Tips for waste minimisation

Changing one thing at a time is a great way to reduce your daily waste. You may even find you need to buy fewer rubbish bags as well! Here are some simple ideas that make a difference. Start with one and see how you go. 


Tips for waste minimisation - RefuseLook at different ways to refuse waste and put a stop to the problem before it starts. 

  • Keep your letterbox free of junk mail by putting a “No Ad Mail” sticker up. You can get these stickers for free at all Council offices and libraries. You can also sign up for an electronic mail box with Ecomailbox​. That way you'll still get all your favourite catalogues, but without the need for all that extra paper. 
  • Just say “no thanks” to single-use plastic bags when you are doing your shopping. Take a reusable bag with you instead. 
  • Sip don’t suck.  While straws may be handy the plastic they are made out of is not biodegradable. Next time you are out, don’t take a straw!



Here are some good ways to reduce the amount of rubbish you personally generate.

  • It’s all the rage to use reusable bags when doing the weekly shop. The next step is getting a couple of reusable produce bags. Just get what you need in the handy lightweight produce bags, instead of another single-use plastic bag.
  • Shop wisely by choosing products that have less packaging. Or buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you take home with you.
  • Buy one good quality lifelong item instead of ten cheaper - but not long lasting - options. For example, a classic coat that will last many seasons.

Recharge the soil

Recharge the soilGreen garden waste and food waste​ can recharge the soil.

  • Instead of throwing leftover food or garden scraps out, try a green waste collection service or get into composting it yourself. 

The Compost Collective have a step by step guide to help you get composting. 



Read more: Our services - Recycling



The most powerful thing we can do is start to rethink how we deal with our rubbish and waste.

  • Support local business who are environmentally aware and make an effort to reduce waste.
  • Share with businesses what you would like to see them sell, do or not do anymore.
  • Pause before you buy something, and consider these questions:
    • How long will it be in my life for?
    • What is it made of?  Can I recycle it?
    • What happens to it at the end of its life?
    • What packaging does it come in?
    • Do I really need it?
    • Could I borrow or rent one?

Waste hierachy

Waste hierachy
The Waipa way to deal with our waste!
  1. Re-think
  2. Refuse
  3. Reduce
Then we can try any of these great ways to stop waste going to landfill.
  • Re-use
  • Re-purpose
  • Re-gift
  • Repair
  • Re-charge the soil

Our last resort options are:

  • Recover
  • Recycle
  • Rest goes to landfill

Page reviewed: 25 Oct 2017 3:06pm