National Garage Sale Trail

Australia’s festival of pre-loved stuff, online and on the streets (where COVID restrictions allow) in November 2021.

Visit the Garage Sale Trail website for tutorials on the best way to host successful sales, to register your virtual or real sale, and to find sales near you.

Choose to re-use!

International Repair Day

International Repair Day is a joint initiative of the Open Repair Alliance, celebrated every year on the third Saturday of October.

This event celebrates the efforts of repair communities, individuals and businesses who are making repair possible and who are advocating for the consumer’s ‘right to repair’ for all types of goods including electronic equipment.

Repairing goods is an essential part of a circular economy.  It helps keep valuable resources in use and reduces the volume of waste sent for recycling or landfill.


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.

National Op Shop Week

We can all donate high quality goods, volunteer in a shop, or buy some new gear. Whichever way we help, we can all make a difference and give a hand. That’s what National Op Shop Week is all about!

National Op Shop Week

National Op Shop Week raises awareness of the importance of supporting your local op shop to help your local community and the environment by reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Find out more at the Op Shop Week website

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!

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!

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