The existence of waste is an indicator of inefficiency in the human economy. We extract from nature to create billions of tonnes of things which we use once, then bury or pump them out to sea - and pay money for each of these stages! As individuals we can learn to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle, with the journey ending with zero waste... nature's finest.
EXPLORE ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WASTE
Replicating nature's nutrient cycle by creating closed loops for the recycling and reuse of those man-made (technical) elements of our consumption delivers efficiency, reduces cost and resource use, and protects the environment.
The average Australian household wastes more than $1,000 every year purchasing items they never use. So use what you buy, buy less and save.
By passing your second-hand or unused goods on to someone who will use them, you are both reducing the environmental resources required to satisfy our consumption as well as helping others.
Renovating or demolishing a house to build a new one generates up to 200 tonnes of 'waste', but around 80 per cent of this material could be re-used or recycled, saving vast quantities of energy, water, resources and money.
Time and paper are precious resources. Junk mail, email spam and unsolicited phone calls waste both time and paper, so let's get rid of them!
There is no waste in nature – everything is cycled and recycled through the system. Humans, however, too often use natural resources with a ‘cradle to grave’ rather than a 'cradle to cradle' mentality. We create enough waste to fill a football stadium every few months! The waste we create ends up in our landfill or, worse, litters our open spaces and waterways. It’s unattractive, smelly and leaches chemicals in to our soils and waterways. If we use natural resources in a more efficient manner and focus on the total life cycle of products, we can minimise all these impacts and more.
Toxic beaches and rivers, litter and smog are all examples of waste impacting on our wellbeing. Actively trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce is part of the personal journey we need to make in order to live sustainable lives and pass a healthy, vibrant and livable planet onto our children.