Due to the community restrictions, Australians spent more time at home and created more waste. In fact, over a third reported creating more waste in 2020 than in any other year. But with COVID-19 restrictions lowered, it’s time to clean up our act in 2021.
Read below for all the ways we can clean up for Clean Up Day.
How to clean up in 2021
One of the first and easiest changes you can make is to think before you buy. There are a number of items that can only be used once, don’t break down easily, or sold in unnecessary packaging.
By choosing more eco-friendly substitutes you can reduce your waste straight away.
- Plastic straws
- Balloons and streamers
- Plastic cutlery, cups, and plates
- Packaged produce
- Bottled water
- Plastic bags
Choose to reuse
Part of cleaning up your waste is using and reusing what you already have. This could be involve:
- Fixing broken appliances
- Altering your clothes and accessories
- Using your own cutlery for picnics or parties
Reusing also means choosing to buy secondhand.
There are plenty of good quality household items, furniture, and tools that can be found at recycling shops across WA. You can also donate your unwanted items and pick up something preloved at great price.
Don’t throw – recycle instead
There are many ways to recycle materials like plastics, metals, and e-waste in a sustainable way. Here’s what you can do:
- Cardboard, paper and foil: In your local household bin
- Containers and bottles: Collect and cash them in for a 10c refund
- Plastic bags: Recycle these at a REDcycle drop off point
- Plastics and polystyrene: At recycling centres like Tamala Park and Balcatta