The Three Rs

The three 'R's of waste minimisation are reduce, reuse and recycle. By using these three actions, you can help save valuable resources from landfill.

Reduce
  • Think about ways you can reduce your waste when you work, shop and play.
  • Buy what you need and not what you want.
  • Choose products with no packaging, minimal packaging or packaging that can be reused or recycled.
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging and save money.
  • Buy quality items that will last longer, or that can be repaired or updated easily.
  • Use reusable shopping bags, to avoid using single-use plastic shopping bags.
  • Repair broken items instead of replacing them with something new.
  • Buy refills instead of products in new packaging.
  • Buy only what you need.
  • Get a 'no junk mail' sign for your letterbox.
  • Pack a 'nude food' (rubbish free) lunch using reusable containers.
Did you know?

If each Australian family used one less plastic shopping bag a week, there would be 253 million less bags used per year.1

​Reuse
  • Reuse items to extend their life and save them from being wasted in landfill.
  • Donate unwanted clothes, furniture and household goods to charities or Council's Tip Shop, and buy second-hand or pre-loved goods.
  • Borrow from friends, libraries or video stores, rather than buying new items.
  • Buy products that can be refilled or reused, such as refillable soap containers.
  • Use waste paper for scrap paper.
  • Buy, rent, sell and giveaway goods from online sites such as eBay, Gumtree, FreeCycle Australia, Yours2take and Ziilch.
  • Reuse glass and plastic containers to store food or household items.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries that can be used again and again.
Did you know?

Livingstone Shire residents have bought reusable items such as household items and furnishings, collectables, books and toys, bicycles and sporting equipment from Council's Tip Shop located at the Yeppoon Landfill. All goods are collected at Council's Tip Shop to be saved from Landfill. 

​Recycle
  • Recover valuable resources through recycling at home.
  • Paper, cardboard, glass, metal cans and tins and plastic containers can be recycled in your yellow-lid wheelie bin that is provided by Council.
  • Recycle plastic shopping bags at the Coles Supermarket located in the Keppel Bay Plaza. The designated bin is located outside of the store entrance.
  • Recycle organic waste, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, by using a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin, or by feeding leftover food scraps to pets or chickens.
  • Purchase products made from recycled content and help close the loop on recycling by supporting the recycled product market.
  • Investigate how you might recycle the many other types of household items, such as electronic waste and household appliances. Find what materials can be recycled at Council's waste facilities or through specialist services in the community.

Did you know?

About a quarter of Australians recycle their food scraps in a worm farm or compost bin.2

1,2 Planet Ark, Recycling Revolution, 2013