Decisions about what we purchase, how often and what we store or re-use make a major impact on avoiding disposal
Can something be reused, either having a different purpose in your household or can someone else find a use for it?
Follow your local council's system of separating your rubbish into the right bins and take other items to drop-off centres
Home composting is a great way to recover organic wastes from the kitchen and garden
Disposal is a last resort for waste and the cost is increasing. Consider all your other options before disposing of the item
Decisions in terms of purchasing, administration and production systems can all avoid creating waste
Reuse of unwanted items either for different applications or by others can contribute to waste reduction and may reduce costs
Recycling at work is a way to save costs and help the environment and demonstrates commitment to corporate social responsibility
Energy or resource recovery can result in benefits often resulting in cost savings
All levels of government need to lead by example. This extends to procurement procedures and maximising re-use of resources
By ensuring surplus items and materials are reused, the whole of government can reduce cost and show how resources can be conserved
Governments can use common user agreements to lower waste production in terms of goods and services
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The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have developed a Green Star rating tool for waste management credit.