Waste Ops

How To Wipe Out
Waste!

Over the past decade, the total volume of waste generated in Australia has nearly doubled from 22.7 million tonnes in 1996-97 to 43.8 million tonnes in 2006-07.

The best way to reduce the large amount of general waste is for each of us to do our part and reduce the amount of waste you dispose every day.

As a part of the Waste Ops training program, here is the not so top secret tips to help wipe the waste out of your life and encourage the good samaritans around you to do the same!

Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute. Around the world, we use and throw away 1 trillion every year.

YOUR MISSION

BYOB. Bring your own (re-useable) bag. Whether you’re helping your parents out with groceries or bringing your lunch to school bring your own bag to limit the plastic you use.

We throw away millions of tons of office paper every year. That’s a whole load of people printing stuff they don’t need, photocopying bodyparts, not using print preview or accidentally printing duplicate copies.

YOUR MISSION

Stop and think – do I really need to print this? If so, print double sided and keep the extras to a minimum.

In Australia, we bin 2.7 million disposable coffee cups a day. That’s nearly 1 billion a year, generating over 7,000 tonnes of waste – it’s insane.

YOUR MISSION

Get a reusable cup. Some cafes even give you a discount if you have one. Yew!

Some 100 billion disposable pieces of plastic cutlery are used and thrown out every year. Parts of the ocean are turning into a plastic soup. That’s because of single use and disposable plastics. The culprits? Takeaway containers, water bottles, straws, plastic bags and plastic cups.

YOUR MISSION

Say no to bags, extra napkins and cutlery. If you’re going home or to work to eat your takeaway, use the cutlery there. If you’re shopping for clothes reduce the amount of bags you use by bring your own reusable bag or doubling up and using one bag for everything.

Water has to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us. This creates over 60,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year in Australia alone. What makes it more crazy is that we could just get it from the tap!

YOUR MISSION

Buy a water bottle and take it everywhere you go. Refill it at cafes, restaurants or parks. It’s unbelievably easy to take care of this one.

Composting is probably the most important step of all. You’ll find that most of the food you throw away on a day to day basis can be composted. All you have to do is place your ‘green’ scraps into the bin and let it biodegrade! Whereas, when placed in landfill, food breaks down and generates methane, which is dangerous to the environment and affects the ozone layer.

YOUR MISSION

Instead of throwing away your unwanted food, compost it. It’s that simple. Don’t have a compost bin? Learn how to make one here:

Throw a can of Coke in a non-recycling bin and the can will spend the next 200 years decomposing (or not) in landfill. Recycle it and you save enough energy to power a TV for three hours.

YOUR MISSION

If you’re out and wanting to throw away something recyclable, hold it and wait until you come across a recycling bin. There’s enough around the place, so hold your horses you trigger happy throw away-er.

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