The following information gives steps to starting your own Recycling Hub. It’s based on the knowledge and experience of the University of Tasmania’s Recycling Hubs (they call them Recycling Walls) and shared with their kind permission. Read their Recycling Wall Good Sort profile for inspiration. Step 1: About Recycling Hubs Recycling Hubs collect items which […]Read more
From buying in bulk and using your own storage containers to choosing electric razors over disposable ones – this quick reference guide is packed full of ideas to reduce waste both in and around your home! Download your own copy here and see which new ideas you can tackle next: For ways to reduce food […]Read more
The new landfill levy is a fee paid by Tasmania’s landfill operators for every tonne of waste disposed in their landfill. Waste is weighed at time of delivery and a $20/tonne fee is collected by the State Government. The Tasmanian Government’s landfill levy starts from 1 July 2022. The money raised through the levy is […]Read more
It’s no secret that our landfills are choking on waste – bad news for both our environment and the planet. The good news is, just like our household waste, we could be salvaging much of the building site waste coming from construction and demolition jobs. And, with the State Government introducing a new levy on […]Read more
Most of us do a great job utilising kerbside recycling – both at home and in our businesses. But what about those tricky items that seem, by all accounts, unrecyclable? Too often, these products (and the precious materials they contain) end up in landfill, which is bad news for our economy and the health of […]Read more
If you’re unsure what packaging can be composted, then these are the two trusted symbols to look for: Items with either of these symbols mean they have been tested and certified against the Australian Standard as 100% compostable. NOTE! This does NOT mean they are recyclable, so please DO NOT place compostable packaging in your […]Read more
They’re good sorts at Gaia’s Nest Childcare Centre…not only have they halved their landfill waste by switching to compostable nappies, wipes, gloves and bin liners but they also encourage families to drop off compost at the centre if they don’t have access to a compost bin of their own. Michelle Beakley is Director of Gaia’s […]Read more
The Local Coffeehouse in Huonville is a classic good sort kind of place. Not only does this community-minded business sort their waste for kerbside and soft plastics recycling, but they also gather handy items such as jars and egg trays and promote their reuse in the café and via the Reduce Reuse Huon Valley group. […]Read more
Mark and Ange’s energy, passion and action towards waste avoidance in Tasmania puts them firmly in the ‘good sort’ category. Four years ago they voluntarily started cleaning up litter in Bridgewater and Gagebrook after walking over the Jordan River Bridge and noticing the extraordinary amount of debris polluting the waterway. More than 250 shopping trolleys, […]Read more
The Poulton Family from Westbury are truly good sorts. The set themselves a Bread Bag Challenge: to reduce the volume of their household garbage so it fills no more than one bread bag per week. The idea came after the family of four decided to start recycling their soft plastics via REDCycle at the supermarket. […]Read more
St Mary’s College has been making positive changes to reduce its waste, with particular focus on the school canteen and the introduction of a package-free policy. Initiated by the College’s student-led sustainability group, The Footprint Project, the College is aiming to serve healthy, tasty meals while doing away with single-use products and packaging. In addition […]Read more
Meet Trish Haeusler. She’s a good sort because she’s the founder of Plastic Free Launceston, a community group dedicated to ridding the city of single use plastics. Plastic Free Launceston was started in early 2017 after identifying a need to respond to the growing concerns of plastic pollution. A Facebook page launched a community conversation […]Read more
In December 2019, Sinan decided to try and get through 2020 without buying any new clothes. At that time, he was often shopping for the sake of it, particularly online, spending and collecting new items that on hindsight, he felt he didn’t really need. A growing awareness of climate change and some research into the […]Read more
Dutchy and his work-team at Trawmanna are truly good sorts. Not only have they converted used 1.25L plastic bottles into a functional and stylish greenhouse, but they’ve also managed to salvage a wide range of materials to complete the job from a screen door, to bricks and old tent poles.Read more
With Good Sorts like Travis, Tasmania’s future is in great hands! Travis lives in northern TAS and says that when he grows up, he wants to be a Garbologist. He even dressed up as one at a recent Book Week event at his school. He’s got his family’s waste and recycling sorted and helps out […]Read more
Hydro Tasmania is a Tassie icon with inspiring ambitions to be a good sort with waste.
Across their three business arms – including Momentum Energy and Entura – they set themselves a waste diversion target of 95% by December 2021. Central to achieving that goal was finding ways to avoid generating waste from the outset, by changing the materials used and mindsets of staff in all aspects of the business from procurement policies to lunch-room operations and everything in between.
Will Plaister is an inspirational Tassie Good Sort. He has a keen eye for reusable items and a strong motivation to reduce waste across the University of Tasmania campuses.
Will and his team installed their first Recycling Wall in a central location at the Sandy Bay campus at the end of 2019 because the University wanted to provide staff and students with the option to deposit ‘difficult-to-recycle’ items which could not be placed in co-mingled recycling bins.
Women’s Health Tasmania are definite Good Sorts. They’re tackling period poverty and reducing the amount of period products and packaging that go to landfill with a sustainably smart initiative called The Undies Project. The team believe having a period shouldn’t cost the earth. An astonishing 90 – 140 kilograms of pads, tampons and applicators can […]Read more
A couple of memorable experiences prompted Susan from Huon Pride Together and her three children to take action on roadside litter.
First, as long-time participants in the Huon’s home schooler’s volunteer clean up programs, they were noticing the recurring volume of roadside litter despite their efforts. Then, while jumping out of the car after a family drive, the contents of the plastic tidy-bag on the inside car door caught the wind and scattered along the street. It was while chasing down fly-away lolly wrappers Susan had the inevitable thought… “There has to be a better way!”
Tasmania’s three regional Waste Management Groups are encouraging everyone to Step Up to Clean Up Tasmania during Australia’s biggest community based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, as the state’s environment continues to feel the effects of increased household waste and changed habits created by COVID-19.Since the pandemic began, there’s been growing numbers of single-use […]Read more
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. Some councils also offer Hard Waste Collection days or […]Read more
Households across the Cradle Coast can safely clean out old and unwanted laundry, hobby, home and garden chemicals and bring them for safe disposal at a series of Waste Transfer Station events this Spring and Summer. The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group (CCWMG) has organised drop-off events as a free service for residents. Residents from […]Read more
To be COVID safe, used Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and facemasks should be disposed of in the garbage bin.RATs and facemasks cannot be recycled in kerbside bins. Mask straps should be snipped before placing the whole item in the garbage, to reduce the risk to wildlife if the mask accidentally becomes litter. Used RATs are […]Read more