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Avoid, Reuse, Recycle


Avoidance is the key component to waste elimination. By avoiding waste we save resources and decrease the amount of waste for disposal. Leichhardt supports Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR provides the incentive to producers to design products for longevity, reuse, re-manufacturing and recycling by making them responsible for their products throughout the entire life of the product. EPR schemes include up-front levies, deposit-refunds, such as Container Deposits and physical take-back of products, e.g. for electronic wastes (e-waste) such as computers, TVs, batteries. In Australia most EPR Schemes are voluntary for the take-back of products.

The National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme

Leichhardt Council offers a TV and Computer drop off at its Weekend Transfer Station under the TV/Computer Scheme. Visit Council's Recycling Guide for information on Council's drop off and over 60 drop off points across NSW.

Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)

A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) refers to the collection of drink containers and receiving a cash refund for each container returned. Depending on the deposit system, containers can be returned to the manufacturers via the retailer, to designated collection depots, reverse vending machines or recovered as part of existing waste or recycling collection system.

Visit Clean up Australia and the Boomerang Alliance Campaign for more information and ways to support Container Deposit Schemes.

Food Waste Avoidance

Australians throw out up to 20% of the food they purchase. This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they purchase! Visit Do Something! Food Wise for fast food waste facts, tips to reduce food waste, food storage tips and cooking with leftovers.

You can also recycle your food scraps. Read more about this on our Food Recycling page.


Council facilitates the community’s ability to re-use through a number of programs.

  • Second Hand Saturday is a neighbourhood garage sale program in individual households to encourage reuse, rather than disposal of goods.
  • The Bower Reuse Referral Centre is a Council-funded centre where residents can phone to get information on where to take goods for reuse/recycling.


There are many ways that you can recycle. Apart from common bottle and can recycling you can also compost and worm farm. Leichhardt has developed an A-Z Recycling Guide to help you make the most of your recycling.

Read the other Guides below to find more ways of recycling your food scraps, how to purchase your recycling / compost products and cleaning the natural way.

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery - Policy, Legislation and Strategy

In 2001 the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act (2001) (WARR Act) set up a waste hierarchy of:

  • Avoidance of unnecessary resource use
  • Resource recovery (including reuse, reprocessing, recycling and energy recovery)
  • Disposal

Under the Act, a Waste Avoidance & Resource Recovery Strategy was developed in 2007 that set the framework for waste management within the state.

A review of the current 2007 strategy has been completed and a new Draft NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-21 is now released for public comment.

We can minimise our waste by practising three key elements - avoidance, re-using and/or recycling.