Being a good sort starts at home
There are lots of things you can do to reduce and sort your waste and recyclables correctly at home.
- Set up three clearly marked bins or containers in your kitchen to help you separate and sort your organics, recyclables and landfill waste. This is an easy step we can all take when avoiding and re-using isn't an option.
If you would like stickers to clearly mark your recycling, organics and landfill bins or containers we will happily post them out to you. For more information please contact our Resource Recovery Officer on (02) 6626 7077.
2. Reduce, reuse and recycle
Reduce & avoid waste – think about buying what you really need and avoid buying what you don’t.
Re-use – save money and prevent valuable resources ending up in landfill.
Recycle – give new life to your recyclables and organics.
3. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste Program for practical solutions to help you save time and money by avoiding food waste, planning your meals better, shopping smarter and storing food more effectively. Find out more on the Love Food Hate Waste page.
4. Check out our A-Z Recycling Guide for more information about what items can go in each of your bins.
Home composting and worm farms
The most environmentally friendly way to manage your food scraps if they can't be eaten or you don’t have an organics bin is to home compost, set up a worm farm or give your food leftovers to the chooks.
Where can I buy a compost bin and/or worm farms?
Compost bins and worm farms can be purchased from either:
· The Byron Resource Recovery Centre (115 Manse Road, Myocum)
· The Byron Bay Herb Nursery (Bayshore drive, Byron Bay Industrial Estate) at a subsidised price.
Price: $47 including GST
Compost bins are made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic and come ready to assemble with instructions and a composting guide.
Price: $70 including GST.
Worm Farms are manufactured by RELN Plastic and are made from 100% recycled *HDPE plastic and come ready to assemble with instructions, bedding material and a basic guide.
Please note Council does not supply worms, however they can be sourced from various suppliers in the region.
Find out more about composting from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
- Sustainable gardening
- The Easy Guide to Composting
- Composting brochure
- Worm farm brochure
- Mulching brochure
*High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastics are made from recycled items such as plastic milk bottles, some juice and cordial bottles and laundry detergent containers. These are sent to a processing plant where they are washed, cut into quarter inch pieces and removed of impurities such as glue. The pieces are shipped to plastic manufacturing plants to be made into new items such as detergent and shampoo bottles, plastic lumber, recycling bins and toys