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Reducing Waste and Pollution

Reducing Your Waste

Cumberland Council strongly encourages its community to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill by recycling or re-using materials.

By doing this, everyone can reduce the many negative environmental impacts of landfills (otherwise known as tips) and contribute to a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable society.

Do you know that you can now recycle soft plastic?

Soft plastics that can be scrunched into a ball are among the biggest problems in the kerbside recycling system. These cannot be recycled in Council’s recycling facility as they can get caught in the recycling machinery. However, these plastics can be collected separately and taken into supermarket for recycling.

This free program is made possible through RedCycle, which has worked with Coles and Woolworths/Safeway Supermarkets to set up collection bins in stores across most of metro-Australia.

The plastic is made into furniture for schools and kindergartens among other things.

What You Can Recycle

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Bread, rice, pasta, lolly and cereal bags
  • Biscuit packs (but not the trays)
  • Frozen food bags
  • Newspaper wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Fruit and veg bags and netting
  • Toilet paper and similar product packaging
  • Old green (and other re-usable) bags

Find your nearest REDcycle drop off point


Waste Reduction Tips

As our population expands, the environment is under considerable pressure to meet the demands of our growing society – that is, it is struggling to keep up with all the food we eat, and the products we keep buying. We also need to reduce waste because we are running out of room to put all of the waste that our society generates.

We can all help conserve available landfill space, and minimise the need to extract resources from the natural environment by following these waste reduction tips.

  • Be a smart shopper - avoid buying over-packaged items; buy items made from recycled content; buy less disposable items; ‘SAY NO’ to plastic bags; and don’t buy things you can live without.
  • Recycle everything we possibly can.
  • Compost your green waste, newspaper/paper and fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • Give good quality, unwanted items to charity.
  • Try some natural cleaning solutions to minimise the need to buy costly cleaning agents. Visit Safer Solutions for helpful tips.
  • Contact the Distribution Standards Board on 1800 676 136 for a free NO JUNK MAIL sticker.
  • Register with the Australian Direct Marketing Organisation to stop the delivery of junk mail.
  • Take advantage of local recycling programs for items not accepted in your recycle bin, such as plastic bags, mobile phones, printer cartridges and E-waste.

To learn more, you can:

  • Visit the Council’s Love Your Leftovers website, which shows how you can reduce food waste and cook amazing meals at the same time. The website shows how you can buy the famous Love Your Leftovers cookbook and download the app.
  • Watch our Composting and Worm Farming videos.

Reducing Pollution

Cumberland Council works with State agencies to reduce air, water, noise and land pollution across the council area. The council’s rangers are empowered to issue fines for the above types of pollution, including littering, under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. However, the council’s preference is to educate the Cumberland community about the importance of preventing pollution, to avoid the need to hand out fines. Find out more about pollution and our management programs please read the following pages:

Find out more about pollution and our management programs please phone Council on 8757 9000.