Top tips to increase recycling this National Recycling Week

Celebrate this National Recycling Week, November 9-15, by using these top EPA tips to review your recycling habits and help prevent, reuse and recycle waste rather than sending it straight to landfill.

The NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative has invested more than $800 million in programs and activities since 2012 including grants for councils, community groups, industry and charities to roll-out more than 2,685 projects across NSW that will divert more than 3.6 million tonnes of waste from landfill.

National Recycling Week is a great opportunity to take stock of our recycling habits and these tips, based on EPA supported programs, are a great place to start thinking about where you can do more to recycle and reuse waste both at home and at work.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help look after our environment and by making little changes to our recycling practices we can all make a difference.

Top tips to increase reuse and recycling

  • Sign up to Food Smart - a free online program to help you reduce food waste at home. Over six weeks, receive advice and updates by email, along with tips and information to help you save both food and money.
  • Drop off your household problem waste, like paint, batteries and light globes for free at one of more than 90 Community Recycling Centres across NSW.
  • Donate quality second-hand items to an open charity or into an available donation bin to increase the chance of them being reused and prevent illegal dumping.
  • Download the photo-recognition RecycleMate app at to find out what can be recycled in your local area.
  • Write a shopping list, or even take a photo of what’s in your fridge and cupboards before a grocery shop, to prevent buying items you don’t need and may end up throwing out.
  • Collect eligible drink containers and take them to a Return and Earn collection point to claim your 10-cent refund and to help recycle them back into other quality products.
  • Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for seasonal tips on how to cut food waste and save money on your grocery bill.
  • Get a free Bin Trim assessment from the EPA to help your business save money, reduce waste and increase recycling, and find out if you are eligible for a rebate between $1,000 and $50,000 to help purchase recycling equipment.
  • Cut costs and food wastage and save money in your restaurant and café with the Your Business is Food program.
  • Don’t dump unwanted items on the street – think about whether they can be repaired, reused, recycled or even resold and if they can’t, contact your local council to find out about disposal options.