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How to reduce your rubbish

How to reduce your rubbish

You can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and protect our environment by reducing, reusing, recycling and buying recycled.


You can reduce the amount of waste you produce at home by:

  • Only buying what you need and will use
  • Using a compost bin or worm farm for all food scraps and garden waste
  • Putting a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on your letterbox
  • Taking re-useable bags when you go shopping
  • Buying loose fruit and vegetables or reusable produce bags
  • Buying food with no packaging or where you can purchase it in your own container
  • Choosing to buy items with the least amount of recyclable packaging
  • Not using disposable products at home
  • Returning soft plastic packaging to Coles or Woolworths
  • Using bubbles, flags or bunting instead of plastic balloons
  • Avoid using a straw and simply drink straight from the cup or bottle
  • Opt out of receiving phone books
  • Turn off lights and electrical appliances when not needed.


Many products and materials can be used again. For example:

  • Take re-useable bags when you go shopping
  • Drink your coffee at the cafe or use a reusable takeaway coffee cup
  • Taking your own reusable water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery
  • Use cloth handkerchiefs
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Reuse glass jars to store and freeze food
  • Cardboard boxes can be used more than once
  • For tips on how to re-use clothing, furniture and toys that are in good condition, see Donate, or sell unwanted household items.


Ensure you buy products that can be recycled, and put all acceptable recyclable items for collection in your kerbside recycling bin.

For more information about recycling household products, see how to dispose of different household items.

Benefits of recycling


  • Reuses resources rather than throwing them away - for every tonne of waste sent to landfill, many more tonnes of raw material need to be processed and manufactured to replace the materials thrown away
  • Diverts waste from landfill
  • Saves water and energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on climate change
  • Conserves natural resources such as coal, gas and oil
  • Saves money and creates jobs and businesses for the local community
  • Makes great sense for both the community and the environment

Our recycling efforts

Our municipality redirects around 1200 tonnes of recyclables from landfill every month. By doing this we save:

  • approximately 603 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions or the equivalent of removing 145 cars from the road
  • the equivalent annual household electricity requirements of 92 households
  • the equivalent of 19,876 megalitres of water
  • the equivalent landfill space of 3307 cubic meters.

Since we introduced household recycling bins in 1996, the average weekly garbage produced per household in the City of Whittlesea has been reduced by half.

Recycle in public

Shoppers can now save valuable resources by putting recyclable materials in the public place recycling bins provided at the Whittlesea, Thomastown, Lalor and Bundoora shopping precincts.

Items that can be recycled are the same as what is collected in your household recycling bin.

Buy recycled

Buying products containing recycled materials further reduces your impact on the environment.

You can buy the following products made from recycled materials:

  • mulch made from recycled organic material - available from the Green waste recycling facility
  • paper products like toilet paper and tissues made from recycled clean office paper are available in your local supermarket
  • compost bins and worm farms that contain recycled plastic
  • recycled rubber computer mouse mats
  • recycled plastic playground equipment
  • concrete

Many recycled products can be found in your local supermarket.