How to fight the war on waste from home

You can help create a cleaner, greener Melbourne while you stay home.

From welcoming worms into your family to brushing up on what goes in what bin, now’s the time to reflect on how you manage your waste, start great new habits, and get the whole family in on the action.

Here are a few simple ways to get started:

1. Take steps towards low-waste living

The most powerful thing we can do is to stop creating so much waste in the first place. This includes only buying what you really need, and reducing food waste by cooking creatively with what you already have in your pantry.

There are so many items that we use for only a few minutes that end up in landfill and linger in the environment for thousands of years.

Spending more time at home might be making you think more about what you really need in life, and what you can do without. Be inspired by zero-waste living expert Erin Rhoads.

2. Learn how to recycle like a pro

Do you really know what can go in your garbage bin, what can go in your recycling bin, and recycling options for other items? Now’s the time to brush up on your bin knowledge.

Despite Melburnians being avid recyclers, research suggests that our rubbish bins are full of recyclables that are unfortunately being sent to landfill – 300,000 wheelie bins worth each week.

You can help by separating recyclable material and green waste from other waste material.

3. Start home composting

Did you know food waste and organics account for more than half of household waste?

City of Melbourne residents can get up to 50% off a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bucket thanks to our partnership with Compost Revolution (home delivery is available).

To place your order, and find out how recycling your food scraps reduces your carbon footprint and creates rich soil and fertiliser, head to the Compost Revolution website.

To find out more, visit 7 top tips to reduce your waste, and How to compost against climate change.

Kids’ corner

If you are home-schooling your children at the moment, composting, worm farming and growing your own veggies could be great environmental or science projects.

There are even solutions for apartment-living – so get the kids researching. Get started by finding out what worms like to eat over at Home composting.