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Published 23 October 2018

Redwood Park resident Skye Brock is on a serious mission to reduce the amount of waste her young family of five throws away.

Skye is constantly looking for ways to achieve this and isn’t averse to gently educating others on the finer points of waste reduction, whether it be by sharing posts on social media or a gentle word in a relative or friend’s ear.

“This is serious,” said Skye. “This is a bigger community message. Some people just don’t realise how dire the situation is.”

“The War on Waste had a big impact on me. You think you’re doing all right, but there’s the wider impact of all the waste.”

On the day we visited Skye’s home, she had just one bag of rubbish in her red-lidded rubbish bin – a pretty impressive achievement, considering she was renovating her house and decluttering.

Skye takes her own shopping bags with her to the supermarket and packs fruit and vegetables into boxes rather than using supermarket-issued plastic bags.

She’s disappointed that supermarkets aren’t doing more to reduce plastic packaging and avoids using supermarket home delivery services because of the amount of plastic they use – even when she’s paid extra for a crate to bench service.

“If they stopped using so much packaging, consumers wouldn’t be in a position to dump so much,” she said.

Any unavoidable plastic bags or packaging that comes into Skye’s home are taken to supermarket collection sites for recycling.

Skye is also mindful of overconsuming, saying “today’s cheaper throw away products are having big impact on landfill as people are buying quantity instead of quality when it comes to clothes and home furnishings.”

Some quick and easy waste reduction tips from Skye

  • Make sure food scraps go into your green organics bin, along with tissues, kitchen paper and pizza boxes. The paper and cardboard products not only break down into compost, they also absorb odour.
  • Rinse bottles and jars before putting them in the yellow-lidded recycling bin.
  • Small plastic lids, such as milk and soft drink ones, and bread tags can’t go directly into the recycling bin. Push the items through the neck of a plastic bottle and drop into your recycling bin when full. Otherwise these small lids must go in your red-lidded rubbish bin.
  • Keep reusable shopping bags in your car in readiness for shopping. Take a cardboard box instead of using supermarket bags for loose fruit and vegetables – or sew reusable bags from old terylene curtains available at opp shops.
  • Take a reusable cup to cafes rather than using non-recyclable takeaway cups.
  • Pack school lunch items into separate containers to avoid using plastic bags, and buy reusable yoghurt pouches for children rather than buying pre-prepared ones. 

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