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How can we minimise our waste production? - The Waste Hierarchy    

Following the waste hierarchy is a fundamental step in decreasing waste production. It is important to deal with waste in the correct order of preference to ensure that every step is being taken to minimise waste and its effect on the environment.  
Waste Hierarchy

  1. Avoid – Avoid creating waste all together
  2. Reduce – Making less waste
  3. Reuse – Use items more than once
  4. Recycle – Materials are reprocessed into new items
  5. Dispose – Disposal of waste into landfill.  Only send to landfill what cannot be reused or recycled.

For more information see Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

We all need to do our part!

We all have a responsibility to minimise the waste that we produce due to the ongoing long-term effects it has on our environment.

Council is committed to increasing the level of recycling within the Region, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, ensuring responsible management of waste facilities, and limiting the cost of waste management to residents as much as possible.

You can make a difference by:

  • Reducing the amount of waste you create (eg. take reusable bags shopping, buy in bulk to reduce packaging)
  • Purchasing products that can be used over again rather than disposable products
  • Creating a compost bin to put all food scraps, shredded paper, lawn and garden clippings
  • Recycling as much as possible


There are many ways to reduce your waste and recycle waste that cannot be avoided.  See the Related Articles for ways you can get involved.

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