By improving our knowledge of what can be recycled, how valuable resources are recovered and returned back into the circular economy and changing our purchasing decisions, we can all contribute to a more positive environmental future.
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.
- Think about ways you can reduce your waste when you work, shop and play.
- Buy only 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
Used electronic equipment contains non-renewable resources such as plastic and precious metals including gold, silver, platinum, nickel, zinc, aluminium and copper. Some can be toxic to the environment if placed in landfill, like lead, mercury, phosphorus and cadmium. These substances can leak into groundwater, contaminate the soil, and enter the food chain. when electronic items are sent to landfill, the valuable resources that were used to make those products are lost forever. This means that new electronic items will continue to require mining for the non-renewable resources they contain.
Almost 99% of the components that make up a computer can be recycled. The metal is 100% recyclable, glass 99% recyclable, and plastic (apart from very small particles) 100% recyclable. Older style televisions, containing cathode ray tubes, contain up to 4 kg of lead and other materials that can be hazardous to the environment if not recycled responsibly.
More than 90% of the components found in a mobile phone can be recycled, but there are around 22 million o f them stored unused in cupboards and drawers around Australia. If they were all recycled, the greenhouse benefits created would be equal to planting 114,000 trees and the aluminium recovered would be enough to make 1.8 million cans.
Did you know?
- There are at least 30 million mobile phone subscribers currently in Australia.
- There are more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia, that’s one old phone for every Australian.
- That’s the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of metals, minerals, plastic and glass – things that the planet desperately needs us to recycle.
- The average person replacing their mobile phone every 18-24 months.
- Mobiles should never be thrown out. They are not biodegradable, and may contain some potentially environmentally hazardous material.
- Recycling 50,000 handsets can replace the need to mine 110 tonne of gold ore, 123 tonne of silver bearing ore or 11 tonne of copper sulphide ore.
- When recycled, over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products. The materials recovered can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products.
Where to recycle your old mobiles:
Livingstone Shire Council Customer Service Centre, Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby Street, Yeppoon
Yeppoon Landfill, Corner Neil's Road and Yeppoon Road, Yeppoon
Recycling can also offer cost savings through the avoidance of landfill fees for heavy items such as white goods, and reduced energy bills through the removal of old, inefficient appliances.
As a member of the Community Recycling Network Australia, Endeavour Foundation works in partnership with the Livingstone Shire Council to operate the Tip Shop located at the Yeppoon Landfill. The Tip Shop recovers good quality items which were destined to become landfill.
Items for sale in this shop includes:
- Household items and furnishings
- Books and Toys
- Sporting equipment, and much more.
Proceeds are reinvested back into providing real possibilities for people with a disability - GRAB A BARGAIN TODAY!!!
The Yeppoon Recycle Market is located at 2745 Yeppoon Road, Barmaryee and is opened at the following times:
Wednesday - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday - 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
The last kerbside BULK collection was conducted by Livingstone Shire Council after Cyclone Marcia in 2015 - this was due to a declared Natural Disaster.
Previous to this, the last kerbside BULK collection was conducted in 2007. The participation rates were very low and cost of the service was quite high. This type of service is labour intensive and requires considerable manual handling which provides some real safety risks to workers.
How can you dispose of unwanted items?
- Council provides twelve (12) Waste Vouchers per property annually - this is for Domestic use only
- There is free disposal of recyclables, metal items, batteries and oil at Council's Waste Transfer stations and Yeppoon Landfill
- A Tip Shop is located at Yeppoon Landfill which takes unwanted goods (in good order and as confirmed for sale by Council's Contractor - Endeavour Foundation) for residents who are 'decluttering' their homes
- Donating to charities is always an option - e.g St Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army
- Sell your items on Facebook or eBay - this is a simple way to sell something, list it, upload some pictures and away you go converting your unwanted goods into cash
- Have you thought of re-purposing an item - an old toilet can become a plant holder and looks great in the garden!