Mixed Waste Bin
What goes in my mixed waste bin?
Your mixed waste bin should only be used to dispose of small household rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled.
- plate glass
- personal hygiene and medical waste (no sharps)
- disposable nappies
- scrap metal and appliances
- rope, string and electric cable
- pet droppings in a plastic bag
Still not sure what goes where? Use the Northern Rivers Waste A-Z guide to find out which bin is right for your waste item.
What can't go in my mixed waste bin?
No hazardous materials such as batteries, paint, gas cylinders, large amounts of soil or building materials
Where does it go?
The best thing we can all do is avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle our waste. To do this, follow the tips below, make sure all your organic waste goes in the green organics bin and buy products that can be recycled.
Next time you go to purchase or use a new product, ask yourself, do I really need to?
By avoiding the use of some products altogether, as a city we can reduce unnecessary product consumption, minimise increasing waste costs, and create less waste.
Avoiding Food Waste
Avoiding food waste starts with buying your food.
Use the Love Food Hate Waste serving size calculator to help you cook the appropriate amount of food. The Love Food Hate Waste website also provides a number of recipes for your leftovers. It is important to store your food correctly to help it stay fresher for longer. If you have too much food, consider freezing or preserving. Some residents are already making changes to their food habits and have noticed a reduction in their grocery bill.
Other actions that can make a real difference include:
- Refuse plastic shopping bags – take your own bags or better yet, use your hands where possible for a small number of items!
- Refuse Junk Mail – simply put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign on your letterbox to reduce paper waste.
- Choose fresh instead of overly packaged foods
- Avoid disposable cups and plates.
- Buy rechargeable batteries.
What other ideas do you have for avoiding waste? Let us know!
Avoiding the use of products is not always possible but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit to help the environment, reduce the pressure on our tip and save your hip pocket. If we all reduce the amount we use, it will help make a difference to our landfills. Always remember, less is more!
Simple solutions for you to reduce your use include:
- Freeze leftover food and meals instead of throwing them out. They come in very handy when you don’t feel like cooking or you get home late.
- Buy reusable items instead of disposable ones, such as shavers and nappies.
- Buy refills where possible. You’d be surprised how many products that you can now refill, rather than buy straight out. Common refill items include printer cartridges, air fresheners and soap dispensers.
- Buy in bulk. The more you buy in one go, the less packaging is required in the long term. Bulk items are becoming increasingly popular and include washing powder, cereal, sugar and pet food. Be careful not to buy too many perishable items in bulk, as this can lead to extra waste if they deteriorate before you use them.
- Buy concentrates rather than diluted products. By buying concentrates, not only do you reduce the amount of packaging required but also the amount of product used. Concentrates come in all varieties and include washing up liquid, washing powder and cordial.
- Use durable goods such as furniture for longer. Rather than buying a new product, why not consider repairing your existing one?
- Start a vegetable garden. Not only will you avoid unnecessary processing and packaging of foods but also, no transport emissions will be created in getting the fresh, flavoursome food from your garden patch and onto your plate.
What are some of the other ways you know of to reduce waste? Let us know so we can add to this list.
You could be pleasantly surprised by how many products are marketed as disposable that may have the potential for reuse. Of course, we don't encourage use of products that clearly state to disregard after use, but these common household items can be re-used before heading to the bin:
- Try taking your own coffee mug to your local coffee shop rather than having to use a disposable cup
- Use old towels and clothes to start your own cost-effective rag bag for your next spring clean
- Next time you want to get rid of some unwanted products, why not host a garage sale? Or vice versa go shopping for second hand goods before purchasing new ones
- If you are replacing a durable good, such as a fridge or couch, why not donate your existing goods to a charity? That way more people can benefit from your new purchase
- Looking for ideas on how to reuse yummy food leftovers? Go to Love Food Hate Waste