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Paintback: how to safely dispose of unwanted paint and varnish

Can’t find a re-use for your old paint, varnish, deck stains or the old paintpots and pails?  Then the Paintback scheme, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in May 2021, can take it for safe disposal.

Paintback is open to households and trade users.  It receives unwanted paint and paint packaging from more than 155 Australian collection locations – including collection points at 18 Waste Transfer Stations in Tasmania – and ensures it is disposed of safely or repurposed for other industrial uses.

A record-breaking 8 million kilograms of unwanted paint and paint packaging was diverted from Australian landfills and waterways last year, according to  Paintback.  By the end of June this year, Australians are on track to have safely disposed of almost 30 million kilograms of paint and packaging since Paintback started five years ago.

Paintback transports the used paint from collection sites for treatment and repurposing, significantly reducing the paint in landfill.

Currently, unwanted paint is converted into an alternative fuel source replacing coal, or its water is extracted and used by other industries, reducing the need to use mains water.  This is where Paintback is funding Australian research into how it can improve the recovery of the paint and pails, to reduce demand on virgin resources.  Paintback aims to have 90% of unwanted paint diverted into Australia’s budding circular economy – where products are re-used or are repurposed for other manufacturing or industry processes to keep them circulating instead of being discarded permanently.

To find a Paintback collection point near you, contact your local council or search https://www.paintback.com.au/find-location

Reusable Modern Cloth Nappies and Wipes

Reusable Vs Disposable Nappies – why make the switch?

In Hobart alone, every year approximately 466 tonnes – the equivalent of 100 full garbage trucks – of disposable nappies end up in McRobies Gully landfill. Multiply that across Tasmania and there are millions of disposable nappies being sent to landfill every year, each nappy taking hundreds of years to break down while producing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Disposable nappies are the 4th most prevalent material after food waste, plastic packaging and textiles collected as waste from Hobart homes and make up 5% of all residential waste collected.
Modern, reusable cloth nappies and wipes provide alternatives that are kinder on the planet and your hip pocket.

Download our free fact sheet to find out:
– What are modern cloth nappies?
– What about the cost?
– Are compostable disposables an option?
– Low waste options for wipes
– Low waste options for breast (nursing) pads
– More helpful information and resources.

North West TAS: Clean out those unwanted household chemicals!

Household Hazardous Waste: free drop-off events

If you live in the Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport, Kentish, Latrobe, or Waratah-Wynyard council areas and you’ve got old or unwanted household and garden chemicals stored at home, now is the time to safely send them on their way.

FREE drop-off events are taking place at four locations across the region on Saturday 17th April and Sunday 18th April 2021.

Clean out those cupboards and sheds and bring any of these items along for safe disposal:

  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis

Pack items in a sturdy box for transport in the boot of your car or ute tray.  Make sure individual containers are no larger than 20 kilograms or 20 litres in size.

NOTE: the following items are NOT included in this free special service – motor oil, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, farm vet chemicals, fire extinguishers, ammunition and explosives, and chemicals from commercial businesses. Contact your council for disposal advice for these items.

> > For safety reasons, no early or late drop-offs will be accepted. Talk with your neighbours or friends to arrange shared delivery if you are unable to make it at the specified times.

Saturday 17 April 2021

10.00am – 2.00pm
Burnie Waste Management Centre
289 Mooreville Road, Burnie


10.00am – 3.00pm
White Hills Waste Transfer Station
22475 Bass Highway, Smithton

Sunday 18 April 2021

11.00am – 3.00pm
Devonport Waste Transfer Station
Bay Drive, off Mersey Road, Spreyton


12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sheffield Waste Transfer Station
Sheffield Main Road, Sheffield

No registrations are required. Simply visit any of the sites with your items for disposal between the times shown. Choose the site and times most convenient for you.

Thank you for being a good sort and helping to keep hazardous waste out of landfill and kerbside recycling.

These Household Hazardous Waste events are supported by the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group waste levy.

Australian National Waste Report 2020

National Waste Report 2020

The National Waste Report was prepared by Blue Environment on commission to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, which has committed to producing a national waste report every two years.

The report provides a summary of the status of waste in Australia in 2018-19,including data on waste generation, source streams, materials and fates. Trend data is included back to 2006-07.

The National Waste Report 2020 report:

  • provides data and information on Australia’s waste generation, recovery and fate for all waste streams and various material categories
  • analyses this information by state and territory and on a per capita basis.

Visit the National Waste Report 2020 website here.

Download the full National Waste Report 2020:

Download the National Waste Report 2020 Factsheet:


Ways to Reduce Waste & Make Positive Purchase Decisions in the Home

Ways to Reduce Waste and Make Positive Purchase Decisions around Home

From buying in bulk and using your own storage containers to choosing electric razors over disposable ones – this quick reference guide is packed full of ideas to avoid waste both in and around your home!

Download your own copy here:

Planning a renovation? Before you start, check out these handy tips for reducing waste when extending, updating or renovating your home:

How about a garden make-over? More ideas here to give your garden some love in a low-waste way:

Time for Kerbside Recycling Bin Assessments in the Cradle Coast

Making a Good Sort even better

Kerbside recycling bin checks are on again in North West Tasmania!

As part of an annual program managed by Cradle Coast Waste Services, more than 10,000 random household recycling bins will be examined to identify trends in recycling – what’s being recycled right and what items are mistakenly being put into recycling bins.

The lessons learnt will guide regional education and awareness activities with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of resources recovered and reducing the amount of recyclable materials that end up in landfill.

Recycling Audit and Data Officers will be looking at a selection of bins in Burnie City, Circular Head, Central Coast, Devonport City, Kentish, Latrobe and Waratah Wynyard municipal areas over two periods from 21 September – 31 October and 16 November – 27 November 2020.

The checks involve viewing the contents of each recycling bin placed at the kerbside and determining a performance result:

  • Fail: When contaminants comprise more than 10% of the bin’s total content.
  • Improvement Required: When contaminants comprise between 5% and 10% of the bin’s total content.
  • Pass: Where there is only minor contamination less than 5% of the bin’s total content.

Upon completion of the assessment the Officers place a corresponding tag on the bin to notify residents of the outcome, and an information brochure and individualised written feedback may be left in the resident’s letterbox.

The Officers are hoping to see continued improvement in the pass rate which has generally been increasing over the past seven years of the program.

How to be a Good Sort?

The biggest problem items found in kerbside recycling in the Cradle Coast region are:

  1. Plastic bags (the correct way to recycle these is in the RedCycle bins found in all Coles and Woolworths supermarkets)
  2. Plastic food packaging, chip packets, bubble wrap, cling wrap and other ‘soft plastics’ that can be scrunched (the correct way to recycle these is in the RedCycle bins found in all Coles and Woolworths supermarkets)
  3. Recycling packed inside boxes or bags (the correct way to recycle these is to keep items loose and jumbled up within the bin)
  4. Polystyrene (there is no recycling option for these in North West Tasmania so best to avoid this material if possible, or place in the garbage bin)

Besides kerbside recycling, there are many other recycling services available in Tasmania, including light globes, batteries and scrap metal. Check out this list of FREE recycling available across the state:

Grants fund improvements at Cradle Coast waste facilities

Grants fund improvements at Cradle Coast waste facilities

More than $109 000 in grant money has been used by Cradle Coast councils over the past 12 months to improve facilities at Waste Transfer Stations and Resource Recovery Centres across the region.

Cradle Coast Waste Services facilitated the grant program with funds from the region’s voluntary waste levy. Levy funds are used by Cradle Coast Waste Management Group member-councils to re-invest in services, infrastructure, and education campaigns to increase the recovery of re-usable resources and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Mel Pearce administered the grants program and was pleased the funds were used to improve the accessibility and safety of waste transfer stations in seven Local Government areas.
“From litter reduction fencing and signage, to e-waste collection shelters and concrete pads to prevent pollution run-off, the improvements all contribute to better waste management services for local communities,” said Mrs Pearce.

“That is the purpose of the waste levy, to ensure that funding goes back to communities for facility upgrades and to keep pace with growing recycling services such as electronic waste and hazardous waste including tyres, batteries and unused paint.”

A total of $109,228 was issued via the 2019/20 grant program with $14 000 allocated to Burnie City; $20 455 to Central Coast; $7 350 to Circular Head; $16 223 to Devonport City; $22 800 to Kentish (across both Sheffield and Wilmot Waste Transfer Stations); $12 400 to Latrobe; and $16 000 to Waratah-Wynyard Councils.
Improvements included:
• Concrete pads for e-waste, battery and paint collection bays in Burnie.
• Toilet and washing facilities at Preston.
• Boundary fence installation in Circular Head.
• Shelter construction for the e-waste collection bay in Devonport.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas, new signage and upgrading damaged bin waste flaps at Sheffield.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas and new signage at Wilmot.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas, new signage and upgrading damaged bin waste flaps in Latrobe; and
• Constructing a concrete hardstand for tyre storage in Waratah-Wynyard.

The next round of the grants program will be available to the seven councils in the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group, with funding applications due to close on the 7th of October 2020.

Understanding best-before and use-by dates to reduce food waste

Food use by dates, best before dates, sell by, and manufacturing dates on labels can be confusing and lead to good food being binned before it is necessary.

The use-by date is the most important date to look for and pay attention to. This date appears on the most perishable of food types such as meat and fish. If food is past its use-by date, that is when it can be dangerous to eat. Food past its use-by date can not be legally sold in Australia.

The best-before and sell-by dates are simply a guide to when the food is at its freshest or highest quality. If these dates have passed, the food can still be okay to eat.

Foods that have a shelf life of two years or longer, e.g. some canned foods, do not need to be labelled with a best before date because they may keep at a good quality for many years and are likely to be eaten well before they spoil.

Here are some tips for food that is often thrown away when it still could have been safely used:

Eggs – if you’re unsure how fresh your eggs are, pop them into a container of cold water while still in their shells. If they float, it’s a sign that they are no longer good to eat. Fresh eggs will lie flat on the bottom or will tilt slightly up towards the surface.

Fruit and vegetables – mouldy produce should be composted or discarded, but otherwise, super ripe fruit or floppy, limp or wrinkly vegetables can still be used in many ways, either raw, pickled or preserved, or in cooking. You can also freeze vegetables and fruit that are past their prime to make stocks and smoothies later. Try turning limp carrots and celery crisp again by soaking them in cold water in the fridge.

Milk and other dairy products – your nose is your best guide here, if it smells okay, it’s likely to be okay to eat or drink. Take a small taste first and remember that you can also choose to use it in smoothies or baking.

For more advice on storing foods so that they last longer, check out Love Food Hate Waste Victoria.

To learn more about food labelling in Australia, check out the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

Free Bin Posters – put the right things in the right bins

Separating waste at the source by putting the right things in the right bins is one of the easiest ways to stop re-usable and recyclable materials from ending up in landfill.

If you have mixed recycling, separate paper and cardboard recycling, food and garden organics collection, a compost bin or general waste collection then help yourself to these colourful posters. At a glance they help people decide which bin is the right bin for their waste.  And remember, soft plastics including plastic bags and chip & biscuit packets can be recycled at REDCycle bins at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.




There are five free bin posters available to download:

1. General waste,  no soft plastics allowed

2. General waste, no organic waste or soft plastics allowed

3. Mixed recycling, including paper and cardboard

4. Paper and cardboard recycling

5. Organic waste (for composting or FOGO or chooks!)

St Mary’s College – Hobart

St Mary’s College has been making positive changes to reduce its waste, with particular focus on the school canteen and the introduction of a package-free policy. Initiated by the College’s student-led sustainability group, The Footprint Project, the College is aiming to serve healthy, tasty meals while doing away with single-use products and packaging.

In addition to phasing out bottled and carton drinks, plastic-sealed snacks and packaged icy poles, the College has also introduced re-usable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery for the 900+ staff and students to enjoy their meals before being returned to the canteen for washing and re-use.

The changes were introduced at the end of October 2019 and have led to a significant decrease in waste volume, with only one garbage bin of rubbish now coming from the canteen each day. What a great achievement!

College Canteen Manager Phil Shanny, who has been a supporter of the sustainable food movement for more than 10 years, said he hopes to make the canteen “as sustainable as possible”. With its onsite fruit and vegetable garden used in the canteen menu plus the College’s bi-annual Sustainability Fair, compost program and Plastic Free July activities among others, they are well on their way to success!

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