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Your checklist for reducing waste

  • Use this quick and easy checklist to help reduce your waste at home.
  • Make sure that you have a separate recycling bin in your kitchen so that you put your rubbish in the right bins at home. This can be as simple as a cardboard box.
  • When putting your recyclables in the council recycling bin make sure it’s not enclosed in a plastic bag.
  • Store food in reusable containers in the fridge and pantry rather than wrapping them in food wrap. This will reduce your household waste and keep your food fresher for longer.
  • Take a reusable bag with you when you go shopping. If you do need to use plastic shopping bags make sure you recycle them on your next visit.
  • Instead of sending food scraps to landfill, where appropriate save them for your pets or your neighbour’s pets.
  • Set up your own kitchen garden with herb pots on your window sill or your own vegetable garden to help reduce your food packaging waste.
  • Set up a compost bin or worm farm to reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill and to create fertiliser for your garden.
  • Instead of throwing your clothes away donate them to a local charity.
  • Get crafty by repairing or refurbishing old items before throwing them away.

Further ways to reduce waste

Plastic bags

Since April 2008, all Bunnings Warehouse stores across Australia and New Zealand have removed plastic shopping bags for customer use. We encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags into store or they have the choice of a range of woven bags and cardboard boxes for use where required.

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