Blue Mountains News

Waste Not, Want Not This Christmas

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 16 Dec 2019
Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash
Christmas does not mean that more household waste must be created. You can indulge and give generously, while still being mindful of the impact your celebrations have on our environment.

Council offers weekly general waste collection, along with alternating fortnightly green waste and recycling services, to help you manage your household waste. Council also offers residents free drop off recycling at Katoomba and Blaxland facilities throughout the year. You can join The Compost Hub for free to remove all your food scraps from your red garbage bin. Learn more at Food Waste Composting.

Council is committed to protecting our environment by reducing waste to landfill. A handy A – Z Guide of waste & recycling can be found on their website A-Z Waste.

Here are a few tips to help you achieve a more sustainable, lower waste Christmas, this year:

Food waste
This is the season of excess and it shows in the food that gets wasted – Australians throw away 3.1 billion tonnes of edible food each year. Planning your festive menu, portions and sticking to a shopping list will save you money, time and spoilage. Make sure you’ve got recipes and plans for how to use the additional leftover food in the coming days. For information on food waste (as well as how to avoid it), storage and shopping tips and great ways to use up leftovers visit the Government website Love Food Hate Waste. The best way to manage your food waste is to compost it at home, or place it into a worm farm.

Low waste gift
Try some easy and interesting low waste gift options this year! Give memories with experience gifts like theatre tickets or memberships, give your time, upcycle, buy second hand, make gifts or buy ethically. Don’t forget to take your own re-usable bags when shopping for gifts as well as groceries.

Gift Wrapping
Paper-based gift wrapping can be recycled in your yellow recycling bin, even if it has sticky tape attached. Plastic or foil wrapping, paper with metallic detail, cellophane, bows and ribbons can’t be recycled and will become landfill. Save these items to re-use for gift wrapping or kids’ craft. Search online for stylish and sustainable ways to wrap gifts.

Trees
This Christmas, celebrate with a real native tree. A potted Australian pine, like a Wollemi or a Cypress, can be used year after year and also makes an excellent Christmas present. Pine Christmas trees can be taken to Katoomba and Blaxland facilities and be recycled for a fee.

Plating up
The disposable plates and cutlery you may be thinking about using will sit in landfill for hundreds of years. Use ceramic plates and proper cutlery instead. If you don’t have enough, purchase from the op shop and re-donate back after Christmas.

Aluminium Foil containers
You can recycle foil trays - like the kind your Christmas mince pies come in or disposable roasting pans - if they are clean. Collect them together, along with your clean foil chocolate wrappers, and roll them into a ball before putting them in your yellow bin.

Batteries
The Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility accepts batteries for safe handling.

EPS
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), often seen as the white packaging inside boxes holding items secure, cannot be recycled at the kerbside. Instead take it to Blaxland or Katoomba Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility for free recycling, if clean and separated from other materials.

Unwanted Gifts        
Re-gift them, sell online or offer them to op shops or the reuse shed at Katoomba RRWMF.

Get more information on our website A-Z Waste.

 
Blackheath Getaway Blackheath Getaway Blackheath Getaway Cosy Self Contained Accommodation

Recent News

Local Artists Called to Display Artworks at Lithgow Library
Local Artists Called to Display Artworks at Lithgow Library
Local artists are invited to submit an application to display their work...
Calling for New Members for Blue Mountains Youth Council
Calling for New Members for Blue Mountains Youth Council
Applications are now open for the Blue Mountains Youth Council.
Blue Mountains - Plenty to See and Do Post-Bushfires
Blue Mountains - Plenty to See and Do Post-Bushfires
The Blue Mountains region has prepared a jam-packed calendar of festivals...
NSW Government Ministers Visit Lithgow to Assist with Bushfire Recovery
NSW Government Ministers Visit Lithgow to Assist with Bushfire Recovery
The Hon Damien Tudehope, Minister for Small Business and the Hon Paul...
Last Chance for Extra Green Waste Services
Last Chance for Extra Green Waste Services
The extra green waste services being offered by Blue Mountains City Council...

What's New

Lindsay's: Open Sat, Sun & Monday
Lindsay's: Open Sat, Sun & Monday
Lindsay's Cafe Lindsay's Cafe is open this long weekend for breakfast & lunch. Next to Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge
Katoomba Ghost Bus Tour
Katoomba Ghost Bus Tour
Blue Mountains Mystery Tours Join Paranormal Pete on the Ghost Bus to investigate the reports of Ghosts & Hauntings in Blue Mountains. 0418 416 403
Lunch @ Lindsay's - Relax & Enjoy
Lunch @ Lindsay's - Relax & Enjoy
Lindsay's Cafe Lindsay's Cafe - The perfect lunch stop going up or down the mountains. @ The Norman Lindsay Gallery.
Short Break special
Short Break special
Blue Mountains YHA Short Break Inc Scenic World Tickets! 2 nights accomm in an ensuite family room, breakfast, Scenic World Discovery Pass.
Aust Day Long Weekend
Aust Day Long Weekend
Woolshed Cabins 2 or 3 night stay avail. 2 nts for 1 cple $570. 3 nts for 1 cple $770. Incl. first breakfast & 1pm checkout
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Lindsay's: Open Sat, Sun & MondayLindsay's Cafe is open this long weekend for breakfast & lunch. Next to Norman Lindsay Gallery, FaulconbridgeView Lindsay's Cafe »