New Year recycling resolutions

For many of us, the new year signals the chance to set goals, make positive changes and to embrace sustainable lifestyle choices.

At Council, we believe this also applies to working towards a clean, green, sustainable future!

So to get you off to a strong start, we’ve compiled an easy to remember list to help you go beyond ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, and build stronger habits with these sustainability staples…they’ll even help you save money on your household budget.


From January 1 2024, Council made it easier for you to reduce food waste and put more money in your pocket. Rebates for composting equipment increased to $100, while a $200 rebate is on offer for food waste recycling equipment like a dehydrator system or in-sink food disposal system. There’s never been a better time to start composting or setting up a worm farm!


Say no to single-use items! It’s an easy way to play our part to support our city’s sustainability. Don’t forget to carry your own reusable straws, bags and cutlery when you’re out and about.


Do you really need that brand new desk or item of clothing? Second-hand shops stock everything you could imagine and for a fraction of the cost of buying new. It’s the best way to bag a bargain and save money! Why not plan a visit to our Geebung or Acacia Ridge Treasure Troves?


Plastic products are on the way out. Alternatives like bamboo, metal and glass products are widely available, plus they look trendy too! Buying a reusable water bottle also helps reduce plastic waste.


So many things we buy are just begging for a second chance instead of being binned. Why not try reusing things like takeaway containers, zip lock bags and gift wrap? Not only are you keeping your budget balanced by not having to purchase these items often, but you’re ensuring reusable items aren’t put into landfill.


Your favourite dress or jeans can have a longer lease on life with just a few stitches. Consider repairing items like clothing, instead of throwing them out and buying expensive replacements.


What’s old is new again! A simple fresh coat of paint can bring old furniture and décor back to life. It’s also a fun weekend hobby.


Old textiles like curtains, tablecloths and sheets can easily be repurposed for use around your house. Whether it’s turning them into bench wipes, tote bags or a door mat - use your imagination and the opportunities are endless.


An oldie but a goodie! Make sure you download the Brisbane bin and recycling app to ensure the right thing is going into the right bin, and we’ll take care of it from there!

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**This blog was updated in January 2024.**

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