Sustainable Homes
Man with compost bin

Avoiding Waste and Smart Shopping

These websites might be useful to help you reduce the amount of waste you bring into your home, how you can re-use items to stop them becoming waste and where you can take things for re-use or recycling to stop them becoming waste.

All Appliances
Repair small appliances. 162 Burgundy St Heidelberg Ph 9459 9848
www.allappliances.com.au

Banyule and Darebin City Councils
Learn more about rubbish collection days, recycling, hard rubbish, disposing of electronic and chemical waste, green waste, composting and worm farms.
www.banyule.vic.gov.au/waste
www.darebin.vic.gov.au/page/Page.aspx?Page_id=4801&

Buying Green
Buying green products, online and instore
www.environmentshop.com.au
www.neco.com.au
www.todae.com.au

Clothing Exchange
Exchanging good quality clothes, rather than buying a new outfit
www.clothingexchange.com.au

Detox Your Home
Find out where to dispose of unwanted household chemicals such as paint, fluorescent light globes, batteries, cleaning products, fertiliser or nail polish, and save them from entering our waterways and soil.
www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_households_2826.html
www.darebin.vic.gov.au/page/Page.aspx?Page_id=4813&
www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Page.aspx?ID=123

Energy Efficiency Ratings
Energy ratings for all major appliances
www.energyrating.gov.au

Fresh Green Clean
Green cleaning ideas
www.freshgreenclean.com.au

Greenhanger
Cardboard coat hangers. Just one example of thinking differently
www.greenhanger.com.au

Lanfax Laboratories
Choosing an environmentally friendly laundry detergent
www.lanfaxlabs.com.au

Op Shops
A list of all opshops in Melbourne
www.melb-opshopping.blogspot.com/

Recycling Computer e-Waste
www.bytebackaustralia.com.au

Recycling Mattresses
www.dreamsafe.com.au

Recycling Near You
Where you can take things to recycle, such as oil, corks, batteries
www.recyclingnearyou.com.au

Recycling Refrigerators
www.mefl.com.au/business/project/49/

Rubbish Free Year
A NZ couple’s story of a year of living without creating any waste
www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz

Sharing
Share your resources with your community, from books to sewing machines to lawnmowers, and don't feel that you need to own it all yourself
www.thesharehood.org

And unwanted items
www.melbourne.gumtree.com.au (the swap section).
www.ozrecycle.com

The Story of Stuff
Great short film about the cycle of waste
www.storyofstuff.com

Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS)
Water ratings for products such as washing machines, showerheads, toilets
www.waterrating.gov.au

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