How to Reduce Waste

There are many things you can do around the home, or at work, to minimise the amount of waste you generate and to recover valuable resources through initiatives such as composting and worm farming.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

  • Limit your use of single-use and disposable products and opt for re-usable items
  • Keep re-usable bags for your shopping
  • When buying fruit and vegetables, put them in your trolley rather than plastic bags
  • Donate unwanted clothes, household items, furniture or appliances
  • Compost your organic waste

For more ideas on reducing waste visit the Reducing Waste page


Adopt a Road

The Adopt a Road Program was implemented in an effort to improve the appearance of roadsides within the Wollondilly Shire Council area. Littering and weeds can have a negative impact on the environment, infrastructure, health and image of an area.

The Adopt a Road Program involves organisations, other than council, bearing some responsibility for the control of roadside litter.

If your company is interested in adopting a road, fill out the Adopt a Road online form or fill in the Adopt a Road downloadable form.

Contact: Manager Environmental Services (02) 4677 1100


Event Planning- Keeping Waste in Mind

A waste wise event is one that takes responsibility for Waste Management by adopting sound purchasing and packaging policies, waste and recycling collection services and clean up practices. Special events are temporary in nature and generate a high volume of disposable materials.

A waste wise event aims to divert the maximum amount of material from being sent to landfill. The Sydney 2000 experience has shown that this diversion figure can reach up to 75% by recycling cardboard, paper, food and drink containers and composting organic material such as food scraps, paper plates and biodegradable cutlery.

Contact: Waste Management Officer  (02) 4677 1100


Free SustainaDilly Workshops

Wollondilly Shire Council offers free SustainaDilly workshops or courses for residents.

Some workshops include:

  • Composting and Worm Farming
  • Cooking with Seasonal Vegetables
  • Food Preservation
  • Saving Energy and Water at Home
  • and more!

To find out workshops on offer and learn more about sustainability head to our SustainaDilly page.


Garage Sale Trail

New dates for the annual Garage Sale Trail has been set for Saturday 21st November and Sunday 22nd November 2020! For more information, head to our Sustainability page.


Waste Minimisation Initiatives


TerraCycle is an initiative which allows individuals and businesses to recycle the "un-recyclables" , allowing millions of pounds of waste be diverted from landfill and incinerators each month.

TerraCycle can collect and recycle items such as coffee capsules, pens and plastic gloves.

To find out more head to the TerraCycle website.


Freecycle Groups in NSW

FreeCycle is a nonprofit movement of individuals giving and receiving items for free in their neighbourhood. It encourages people to reduce landfill and turn their trash into someone else's treasure.

FreeCycle is free to join. For further information and to join head to the FreeCycle website.


Recycling Near You-Planet Ark

Recycling Near You provides information about what you can and can't recycle and drop off-locations to recycle a range of materials including batteries, printer cartridges and whitegoods.

For further information visit the Recycling Near You website.


Clean Up Australia Day

Started in 1989, Clean Up Australia Day encourages all Australians to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

To register for Clean Up Australia Day and find out more information visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.


Keep NSW Beautiful

With a focus on behaviour change and improving the environment, the Keep NSW Beautiful Group focuses on raising awareness of a more environmentally friendly NSW.

For further information visit the Keeping NSW Beautiful website.


Wollondilly Waste Minimisation and Resource Recovery Strategy

Wollondilly Shire Council is committed to the implementation of sustainable approaches to waste management. Environmental issues are of growing community interest and therefore Council needs to ensure that the community is well informed on Council’s strategies to minimise waste and increase resource recovery.

To read our Strategy go to Waste Minimisation and Resource Recovery Strategy