Out and about

With easy access to incredible wilderness, beautiful beaches and so many other ways of enjoying the great outdoors, Tasmania is truly unique. Such unspoiled beauty needs to be protected.

What can we do to help preserve our natural environment?

Rethinking what we do with our waste when we’re out and about is one way to help minimise our footprint on the great outdoors.

Reducing the amount of waste we generate when we are out and about is an easy exercise in rethinking old habits and being aware of what we take in and out of the natural environment.

Remember, wherever you are, littering is never ok.

Camping:

  • Plan meals in advance and only buy the food you need
  • Repackage your food when camping to minimise waste
  • Check your campsite and rest areas for rubbish and spilled food
  • Carry out any sanitary (and other similar) items
  • Do not burn rubbish in hut heaters
  • Take any rubbish with you and dispose of appropriately in provided bins
  • Composting toilets can only receive your waste, toilet paper and food scraps. Anything else (including plastic) will restrict the composting process
  • Take unwanted food and clothing with you and dispose of appropriately

Car trips and holidays:

  • Carry a reusable coffee cup and drink bottle for car trips and holidays
  • Pack your reusable shopping bags
  • Plan meals and other purchases in advance to avoid buying too much
  • Avoid buying food and drinks in disposable packaging
  • Avoid using packaging such as cling film or aluminium foil
  • Pack food for the journey in a reusable container
  • Always use the council provided rubbish bins at picnic sites and parks
  • Take rubbish with you if no bins are provided

Shopping:

  • Take your reusable shopping bags
  • Plan meals and other purchases in advance to avoid buying too much
  • Avoid buying food and drinks in disposable packaging
  • Use public place recycling bins when they are available
  • Place all non-recyclable waste in the bins provided

Hazardous waste has the potential to harm you or our environment. When you are out and about on holidays, picnicking or even camping, you may come across or even generate hazardous waste items which can include oils, chemicals, old batteries, and even old computers and mobile phones.

It is not permitted and can also be dangerous to discard hazardous waste in the general waste council-provided rubbish bins. Items that are not accepted in general rubbish collections include:

  • Agricultural chemicals and drums
  • Batteries (for example car, mobile phone or regular household batteries)
  • Cleaning and polishing chemicals
  • Motor oils (for example from cars or mowers)
  • Obsolete computer equipment, TVs (e-waste)
  • Out of date or unwanted pharmaceuticals (all medicines)
  • Pesticides and other garden chemicals
  • Petrol and kerosene
  • Solvent-based paints
  • Swimming pool or spa bath chemicals
  • Thermometers, barometers, thermostats, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes
  • Tyres

Some councils offer recycling and disposal services for some hazardous wastes. If you come across any hazardous items on your journey, contact the local council to ensure safe disposal of:

  • Car batteries
  • Computers and TVs
  • Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent globes
  • Gas cylinders
  • Household batteries
  • Paint
  • Used motor oils
  • Used cooking oil

If you are unsure if the materials you have to dispose of are hazardous, give theEPA hotline a call on 1300 135 513.

Think it’s too hard or too costly to get rid of bulky unwanted items such as fridges, cars, loads of rubbish or tyres?
Local councils are acting to stop illegal dumping, with more affordable, safe and easy disposal options than ever before.

Fridges, car bodies, loads of rubbish, tyres, green waste and other bulky items can be safely disposed or recycled – and for less than you might think.  You can find bulk waste service options in your region here.

Illegal dumping threatens the health of the environment and wildlife and can lead to long-term contamination of land, waterways and groundwater. Dumping of waste and garbage is an offence under the Litter Act 2007 and can attract court penalties.

If you find dumped waste in a public place, be a good sort and report it to the landowner – that may be your local council, Parks and Wildlife Service or other State Government department.

With more people keeping watch and reporting what they find, anyone illegally dumping waste is more likely to get caught. Read about the effective work of council regulation officers in identifying and deterring illegal dumping offences here.

Tasmanians expect to be able to recycle when out and about. If you’re an event manager, or involved in administrating events and public places, well-managed waste and recycling will enhance the profile of your event and help support your environmental goals.  Even better… see if you can achieve a zero waste event!

Here’s what you can do:

  • Nominate a waste/recycling manager
  • Write a plan and ensure everyone is familiar with the plan.  Download the free Guide to Preparing an Event Waste Management Plan
  • Establish a collection system at your event or in your public space that will adequately provide for the amount of waste you are expecting
  • Ensure all bin locations use the same bin system – rubbish and recycling next to each other and appropriately and clearly signed
  • Consider providing a cardboard skip and cooking oil drum in food service areas
  • Engage volunteers or staff to oversee placement, use and collection of bins and waste removal during the entire event
  • Ensure all bins are clearly marked with their appropriate colour codes. Your regional waste management group may have colour coded bin caps available for loan for 240L wheelie bins.

Australian Standard Bin Lid Colour Designations
Waste type Lid colour Example
General waste Red Chip packets
Recyclables Yellow Aluminium cans
Paper and cardboard Blue Newspapers
Green waste and organics Lime green Food scraps