3Rs, first reduce, then reuse and finally recycle what is left.
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
Avoid packaging that won’t go into your recycling bin, like styrofoam.
Reduce what you throw away
Reduce simply means to make less waste. Reducing the amount of waste you produce, is the best way to help the environment.
There are a number of ways to reduce your waste:
Reduce the use of ‘single use’ plastic bags (use cloth bags or reusable shopping bags)
Buy products in bulk with minimal packaging
Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tyres and appliances so they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently
Use both sides of paper
Minimise food waste and compost any scraps
Avoid purchasing non-recyclable materials
Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently.
You could also try to choose products that eliminate new waste from being generated or with minimal packaging.
Reuse materials in an innovative way
When purchasing products, look for items that can be refilled or reused. Try and repair items instead of replacing them or purchase items that can be used more than once. Even if you don’t want to use them, you can always donate them to charities.
There are a number of ways to reuse materials:
Reuse glass and plastic containers
Reuse gift wrapping paper and ribbon
Buy refillable containers where possible
Use rechargeable batteries
Refill your own drink bottle
Donate unwanted clothing, furniture and whitegoods.
Recycle and compost to save natural resources
This enables the materials you throw away to be used again by making them into new products. If you can, compost your garden waste and vegetable peelings.
By recycling products, you will cause less waste to be sent to landfill.
There are a number of ways to recycle materials:
Buy products made from recycled materials
Get a compost bin or worm farm for food scraps
Recycle suitable containers
Paper and cardboard
Buy products with packaging that can be recycled.
Recovery of energy from waste
Energy recovery from waste is the conversion of non-recyclable waste materials into useable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion and landfill gas recovery.
Thermally treating waste is an opportunity to recover the energy stored within these materials. Using waste to produce energy can offset the community's use of other, non-renewable energy sources. Using waste as fuel is also a way to avoid the methane emissions that can result when waste is disposed of to landfill.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste, recyclables and organic materials after they are collected from your kerb?
You can find out on one of our FREE community tours for the City of Unley residents.
Sites visited may include but are not limited to Jeffries Group composting / Peats Soil and Composting, Adelaide Resource Recovery, VISY Recycling and Electronic Recycling Australia.
These full-day tours are scheduled twice each year in April/May and October/November and are conducted by KESAB Environmental Solutions on behalf of the City of Unley.
To register your interest in joining the next available tour please contact KESAB Environmental Solutions on (08) 8234 7255
Visit the What to put in your 3 bins webpage for a list of common items.
Do you have an item that is not listed? Visit the Which Bin website, type in your suburb and the item for disposal. You’ll find out which bin to use or alternative disposal methods.
Search on Which Bin
The City of Unley is committed to reducing and managing waste in a sustainable manner, from its own operations and the community, and to the management of waste in a sustainable manner. Council offers several options for recycling and waste disposal including kerbside collections, hard rubbish collections and a range of other services and education programs to support our community.
This work is guided by the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Plan(PDF, 2MB) which includes activities to provide innovative and responsive waste management practices that promote recycling, composting and reducing waste to landfill. It incorporates best management practices to manage the waste Council collects.
Key initiatives include:
Domestic Waste – education, re-use, reduction, organic to compost, recycling, hard rubbish
Commercial Waste – organics, construction material recycling
Council demonstrating leadership in waste management – alternate recycling options, reduction in waste from operations