R1 - Reduce

Waste reduction operates on the principle that prevention is better than a cure. By reducing the amount of packaging and other materials we consume, we can decrease the amount of waste that is generated in the first place, and hence the need for its disposal.

You can reduce your waste by:

  • Buying in bulk.
  • Using your own bag at the grocery store.
  • Using re-usable containers (take them back to the deli!).
  • Looking for products with little or no packaging, or looking for packaging that is made from recycled material or that is recyclable itself.

Useful links

Clean Up

Federal Government: Department of Environment

Living Smart Households

Living Sustainably: It’s a Living Thing

Master Builders Association

Planet Ark

Recycling Near You

Waste Authority