Small space sustainability

Apartment living in Brisbane is becoming increasingly popular but living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t be sustainable and do things like compost, recycle or limit your amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Together with low-waste guru, Katie from @wastenotcollective we’ve compiled some of our favourite tips on small space sustainability to help keep Brisbane clean and green for years to come.

Buy less

Making new products requires a lot of materials and energy, from production to the transportation of the final product. Reducing and reusing what we already have is one of the most effective ways we can save resources and protect the environment.

“My number one zero waste tip is to simply buy less stuff,” Katie says.

“Buying things we don’t need perpetuates our throw-away consumer culture, uses finite resources and most likely ends up sitting in landfill at the end of its time. If you think you need to buy something, just sit on it for two weeks. At the end of the fortnight, you’ll probably have realised you can live without it, or that you can make something else work. This also frees up space in small homes.”

Fight food waste

Council’s Love Food Hate Waste program has a range of suggestions on how to limit the amount of food waste going to landfill each year. Learn how to recycle your food scraps or turn them into something new, as well as how to store food to prevent it from spoiling so you’re not wasting space with food you’re not eating.

Katie’s top tip for avoiding food waste is to have a container in your fridge where you place food items that are about to go off.

“When you go to cook something, make sure you use items from your ‘use it up first’ box! All odds and ends can go into a soup or on top of a pizza.”

Build a community

“Your particular space may mean you can’t store tools, grow your own food or compost easily, but you’re not alone! This is where the sustainable living community really comes into its own,” Katie says.

Council has numerous community gardens around Brisbane, where residents can share and grow food and create connections with people in our city’s beautiful environment. Many community gardens also have composting hubs, where residents can turn their kitchen scraps into nutrients for soil if they’re unable to in their homes. 

We are working hard to grow our sustainable community and composting network, but if there isn’t a hub close to your home, check out ShareWaste to connect with neighbours who are interested in accepting your scraps to feed worm farms, chickens or create compost. 

Other tips

For other ways to be green and sustainable in a small space:

  •  grow your own herbs in small pots on windowsills or balconies
  • download our Brisbane bin and recycling app to learn how to recycle waste more effectively. 
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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: green