The average household in PAE produces 520 kilograms of general waste annually, and this weight may increase as people are spending more time at home.
We’re encouraging everyone to rethink their waste, by avoiding and reducing the amount of waste generated, and reusing and repurposing items that might have typically found their way to landfill. To avoid and reduce, consider putting a “No Junk Mail” sticker on your letter box, taking your own bags when shopping and opting to buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging and single use plastic you use.
To reuse and repurpose items, consider how you can take items you no longer use and give them a new life. This could mean repairing and altering clothes, using jars to store rice, flour, herbs or coins, or using single side printed paper for notes or shopping lists. Make sure you are using your yellow kerbside bin for any material that can be remanufactured into new products.
Your yellow recycling bins accepts glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, rigid plastic bottles and containers, metal and plastic lids placed inside a larger metal or plastic container.
The largest proportion of waste thrown out by households is organic waste (food waste and garden waste). Use your green bin for food waste and garden organic waste, which includes fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, eggshells, dairy, coffee grounds and teabags, soiled pizza boxes, tissues and paper towel, grass clippings, branches and leaves, flowers and sawdust.
Using your blue lidded landfill bin is the last option.
Not sure which bin to put it in? Visit the Which Bin website www.whichbin.sa.gov.au