Recycling and reuse of those man-made elements of our consumption delivers efficiency, reduces cost and resource use and protects the environment.
Renovating or demolishing a house generates up to 200 tonnes of 'waste', but around 80 per cent of this material could be re-used or recycled.
Time and paper are precious resources. Junk mail, email spam and unsolicited phone calls waste both time and paper, so let's get rid of them!
There is no waste in nature – everything is cycled and recycled through the system. Humans, however, too often use natural resources with a ‘cradle to grave’ mentality. We create enough waste to fill a football stadium every few months! The waste we create ends up in our landfill or, worse, litters our open spaces and waterways. It’s unattractive, smelly and leaches chemicals in to our soils and waterways. If we use natural resources in a more efficient manner and focus on the total life cycle of products, we can minimise all these impacts and more.
Toxic beaches and rivers, litter and smog are all examples of waste impacting on our wellbeing. Actively trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce is part of the personal journey we need to make in order to live sustainable lives and pass a healthy, vibrant and livable planet onto our children.
Environmental & Customer Services Department
Phone: 02 6540 1136
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.