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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:

  • purchasing less
  • using a compost bin or worm farm for all fruit and vegetable scraps and garden waste
  • saying no to plastic bags and using reusable bags instead - reusable fruit and vegetable bags are also available
  • choosing to buy the item with the least amount of packaging or packaging that is recyclable
  • avoiding disposable products and buying products which are durable, reusable and recyclable
  • repairing instead of replacing
  • reducing your resource and energy usage
  • buying products in bulk or concentrated form to reduce packaging


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

  • Take re-useable bags when you go shopping.
  • Glass jars can be reused as storage containers for food in your pantry.
  • Cardboard boxes can be used more than once.
  • Carpet that is in good condition, can be reused around the house as door mats or inside dog kennels. Felt underlay can be used on the garden or composted.
  • Old bricks can be reused as edging for gardens.
  • Old clothes, once worn out, can be used for cleaning or dusting.
  • Refill containers rather than replacing them, for example, use old plastic containers as drink bottles.
  • 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:

  • paper products like toilet paper and tissues made from recycled clean office paper
  • 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 - available in your local supermarket
  • compost bins and worm farms that contain recycled plastic
  • recycled rubber computer mouse mats
  • car parts
  • recycled plastic playground equipment
  • concrete
  • recycled plastic office equipment

Many recycled products can be found in your local supermarket.