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The strategy has a range of priorities and actions that councils, Kimbriki and SHOROC can take to help us all take responsibility for our waste, and do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle and rethink our decisions. 

Produce less waste

only buy what you need

Priorities:
  • Engage the community to encourage behaviour change to avoid and reduce waste
  • Advocate for greater producer responsibility

 Did you know?

Each of us throws away around 200 kg of packaging waste each year.

We throw away up to 20% of the food we  purchase = 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries we buy.

Increase recycling

recycle right

Priorities:
  • Engage the community to increase kerbside recycling and decrease contamination
  • Work with state and federal governments and industry associations to facilitate improved recycling practices and recycling infrastructure in businesses
  • Ensure councils’ policies and processes support sustainable waste solutions for business

Did you know?

125 plastic milk bottles can make one 140 litre wheelie bin.

Paper recycling by SHOROC residents saves about 250,000 trees each year.

17.5 million steel cans are recycled every week in Australia – enough steel to build 900 new cars.

Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to run a computer for 25 minutes.

Make disposal of problem wastes easier

no problem waste in bins

Priority:
  • Engage with householders to correctly dispose of problem wastes

Did you know?

Almost 98 per cent of all fluorescent lights are crushed into landfill in Australia. That’s over 1,100 kg of mercury that contaminates our environment each year. They could be recycled saving 13,000 tonnes of glass, 500 tonnes of aluminium, and 400 tonnes of other metals.

About 345 million household batteries are purchased in Australia every year and less than 6% are recycled – most end up in household garbage then landfill where they can harm the environment and human health.

 

Keep public places clean – reduce litter and illegal dumping

keep it clean

Priorities:
  • Improve amenity and reduce the environmental impact of illegal dumping
  • Reduce the incidence of littering through preventative measures at litter hotspots
  • Continue to clean up existing litter and maintain public places to improve amenity and the environment

 Did you know?

Household wastes – furniture, fridges and mattresses- are the most commonly dumped waste in NSW.

95 per cent of the litter on our beaches comes from suburban streets, down the street drains.

About 1.15 million dogs live in NSW and produce over 280 tonnes of dog poo each day. Just 28 grams of dog poo contains 23 million microorganisms of bacteria – nearly twice that of human waste.

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