National Recycling Week

Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Now in its 24th year, this well-established annual event continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives; and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, at work and at school.

Waste NoT Awards 2019 – Entries Open July 1st!

The 2019 Northern Tasmania Waste NoT Awards are bigger and better than ever!

This year there’s $2,500 worth of prizes up for grabs recognising excellence in waste avoidance, waste processing and education initiatives through to recycling, re-invention and upcycling.

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Individuals, schools, businesses, community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Northern Tasmania are eligible to enter (in the Break O’Day, Northern Midlands, Launceston City, Dorset, Meander Valley, West Tamar or George Town Council areas).  Categories include:

  • Early Learners
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Colleges/Tertiary Education Institutes
  • Small to Medium Organisations (under 150 employees)
  • Large Organisations (over 150 employees)
  • Individuals
  • Not for Profit/Community Group; and
  • State/Local Government.

Entry nominations open Monday 1 July and close at 5.00pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

Complete the online entry form here.  This link also includes the Awards’ full application guidelines and eligibility details.

Category winners receive a trophy made from recycled materials PLUS a $250 prize.  There’s also a bonus $250 to be awarded to the overall winner!

The Waste NoT Awards are hosted by the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group on behalf of its member councils and are proudly supported by Veolia.

Dumping is not the answer: disposal options in the Cradle Coast

Safely disposing of big loads of household rubbish isn’t as costly or difficult as you might think.

Local councils, not-for-profit groups and commercial businesses all provide a variety of disposal services for bulky, unwanted items.  You can give away unwanted items through online networks such as, gumtree or Buy, Sell, Swap pages on Facebook. Often people take these items to repair or repurpose.
There are also commercial recyclers in Tasmania that can take unwanted goods for a fee – search online to find businesses near you (and some are happy to travel and collect materials too).

Tyres can be dropped off at most tip/waste management centres for recycling. A fee applies depending on the size of the tyre (usually around $5 – $10 each).
Many car service centres offer a tyre disposal service when they fit new tyres. This fee is often cheaper and more convenient than taking the tyres to the tip yourself.

Car bodies can be sold for scrap metal recycling and can be collected for free. Contact a car wrecker or ‘cash for car’ service for a quote and to arrange drop off or collection. Some companies pay approximately $50 for a car that they collect or $70 for a car that is dropped off.

Disposal of general rubbish at any of the Cradle Coast tips can cost from approximately $10. Some councils provide tip tickets to residents in their rates notices. Contact your local Council to enquire about disposal fees at your local waste transfer station.
Excess household recyclables such as cans, bottles and cardboard can be dropped off for free at most transfer stations.
Any reusable items can dropped off at a tip shop including Burnie, Central Coast and Spreyton, for resale or reuse.

Green waste can be disposed of at your local waste transfer station.
It is fairly simple to home compost some garden waste such as lawn clippings, leaf litter and small prunings. There’s a Rethink Waste Tasmania fact sheet on Home Composting that you can use as a guide (see our Resources page for details).

Furniture in usable condition can be sold or donated. Popular online classifieds for the sale of 2nd hand goods include Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace.
Many charity stores accept furniture and some such as the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul offer a free collection service.
Tip shops also accept reusable furniture.

The largest Waste Transfer Stations in Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard, Burnie, Central Coast, Devonport, Kentish and Latrobe municipal areas all accept electronic waste (e.g. televisions, computers, monitors, printers and accessories) for free recycling drop-off.

Finding it difficult to physically move unwanted bulk items?
Commercial operators can be paid to take away unwanted goods. Household goods in usable condition may also be collected by some charities. Items posted on buy/sell/swap sites are also usually collected and may even be re-purposed or repaired.
Talk to a neighbour or friend about sharing a trailer load for disposal. Secure the load for transport and sort the materials in the trailer so they’re grouped together for quick and easy drop-off.

Seen rubbish dumped where it doesn’t belong?
Report dumping hotspots to your local council and together we can find ways to stop waste items from harming Tasmania’s soil, waterways and environment. Report it and let’s get it sorted!

Soft Plastics Recycling

The Redcycle soft plastics recycling service is now available in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets across Tasmania.

Soft plastic that can be ‘scrunched’ is accepted for recycling via these special collection bins.  Please remember that soft plastics can NOT be recycled via kerbside recycling bins in Tasmania.

Here are some examples of the soft plastics that can be dropped off at the special Redcycle recycling bins at the supermarkets:

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  • Bread bags (ties and tags removed)
  • Foil lined chip packets
  • Frozen food and veggie bags
  • Confectionery bags
  • Cereal box liner bags
  • Old ‘green’ reusable shopping bags
  • Rice and pasta packets
  • Plastic wrap from the outside of toilet paper and paper towels
  • Large pieces of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut in to A3 sized pieces).

For a full list of currently accepted soft plastic items, visit the redcycle website.

Redcycle partners with Replas to supply recycled plastics  that are used to make a wide range of products from bench seats to bollards, fencing, signs and much more.

Tips to Reduce Waste this Christmas

The Christmas and holiday season creates a spike in both garbage and recycling in Tasmania, but there are ways to reduce waste while retaining the festive spirit.Creative ideas to reduce waste
Tasmania’s three regional Waste Management Groups have compiled the 12 Tips of Christmas covering everything from gifts, to decorations and festive meal planning so you can get in the waste-free spirit:

  1. Use paper wrapping that can be easily reused or recycled rather than foil or cellophane or better still, get creative with wrapping using a scarf or towel as part of the gift.
  2. Avoid products with lots of packaging and consider giving a service, donation or experience instead.
  3. Plan your meals and buy only the ingredients that you need. Share leftovers with friends and family to ensure nothing goes in the bin.
  4. Look for gifts that are made from recycled or upcycled materials such as wallets made from old transit canvas or jewellery from cutlery.
  5. Send e-cards rather than traditional cards and keep any cards received to cut into strips for use as gift tags the following year.
  6. Collect flat household batteries from any Christmas toys and drop them off for recycling at the local Council office or Waste Transfer Station.
  7. If you receive a gift that doesn’t fit or is really not wanted, consider donating it to a charity so it can find another home.
  8. Borrow or hire anything you need for a party rather than buying, especially if it will only be used for a short time.
  9. Take the lids off plastic and glass bottles that go into the kerbside recycling bin and place the lids in the garbage to reduce contamination of good recycling.
  10. Don’t pack recycling inside plastic bags or boxes, simply place them loose and mingled in the kerbside recycling bin. Flatten boxes to help fit more in your recycling bin.
  11. If electronic equipment is upgraded, contact your local council to find out about e-waste recycling options and local collection points for old mobile phones.
  12. Get crafty with decorations using cuttings from the garden or make items from last year’s wrapping and cards that can be stored and reused.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe and happy New Year from the Rethink Waste Tasmania team!

Sustainable House Day

Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day.

This unique peer to peer education is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration, ideas and the key to sustainable living.

Visit the website to find an open house near you!

Plastic Free July: take the challenge or make a change

Plastics are a major cause of litter and pollution, especially in our waterways and oceans. The Plastic Free July initiative started in Western Australia and is now catching on worldwide, with more than 1 million people making a positive change last year.

Take the challenge or make a change in whatever way you can to avoid or reduce single use plastic, for this month or forever!

Say ‘no thanks’ to plastic shopping bags, single use water bottles, plastic straws, plastic food wrap and take away coffee cups and lids.

Bring your own reusable shopping bags or choose a box. Refill your drink bottle. Buy and store food in reusable or compostable containers. Choose to refuse plastic straws or use metal or paper alternatives.

And remember… you can often recycle what can’t be avoided. Plastic recycling in Tasmania includes via your kerbside recycling bin and your Waste Transfer Station for some plastics such as milk and soft drink bottles and margarine containers. There are also soft plastic collection bins in major supermarkets and even printer cartridge recycling via Planet Ark.


Take the Plastic Free July challenge at or simply make a change at home, at work or at school in whatever way possible.

Rethink waste in Tasmania and find ways to avoid single use plasticIf we each do a little, together we can achieve a lot!



Follow Rethink Waste Tasmania on Facebook for inspirational ideas throughout July and let’s all have a go at reducing or avoiding single use plastic as often as we can!

Finding ways to avoid, reduce and reuse waste

The three regional Waste Management Groups have created an awareness raising program to encourage Tasmanians to avoid , reduce and reuse waste.

Tasmanians are pretty good at recycling and although this is a great way to keep waste out of landfill and our environment, there are many other things we can all do to be good sorts and decrease our waste.

It’s important that we try to find ways to reuse and reduce waste, or best of all to avoid generating waste altogether.

Here are some simple ideas being promoted across Tasmania on TV, in newspapers, on radio and social media.  Are there one, two or  more things you could be doing to rethink waste?avoid generating waste where possible

Avoid waste:

  • Take your travel mug for your next coffee
  • Refill your drink bottle in place of packaged water
  • Take your own shopping bags
  • Choose unpackaged food and products over those with excessive packaging
  • Use containers instead of plastic wrap for storing left-overs
  • Say no to plastic straws.

Reduce waste:

  • Plan ahead and only buy ingredients you need for the week
  • Choose and maintain household items that will last or can be repaired
  • Borrow or hire instead of buying if you only need an item for a short time.

Reuse waste:

  • Post unwanted items online for sale or giveaway, hold a garage sale or swap-meet
  • Treasure hunt for pre-loved items before buying new – Council tip shops are a great resource too
  • Cook up the next meal from left-overs
  • Find new uses for every-day items, such sewing old clothes or fabric items into reusable bags.

If you haven’t yet seen the Avoid – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle commercials on TV in Tasmania, you can watch them on our Rethink Waste YouTube channel.

Tis the season to reduce, reuse, recycle!

From all of our member Councils and team at Rethink Waste, we wish you a fabulous festive season and wonderful New Year!

Want to make your celebrations jolly for the planet too?  Have fun following Planet Ark’s 12 Do’s of Christmas… maybe it will inspire some new year resolutions too!

Download your copy and pop it on the fridge:

Merry Christmas!

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