Waste News & Events

Love Food, Hate Waste

In NSW, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill is food.  That adds up to about $10 billion worth of good food that’s being thrown away every year by NSW households.

With the festive season fast approaching it’s a great opportunity to think about the role that food plays in our celebrations and set positive intentions to champion our fresh produce and reduce the amount of food we throw away. 

The NSW Government has launched a state-wide educational program, Food Smart to help people develop positive food waste avoidance behaviours.

Food Smart is a free online program to help NSW households reduce food waste. Over six weeks, email updates provide advice, tips and information to help you save both food and money.

Oh, and let’s not forget the environmental benefits! When food waste is placed in landfill it breaks down and releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/ and sign up for the free on-line Food Smart program today

Food Smart | Love Food Hate Waste (nsw.gov.au)

 

Solid Waste Facility FAQs

Council is moving to a new operation of the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility (SWF) from 1 January 2021.  After many years dedicated service provided by local contractor, Henry Plant and Equipment Hire, Council will be commencing ‘in-house’ operation of the facility.

Council has developed a list of frequently asked questions that can be downloaded from the link below.

National Asbestos Awareness Week

National Asbestos Awareness Week 2020, Monday, 23 November to Sunday, 29 November, reminds Australians to be asbestos aware before they start any work around the home.

Asbestos can be easily disturbed when doing renovations, home improvements and maintenance. 

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and inhaling asbestos fibres can cause a number of life-threatening diseases including pleural disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians have increased their love of DIY and are using the extra time at home to do some home improvements and maintenance.

But what they may not know is that this work could be putting their health or someone else’s health at risk. Asbestos materials are still commonly found in corrugated roof sheeting, bathrooms, laundries, and kitchens as well as behind tiles and under flooring.

All asbestos waste is to be taken to the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility. Asbestos is not accepted at any of the rural landfills or transfer stations.

For more information and safety guidelines go to Council’s website https://council.lithgow.com/waste-recycling/asbestos/  

 

Check It! Before You Chuck It –  Australasian Recycling Label

‘Check It! Before You Chuck It’ to know which bin to recycle in. We are encouraging Australians across the country to check the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), as part of a nationwide scheme to help take the confusion out of recycling. The ARL provides easy to understand instructions on how to correctly recycle all parts of a product’s packaging. Look for the ARL today! www.arl.org.au