Reduce packaging and waste by buying refills where possible, buying in bulk and buying concentrates rather than diluted products.

Waste needs to be managed at community and recreation facilities in a sustainable manner by following the Waste Management Hierarchy - Avoid Reduce Reuse Recycle.

Avoid
Avoid unnecessary product consumption by not using single use items such as individual sauce containers, plastic bags and disposable cups and plates.
Reduce
Reduce packaging and waste by buying refills where possible, buying in bulk and buying concentrates rather than diluted products.
Reuse
Reuse items instead of disposing of them.
Recycle
Recycle as much as possible including paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers and steel and aluminium cans. Visit www.recycleright.com.au if you're not sure if something can be recycled or not. You can also see what other non-standard items can be recycled and where by downloading Lake Macquarie’s Recycling Directory.

Bins

All facilities have access to general garbage and recycling bins. Please try to maximise your recycling through recycling bins. You may be able to reduce the number of garbage bins you have through effective recycling.

If garbage bins and recycling bins are used at your facility and are in public spaces, please ensure that they are co-located.  If you have more garbage bins than recycling bins, extra garbage bins may be placed on their own but never place a recycling bin without a garbage bin adjacent to it.  This will help to ensure that contamination in the recycling bin is kept to a minimum.

Some facilities may also have a separate bin for the disposal of food scraps.  If appropriate, consider setting up a compost bin or worm farm at the facility to recycle organic waste.

Eco Angel program

The Eco Angel Program is designed to help schools, community groups, businesses and individuals come together and keep Lake Macquarie clean all year round.

Council will provide everything you need to clean up and will dispose of the waste you collect for free.  If users of sportsgrounds wish to clean up the grounds, gardens and surrounds of their facility, please visit the Eco Angels page on the LMCC website to register.

Page Last Updated: 29 Nov 2016