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Cultivate waste reduction habits

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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.

A 2005 paper by The Australia Institute (Wasteful Consumption in Australia) found that Australians waste over 10.5 billion dollars annually on goods and services that are "never or hardly ever used". The majority of this is food purchased and thrown out (over 5 billion dollars per annum). If you consider the resources (water, energy and money) we are simply tossing out, it's staggering and more than a little tragic. So we need to lift our game and become frugal, humble and respectful consumers of nature's limited resources… and we can pick up that extra thousand as we pass go, every year.

How to do it now!

Some simple ideas to get your creative processes rolling:

  • Eat all the fresh and take away food you purchase.
  • Buy a lunchbox for leftovers and take it to work.
  • Have a couple of "clear out the fridge" meals prior to the next big shop.
  • Plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what and how much you need to buy when you go grocery shopping.
  • Get better at only buying what you'll use.
  • Pause every time you go to buy clothes, shoes, etc… and ask yourself if you have used up the gear you have and if you really need another.
  • Pay off all high-interest charging credit cards and accounts to save on credit interest.
  • Go and visit an older relative and ask them how they avoid wasting things (they are often better at it than the young).

Wyong Shire Residents Waste & Recycling Services

What Waste and Recycling Services are Provided?

Council provides residents with a comprehensive waste and recycling service operated by Thiess Services. Residents are provided with:

  • Household Garbage Bin (Red Lid)
  • Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid)

In addition, residents east of the F3 Freeway are also provided with:

  • Garden Vegetation Bin (Green Lid).

For larger items residents are also provided with a bulk kerbside collection. This is for items which cannot be placed in the household garbage bin. All of these services are described in this document. For further information please contact Thiess Services on Ph: 1300 126 278.

  1. Household Garbage Bin (Red Lid)
    140 litre bin with red Lid
    Acceptable Items:

    • Food scraps
    • Plastic bags
    • Polystyrene foam
    • Disposable nappies
    • Tetra pak containers
    • Light globes and pyrex
    • Other residual waste that cannot be placed in either the Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid) or in the Garden Vegetation (Green Lid) bin.

    Comments: Put your waste bin (red lid) out every week on your normal garbage collection day. If you are unsure of your collection day, contact Thiess Services on 1300 126 278

  2. Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid)
    240 litre bin with yellow lid
    Fortnightly on alternate weeks to the garden vegetation bin.
    Acceptable Items:

    • Margarine and ice cream containers
    • Paper and cardboard products
    • Steel and aerosol cans
    • Rigid plastic containers, including lids
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Aluminium cans, clean foil and trays
    • Milk and juice cartons with gable tops

    Comments: In the Wyong Shire long-life cartons (with silver lining), shredded paper and crockery / pyrex / drinking glasses are not recyclable. Please do not place recycling in plastic bags or place other general garbage in the recycling bin. If you are not sure if something is recyclable check with Thiess Services on 1300 126 278 or the new Thiess web site

  3. Garden Vegetation Bin (Green Lid)
    240 litre bin with green lid
    Fortnightly on alternate weeks to recycling bin.
    Acceptable Items:

    • Plants and small shrubs
    • Grass clippings and leaves
    • Flowers and weeds
    • Prunings, twigs and branches
    • Timber (unpainted, untreated, no nails)

    This vegetation will be composted, so it is most important that only acceptable materials be placed inside.

    Comments: Residential properties east of the F3 Freeway have been issued with a garden vegetation bin (the one with the green lid).  Your garden vegetation bin will be emptied every fortnight on your normal garbage day.

  4. Bulk Kerbside Collection

    Description: Materials that are too bulky, too heavy or too big for the normal bins.
    Collection: Each household is entitled to six on-call kerbside collections of bulk household items, or bulk garden vegetation (placing bulk household waste and bulk garden vegetation out at the same time counts as two services).

    Acceptable Items:

    • White goods such as fridges, stoves and washing machines
    • Household appliances
    • Furniture and mattresses
    • Small car parts
    • Hot water services
    • Bagged and boxed items
    • Bric-a-brac

    Unacceptable Items:

    • Panes of glass
    • Hazardous wastes such as paints, asbestos and chemicals
    • Unwanted medicines and liquids
    • Tyres
    • Food scraps and household garbage
    • Garden vegetation
    • Items that can not be reasonably removed by two people
  5. Bulk Garden Vegetation Collection

    Acceptable Items:

    • Tree branches
    • Garden vegetation
    • Untreated timber

    Unacceptable Items:

    • Food waste
    • Chemically treated, painted or stained timber
    • Vegetation too heavy to be lifted by two people
    • Plastic bags

    Booking A Bulk Kerbside Collection

    Before placing material out for collection, phone Council’s Waste Contractor Thiess Services on 1300126 278 or visit the web site to book a kerbside collection. Booking must be made at least 2 business days in advance, otherwise the collection will occur in the following week.

    For a prompt pick-up please ensure that:

    • Only acceptable material is placed on the footpath.
    • All material is presented neatly.
    • Bulk household waste and bulk vegetation is presented in separate piles.
    • The amount of waste does not exceed 2 cubic metres or the equivalent to one box trailer load.

    Please place your material on the footpath the night before the collection day.

  6. Other Information on Waste and Recycling Services

    Ordering or Cancelling a New Bin
    To order a new bin or an additional bin or to have an existing bin removed please contact Thiess Services on 1300 126 278

    Bin Repairs
    Repairs to existing bins can be arranged by contacting Council’s Contractor, Thiess Services on 1300 126 278.

    Local Waste Management Facility
    Buttonderry Waste Management Facility is located on Hue Hue Road, Jilliby. Phone: 4353 1571. The facility is open every day of the year from 7am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 8.30am to 4.30pm (Saturday and Sunday)

  7. Recycling Special Wastes - Mobile Telephones, Paints, Chemicals, E-Waste

    Recycling Near You Directory

    The Planet Ark webpage, has general information about recycling in your local area and details of how to responsibly recycle items such as mobile telephones, chemicals, paints and similar products.

    Mobile Phones
    Mobile phones can be placed in a Mobile Muster recycling collection box in the foyer of Wyong Shire Council's administration office in Hely Street, Wyong.

    Chemicals and E-Waste
    Council conducts biannual Chemical CleanOut and E-Waste Drop off Collections in March and August each year.  Please contact Council on 4350 5555 for further information.

Why is this action important?

At the core of the environmental issues facing the world today are affluent consumers and their lack of understanding of the environmental and related costs of the things they consume. Being conscious of the social, environmental and financial implications of waste created through our own consumption decisions can better enable you to reduce these impacts – and make the world a healthy, more sustainable place!