News

How much Aussie homes really waste over Christmas

Household waste increases by up to 30% over Christmas as thousands of tons of wrapping paper, decorations, food, bottles and unwanted gifts are thrown out.
Household waste increases by up to 30% over Christmas as thousands of tons of wrapping paper, decorations, food, bottles and unwanted gifts are thrown out. Lisa Williams

AUSTRALIANS are being asked to spare a thought for the environment as they embark on a $46.7 billion splurge on food, drink, gifts and partying in the countdown to Christmas.

Household waste increases by up to 30% over Christmas as thousands of tons of wrapping paper, decorations, food, bottles and unwanted gifts are thrown out.

Street litter also rises as Australians party through December and attend outdoor Christmas events at parks and on the beach.

Keep Australia Beautiful Chief Executive Officer Philip Robinson is asking the public to follow seven simple steps to ensure we all enjoy a clean, green Christmas.

"Christmas may come only once a year, but when it does it can create one very big mess," Mr Robinson said.

"It doesn't need to be that way though. There are lots of simple and easy ways to cut your waste at Christmas and keep litter off our streets."

Keep it clean and green this Christmas:
- Dispose of cans, bottles, Christmas cards and wrapping paper in recycling bins.
- If you're enjoying carols in the park, opt for a picnic set over paper or plastic plates.
-  If you have leftovers from Christmas dinner, compost them or (if your council allows it) put them in a green waste bin.
-  Consider buying low-waste presents such as concert tickets and gift cards.
-  If you need to wrap gifts, consider using a tea towel, scarf or cloth shopping bag that can be enjoyed long after Christmas.
-  If you are giving a gift that needs batteries, include rechargeable ones with it.
-  If you get a new TV, printer, computer or mobile, most council waste centres will recycle your old electronic goods.

About Keep Australia Beautiful:
Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than 45 years of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, KAB Programs include Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, Sustainable Cities, National Litter Index, Beverage Container Recycling Grants, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.
The KAB National website is kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia's only independent nation-wide litter research.

Topics:  christmas fraser coast keep australia beautiful



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Eight things to do on the Fraser Coast this weekend

THIS WEEKEND: Hervey Bay library Rattle & Rhyme morning for mums and children under two. Hannah Udovisi and 5 month old Maya learn about reading books.

Things to do on the Fraser Coast this weekend.

Curry serves up a second to qualify, Powers 7th

SILVER LINING: Col Curry finishes second in the junior race.

Col Curry is Wide Bay's fifth national representative.

Why correct disposal of helium balloons is vital

Dr Potvin, who has a PHD in zoology, believes the "no helium balloon policy” at shopping centres is a step in the right direction.

"It's sad but great it's got the media attention.”

Local Partners

McConnell Lookout closed for road works

North Burnett Regional Council closes McConnell Lookout for two weeks to improve safety, and replacing timber handrails and wood fire barbecues.


Musical to come to life at Brolga Theatre

The wardrobe team surrounded by fabrics and accessories in the costume room at the Brolga Theatre.

Ken is no stranger to the Maryborough music scene

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ipswich facing housing shortage: Property expert

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!