Easy ways to reduce waste this Christmas

During the festive season, waste can be a challenge with leftover food, packaging and present wrappings filling our bins. Here are some simple tips to reduce your waste this Christmas.


Save money and shop smart by making a shopping list and sticking to it to avoid unnecessary purchases.

Shop for seasonal, packaging-free produce at your local farmers market or fresh food market. You’ll avoid waste, support farmers and get the freshest produce for your Christmas feast.


Safely refrigerate your leftover food and reinvent it into different meals. There are hundreds of delicious and creative recipes online.

Why not buy a real Christmas tree in a pot and reuse it every year? They look fantastic. If you do buy a cut real tree, ensure to book our free Christmas tree collection service in January.


Put empty, food-free and loose items in your recycling bin including hard plastic containers and bottles, glass bottles and jars, paper present wrappings, envelopes and cards. Please remember foil wrapping, tape and ribbons are not accepted.

Don’t forget flexible/soft plastics (eg. plastic bags and plastic food wrappings) are no longer accepted in your recycling bin. However you can take these to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets for recycling. 

For more information, see Avoiding waste or call 9278 4444

Child pulls a Christmas tree on a trolley

Book your free Christmas tree collection

Free Christmas tree collections operate from Monday 30 December 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. Please note only real Christmas trees can be accepted, not plastic.

Bookings open Monday 16 December 2019 and close Friday 24 January 2020. To book, see Book a Christmas tree collection or call 9278 4444

Bin collection changes this festive season

Residents with regular Wednesday collections will have their kerbside bins collected on the following dates, instead of Christmas and New Year’s Day:

  • Saturday 28 December 2019
    (instead of Wednesday 25 December 2019)
  • Saturday 4 January 2020
    (instead of Wednesday 1 January 2020).

Please place your bins out on the night before collection only.

For more information, see Waste & environment or call 9278 4444