Craig Reucassel and Robyn, one of the residents featured in the TV series War on Waste. Photograph: ABC TV.
It’s the show that’s captured our imaginations.
The ABC’s recent TV series War on Waste, presented by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel, has inspired Australians to tackle over consumption and waste in their daily lives by recycling soft plastics, switching to reusable coffee cups and composting food scraps.
These were the quick fixes, but we knew there was more we could all be doing.
So we asked readers to share their tips.
We got a flood of responses, including advice on using reusable mesh produce bags for fruit and vegetables, setting up a worm farm on apartment balconies, visiting charity shops for clothing and other goods, ditching coffee pods entirely and generally consuming less.
And then there were those who knew how to take it to the next level.
So here are our favourite tips for recycling and reducing waste:
Line your compost bin with old newspaper. It keeps the bin cleaner and forms another layer over your food scraps when you empty it. – Bob Paka, Canberra
I can’t recommend a Bokashi bin from Bunnings highly enough. All my food scraps, except meat, goes in there, then every time you put stuff into it you spray the Bokashi. You can tap the decomposing liquid run off as fertiliser or stick it in your toilet cistern to help introduce friendly bacteria into your pipes.
When it’s full, I bury the mush in the garden and my soil and plants go ballistic. – Darren Goldnerd, Melbourne
Chooks! Since we got our backyard chickens no leftover food ever goes to waste. They particularly love it when we accidentally cook too much pasta or rice, or if the bread goes mouldy. And we get lovely fresh, free-range eggs in return. – Nyssa Maisch, Hobart
Aluminium foil that can form a ball can be recycled but the smaller pieces end up in landfill. I avoid this by putting all my small pieces into an aluminium can. When the can is full, I place it in my recycling bin and it is all recycled. Plastic straws and cutlery are also too small to recycle. However, if you enclose them in a plastic takeaway container or plastic drink bottle, they will be recycled. – Amanda Robertson, Canberra