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Tips to Save Money, Reduce Waste

All general household waste collected in Mosman is now taken to Artarmon transfer station where it is then hauled to a landfill in Lucas Heights.

Waste disposal is a significant cost to all residents. Reducing your waste to landfill is important to reducing disposal costs and to improve outcomes with the environment.

Try these smart tips to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Smart Shopping

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  • Rethink your purchases – only buy what you really need.
  • Avoid excessive packaging, try to buy items with recycled packaging.
  • Say NO to plastic shopping bags – use cardboard boxes or cloth bags.
  • Buying bulk is often cheaper – don’t always buy single serve products.
  • Buy reusable items instead of disposable products such as plastic and paper plates.
  • Choose products with recycled content, such as recycled paper.

Composting and Worm Farming

Instead of throwing out organic material such as food scraps, garden clippings, tea bags, coffee grounds, vacuum dust, soiled paper, cardboard and sawdust, consider composting or worm farming.

Both are a great way to make garden fertiliser for gardens and pot plants, while reducing waste that goes to landfill.

Check out Compost Revolution- link.

Please visit Compost Bins and Worm Farms to learn more about it.

Reducing Food Waste

Mosman Council has partnered with the NSW EPA to raise awareness among our community about the impact of the food we waste each week.

Recent audits reveal local households have an average of 38% food waste in their red lidded bin. Much of this waste is edible and is costing the average household approximately $1000 a year. Less food waste in your bin also leads to less daily odour and better overall environmental outcomes for the world we live in.

A few tips to get you started:

  • Plan your meals in advance
  • Prepare a shopping list
  • Cook less
  • Store your food appropriately

For further details and fabulous recipes go to Love Food Hate Waste .

Top celeb chefs give their advice on how to cut back on food waste – from Love Food Hate Waste

Find out more about how to reduce food waste:

  • FoodWise – an Australian campaign to help people become food wise

Reuse It

Don’t throw things away – someone else might be able to put it to good service.

  • Consider offering goods to neighbours, friends or family members.
  • Many charities accept clean and presentable goods including furniture and clothing.
  • Second-hand traders will accept goods in a saleable condition.
  • Reverse Garbage , located at the Addison Road Community Centre Marrickville, is a not-for-profit co-operative that sells industrial discards, off-cuts and over-runs to the public for creative and practical uses, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • The Bower is an award winning environmental charity and a centre for reuse and repair.
    The Centre offers services and programmes all based on reuse and repair including offering a pickup service for used, quality furniture (conditions apply).

Natural Cleaning at Home

Many cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm the environment and human health. To green clean your home, just follow these principles:

  • Reduce the use of cleaners, and only buy what you need.
  • Reusable cloths can do the job just as well as disposable cleaning cloths.
  • Read the labels and choose the safest cleaning product available.

To clean your house safely, you only need a few basic products from any supermarket.

  • Bicarbonate of soda – cleans, deodorises and softens water. It’s also a good scouring powder for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
  • White vinegar – cuts grease, and is a deodoriser and a mild disinfectant. It is great for cleaning windows.
  • Pure soap – a biodegradable general purpose cleaner.
  • Lemon juice – a mild bleach, a deodorant and a cleaning agent.
  • Washing soda – cuts grease and removes stains.

You can find more information on natural cleaning at Moss House.