Following ABC's recent "War on Waste" television series, we wanted to know more about what everyday people do to reduce the amount of waste their households produce. We asked you what you thought, how easy it is to do, and what difference you feel you are making.
The program certainly had an impact, and uncovered some strong feelings about recycling and waste reduction. Clearly it tapped into an issue that for many is extremely important.
“Oooooooh.........I love this Topic and have been waiting for a hearty Discussion in which I can contribute and voice My opinion......!!!!"
For most, reducing waste is an everyday routine. Whether it's making good use of council recycling bins, taking re-usable bags to the supermarket, or using a worm-farm to dispose of food scraps, minimising waste is already well-ingrained in many people's households.
“I recycle everything I can. I buy clothes from op shops & donate my old ones. I renovate furniture, don't buy new things. & have things repaired, not thrown out to buy new ones"
However it's not always an easy thing to do. With time pressures and confusion about what can and can't be recycled, good intentions do not always translate into action. Doing the right thing takes organisation and dedication.
"I was very pro-active changing things around in my recycling habits but soon fell back into my old ways."
"I believe it is a matter of commitment. Once the mind is made up, then it is simply a matter of organisation & then sticking to a routine."
The biggest issue when it comes to reducing waste is that while people are doing what they can, the biggest contributors – large companies – are not pulling their weight. Through excess packaging, disposal of excess food, or other wasteful business practices, corporate Australia is seen to be ignoring the war on waste.
"Why does it always have to go back to the individual to try and make a difference, when it is really the fault of the manufacturers. They choose the cheapest packaging and always supply small packs of everything nothing in bulk."
"As usual is it is the big players; governments, big business, supermarket giants, fast food chains, etc, who make a massive impact and create a huge amount of waste but whose only concern is the bottom line who need to take more action, or be forced to take more action."
So it seems that Australians are already fighting this war and they want companies to join them in the battle, but they aren't listening. The question that we should be asking corporate Australia is this: what are you doing to join your customers in fighting the war on waste?
Last reply: 30th Dec 2017 /
6 replies /
Post by Cafestudy Admin
I always always say no to plastic bags these days. I have my own recycled bags for the normal groceries and for the cold items. Even if I go to the chemist I won't use their bags. Fruit and veg I put straight into an environmentally friendly bag so I think I've made a good start Reply
Posted by: BILL
Posted: 16th Sep 2017
I no longer wrap garbage in plastic bags. I pick up the dog poo with a plastic bag and put the poo straight into the garbage tin unwrapped. I hardly throw out any rubbish into the garbage bin .I recycle most things that can be recycled and any green waste I put into the green waste bin . I also collect clothing I find on the street and donate it to Diabetes Australia. It takes very little effort to sort recyclable materials from food waste and green waste.
In places in Europe like Germany , households have several bins for recyclable material . There is a separate bin for green glass ,brown glass and clear glass. Also in Japan there are separate bins in places like the castle at Kanazawa for people to put recyclable materials. There is even a man sitting near the bins at Kanazawa to make sure tourists put things in the right bin. In Holland there is a zero waste policy.
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Posted by: jtmorri
Posted: 18th Sep 2017
I don't buy packaged snacks, chocolates, lollies, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits. I often leave shops without a bag. We eat a lot of fresh produce. Any plastic bags we do get I repurpose in the bin as a liner. Reply
Posted by: chickenman
Posted: 31st Oct 2017
society is itself a major cause of waste; not much can be recycled anymore, can't even trade-in old items. ( tv , computer , printers etc. ) we have become a throw-away society. plastic bags , plastic bottles, plastic cutlery and "crockery", etc. and to find and get items to places that do reuse them is sometimes a mission in itself. Reply
Posted by: anglesea
Posted: 12th Nov 2017
I feel terribly guilty not doing very much at all. We still buy too much, still get too much in the way of excess packaging and still waste food. On my to do list Reply
Posted by: Bula Fiji
Posted: 30th Dec 2017
Bula Fiji says:
We were already a waste conscious household with 2 worm farms, 2 rotary compost bins and a commitment to the council recycling collection. However the program caused us to go out and buy keep cups for our take away coffees, and we have started a new commitment to storing and then returning weekly every scrap of soft plastic to Coles or woolworths. I was very disturbed by craig's tracking device in the soft plastics that ended up in landfill and for that reason I favour shopping at woolworths over Coles. I am also buying "seconds" type fruit and veggies wherever I can to demonstrate that our household does not demand restricted aesthetic standards for our produce. This is more wallet friendly as well. Whilst I agree that the large businesses are creating mountains of waste without taking any responsibility for addressing the problem, I don't want this to be an excuse for individuals not to do what they can. Plus individuals can vote with their feet away from the major polluters like McDonald's, hungry jacks, etc. We live in the country and I'm seriously tired of seeing the branded rubbish on the roadside. Reply
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