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Reducing waste

Adopt sustainable behaviours and purchasing habits to reduce your waste

One way that you can reduce the amount of waste you create is to pay more attention to how you buy and consume products. By thinking about what you buy and where you buy it from, you can reduce the amount of waste you create every day.

On the Zero Carbon Moreland website we have a Zero Waste section. This section has information to help you adopt more sustainable purchasing habits. You can find tips on avoiding general waste and food waste, and where you can repair, reuse, borrow, and swap items.

Go to our compost bins and worm farms page to find out about composting and discounted composting equipment.

Go to our Recycling A to Z page for a list of sustainable ways to dispose of a range of household items.

    • only buy what you need, make a shopping list and stick to it
    • say no to single-use items (coffee cups, straws, bottled water, plastic bags)
    • buy products with less packaging or recyclable packaging
    • buy in bulk, and refill and reuse containers
    • buy second hand or swap goods
    • repair rather than replace
    • buy products made from recycled materials
    • buy products that last and can be repaired, which is often cheaper in the long-run
    • choose energy and water efficient products
    • take reusable bags when you go shopping
    • compost your food scraps and green waste at home, or use Council’s Food and Garden Organics Bin 
    • responsibly recycle and dispose of household and office items
  • Give away or sell your unwanted goods, find secondhand items for free, swap and share goods and services to reduce waste to landfill and save resources.

    There are now several websites and online groups to help keep quality, used items circulating, share skills, save money and reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

    • Facebook hosts local area Buy, Swap, Sell and free goods groups for the exchange of goods locally.
    • Ziilch is a website for donating and finding free secondhand goods. Notifications are only sent for items you are interested in.
    • You can also sell goods online at Gumtree and Ebay or find a local Good Karma network on Facebook.
    • Freecycle is an online email network for donating and finding free secondhand goods with local groups around the world.
  • Take your broken household goods to a Repair Cafe to have them mended rather than send them to landfill.

    The Brunswick Tool Library hosts regular Repair Cafes where you can take a range of items that you can carry in, such as electrical appliances, toys, clothing, bicycles and furniture to have them repaired or learn how to repair and maintain them yourself.

    For information about upcoming Repair Cafes visit the Brunswick Tool Library website or follow them on Facebook

    The Brunswick Tool Library is a volunteer-led initiative that provides the tools and education needed to repair and care for your home and belongings. To find out about becoming a member or volunteer, visit the Brunswick Tool Library website.

  • Why buy something new when you can borrow it? Borrowing saves money and reduces the resources involved and emissions generated by producing new items. There are many goods libraries in Moreland or nearby that you can access.

    • Brunswick Tool Library loans tools for a wide range of projects as part of an annual membership. They also run workshops and have a monthly repair café.
    • Borrow My Esky is a community library for camping & outdoor equipment.
    • Carlton Kitchen Library offers the local community an opportunity to loan kitchen appliances and equipment to support their latest cooking project, program or event.
    • Toy Libraries offer services from two locations, Brunswick West and Pascoe Vale.
    • The Library of Cake Tins 3031 is a free hire library – you can loan a tin or donate a tin to the collection.
    • Coburg Reduce Reuse Recycle is a Facebook group allowing locals to rehome unwanted items and share resources.
  • Many charitable organisations in Moreland will accept quality second-hand furniture, clothing, books and household items in good condition.

    Make your donation count by doing the right thing when you donate goods. Charities spend millions of dollars every year disposing of goods that have been dumped out of hours or are unfit for resale.

    Drop off goods at the store

    Drop off your donation during store opening hours. Do not leave bags, furniture or other items outside a charity shop when it is closed, or next to a charity bin. It is illegal and you could be reported and fined for illegally dumping rubbish.

    Drop off goods at a charity bin

    If you are unable to drop off goods during store opening hours you can drop items off at a charity donation bin. Not all donation bins are operated by a registered charitable recycler. To make your donation count ensure it is clean, able to be reused and accepted by the charity operating the charity bin.

    Have goods collected from your home

    Brotherhood of St Laurence
    Brotherhood of St Laurence collects any household furniture in reasonable condition. They do not collect damaged furniture or electrical items.

    Brotherhood of St Laurence reserves the right to decide on the quality of the furniture at the time of collection. To arrange a collection please phone 1300 366 283 or email Brotherhood of St Laurence Collections.

    Diabetes Australia - Victoria
    Diabetes Australia - Victoria collects clothing, shoes, home wares, small electrical appliances, books, toys and kitchen utensils from your doorstep within 3 working days of making an online booking. All items must be light enough to be lifted by one person.

    Alternatively you can drop your items off at a Savers Store.

    St Vincent De Paul Society of Victoria
    St Vincent De Paul Society of Victoria can collect household furniture in reasonable condition. They do not collect damaged furniture, stained mattresses or electrical items.

    St Vincent De Paul Society Victoria reserves the right to decide on the quality of the furniture at the time of collection. To arrange a collection please send an email or phone 1800 621 349.

  • When you want to buy something new and you’re sure you really need it, buy sustainable. Buying green means choosing products that cause less damage to the environment and human health at all stages of their life including raw material extraction, production, use and disposal.

    Sustainable (or ‘green’) products include:

    • recycled content products
    • greenhouse friendly products: products that save energy and therefore reduce greenhouse gases, when compared to a similar product
    • certified green power, and
    • products that help save water when compared to a similar product, which are non-toxic or otherwise “green.”

    Visit the Ethical Consumer Guide for information on green and socially responsible purchasing.

  • Every product has a life-cycle that has the following stages:

    • raw material extraction
    • manufacturing
    • transportation
    • packaging
    • use
    • end of life disposal

    This is a “cradle to grave” product life-cycle. The grave for many products is landfill. But interest in recycling items or materials to make new products is growing. By buying items made from recycled materials we can support a circular economy. A sustainable economy responsibly manages our resources. Go to the Victorian Government's website to find out more about their 10 year plan and circular economy policy.

    You can reduce waste by purchasing products that support the circular economy. Ask yourself the following questions before you buy, so that you choose a sustainable option.

    • Did materials need to be mined to produce this product? If so, where were they mined?
    • Where was this product assembled and how far has it traveled?
    • How has this product been packaged?
    • How long is this product intended to last? Has it been designed to be repaired or disposed of?
    • Can it be recycled in Australia when it reaches the end of it's life?

    You can find resources and information about the environmental impacts of everyday items on The Story of Stuff website.

Get involved with sustainability events

We run events each year that provide information about sustainability. Visit our What's On page to find out about upcoming sustainability events.

  • Detox your Home is a free and convenient service for households to safely dispose of unwanted toxic chemicals.

    Free events are held across Victoria to provide you with a local and accessible option to safely dispose of unwanted toxic household chemicals.

    Upcoming Detox Your Home collection events near Moreland

    The next Detox your Home collections near Moreland will be:

    • Clifton Hill - Saturday 24th July, 9AM -2PM

    You must register to attend Detox your Home events. The address for the event will be provided when you register.

    You can receive updates on this program by subscribing to the Sustainability Victoria Detox your Home newsletter.

    Learn more about Detox your home

  • Clean Up Australia Day is Australia's largest annual community-based environmental event. Each year thousands of volunteers collect rubbish from parks, waterways, nature reserves and bushland across Australia.

    How to get invovled

  • Plastic Free July is an annual worldwide campaign asking people to take the challenge to reduce single-use plastic over a month. Council asks residents to take the challenge to reduce single-use plastic each year.

    You may not have thought about your plastic waste before, you may have been wanting to do it but not sure how to start, or you may be further along the journey and wanting to make a larger commitment. It does not even have to be July for you to pledge to reduce plastic in your life. Wherever you are on your journey to reduce plastic waste we support and congratulate you.

    By 2025, if we don’t change things, there will be one piece of plastic in the ocean for every three fish. It’s time to make a change! Pledge to reduce single-use plastic in your life.

  • Buy second-hand and reduce your waste. Garage Sale Trail is one big day of Garage Sales happening right across Australia, and online.

    Further information

    Garage Sale Trail

  • We have partnered with Boomerang Alliance to support food retail businesses reduce single-use plastic packaging including coffee cups, takeaway containers and straws.

    The four-month trial started in March and will run till June 2021. 27 food businesses in the Brunswick and Coburg Sydney Road shopping precincts are taking part in the trial. Businesses receive tailored advice and support to identify and implement environmentally responsible and cost-effective single-use packaging alternatives.

    Plastic Free Sydney Road is part of the national Plastic Free Places program, run by Boomerang Alliance. These programs have successfully eliminated over 6 million plastic items from businesses across Australia.

    Partipating Businesses:

    Brunswick

    • Baba Hawker
    • Balha's Pastry
    • Bertoncello
    • Capulus & Co
    • Choukette
    • Culture Club
    • Curry King
    • Gloria
    • Green Acre Pizza Bar
    • Home One
    • Icecream Social  
    • Lagom Gelateria
    • ONA Coffee
    • Ray's Cafe
    • Small Axe
    • Small Axe Deli
    • Three Hands Cafe
    • Wholefoods Unwrapped Collective

    Coburg

    • 4 Blend Cafe
    • Afghan charcoal kebab
    • Astro cafe
    • Flirting Shadows
    • Half Moon Cafe
    • Melbourne Kebab Station
    • The Boot Factory
    • The Deli Coburg
    • The Eastern Bloc
    • True North
    • Zataar

    For more information about the trial please email WasteProjects@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9240 1111.

Plastic Free Sydney Road 

We have partnered with Boomerang Alliance to support food retail businesses reduce single-use plastic packaging including coffee cups, takeaway containers and straws.

The 6-month trial started in March and will run till August 2021. 29 food businesses in the Brunswick and Coburg Sydney Road shopping precincts are taking part in the trial. Businesses receive tailored advice and support to identify and implement environmentally responsible and cost-effective single-use packaging alternatives.

Plastic Free Sydney Road is part of the national Plastic Free Places program, run by Boomerang Alliance. These programs have successfully eliminated over 6 million plastic items from businesses across Australia.

Partipating Businesses in Brunswick

  • Baba Hawker
  • Balha's Pastry
  • Bertoncello
  • Capulus & Co
  • Choukette
  • Culture Club
  • Curry King
  • Gloria
  • Green Acre Pizza Bar
  • Home One
  • Icecream Social  
  • Lagom Gelateria
  • ONA Coffee
  • Ray's Cafe
  • Small Axe
  • Small Axe Deli
  • Three Hands Cafe
  • Wholefoods Unwrapped Collective

Partipating Businesses in Coburg

  • 4 Blend Cafe
  • Afghan charcoal kebab
  • Astro cafe
  • Flirting Shadows
  • Half Moon Cafe
  • Melbourne Kebab Station
  • The Boot Factory
  • The Deli Coburg
  • The Eastern Bloc
  • True North
  • Zataar

For more information about the trial please email WasteProjects@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9240 1111.