By 2020, emissions from waste are expected to account for around 4% of the ACT's emissions.
We can reduce emissions from waste by reducing the amount of waste we generate and by not putting organic waste, such as food scraps and garden waste, into landfill.
- Rot it – Start a compost, start a worm farm or use your green bin for organic scraps.
- Eat smart – Divert organic waste from landfill by shopping smart and eating leftovers.
- Avoid packaging – Take your own carry and produce bags or containers to the supermarket.
- Say no to single use plastics – Take your own straw, container or coffee cup.
- Shop smart – Choose products with less packaging and less waste at the end of the product's life.
- Share the love – Reuse things or give them to op shops, rather than sending to landfill.
- Buying second hand – Save money and extend a item's product life.
- Recycle everything you can
Did you know?
In the ACT, around 35% of the average household bin is food waste and 24% is items that could have been recycled.
Sending waste to landfill results in over 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT every year.
In Australia, the contents of one in five shopping bags end up in the bin - that's around $3,800 worth of groceries wasted per household each year.
- Actsmart provide quick tips on how you can improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at home, work and school and for information about free programs and services to help you along the way