The One Planet Living Principle – Zero Waste – is about reducing waste, reusing things where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.

Over the past 30 years, a staggering one-third of the planet’s natural resources have been consumed.  Our consumerist society is undermining our planet’s capacity to regenerate itself. We must consider what we buy, where we buy it and how we dispose of it.

Rethink – Reduce – Repair – Reuse – Repurpose – Recycle

Changing our behaviour will help to reduce waste going to landfill, lower greenhouse gas emissions, ease the pressure on our natural environment and save us money.

Are you suffering from affluenza?

Affluenza is a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Affluenza creates a bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses.

Affluenza can lead to an epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the Australian Dream.

Afflunenza compels us to chase an unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

If you answer YES to any of these statements, maybe it’s time you connected with the New Joneses who think LESS is MORE!

Did you know … not everything recyclable can go in your kerbside recycling bin?

Your local Council’s Resource Recovery Centre is a collection point for a range of recyclable materials that cannot be collected at the kerbside and need to stay out of landfill.

Electronic waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) is growing three times faster than other waste streams.  Televisions, computers, printers, scanners, DVD players, tape recorders and mobile phones – plus their batteries and accessories – can be dropped off free at any Resource Recovery Centre. Help address the e-waste epidemic and keep e-waste out of landfill.

Plastic pollution

Soft plastics will contaminate your kerbside recycling and green waste bins. Soft plastics are recyclable but only via RedCycle bins at Coles and Woolworths.  So collect up your plastic shopping bags, cling wrap, bread bags, frozen food bags, biscuit packaging, pasta and rice bags and confectionary packaging and when you have bagful, take it with you to RedCycle at the supermarket. And remember never, never put soft plastic in your kerbside recycling or green waste bins.

Key information sources

  • A – Z of Recycling – Your local recycling guide

    Find out how to dispose of your unwanted stuff responsibly… Search or browse by what you’d like to get rid of.

  • Red Cycle

    Soft plastic is recyclable but not in your kerbside bin.  It must go to RedCycle at the supermarket.

  • The Rogue Ginger

    No plastic. No trash. Less stuff. Less toxins. Simple & mindful living.

  • The Story of Stuff Project

    We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be.

  • Plastic Free July

    By 2050 its estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Refuse all single use plastic.

  • Buy Nothing New Month

    A global movement for collective, conscientious consumption.

  • Freecycle Geelong

    Freecycle is for all who want to find a new home for reusable items.

  • Detox Your Home

    Toxic household chemicals – solvents, poisons, cleaning products, fertiliser and car care products – can be safely disposed at no cost and diverted from landfill.

Further information and local suppliers can be found in the Sustainability Directory