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Waste Reduction Tips and Resources

Practicing reduce and reuse, the first two Rs of the 3Rs, helps reduce the total amount of waste generated on the Sunshine Coast. Here are some ideas and resources to help reduce waste on a daily basis.

Tips for Reducing Waste

1. Rethink how you shop or consume

  • Ask yourself if an item is truly needed.
  • Refuse unnecessary items (e.g. like swag, take out containers etc.).
  • Search for second-hand items first before buying new.
  • Buy quality, long-lasting and durable items.
  • Buy items in bulk, in concentrate or in refillable and/or recyclable packaging.‚Äč

2. Repair and share

  • Borrow, share or rent items if possible such as tools, gardening equipment and baby gear.
  • Repair your items instead of buying new.
  • Click here for sharing and repairing options on the Coast.

3. Refuse single-use items and packaging when you can!

  • Bring a reusable coffee mug, water bottle and reusable bags everywhere you go.
  • Pack work and school lunches in reusable containers.
  • Have your own set of reusable cutlery, chopsticks and straw for work, eating out and school.
  • Host events with real dishware whenever possible and ask others to bring their own dishes.
  • Bring your own container to take-out restaurants and cafes and ask staff them to use it.

4. ‘Just say no’ to plastic in your life, as often as possible

  • Bring reusable shopping bags and produce bags to the grocery store and shops.
  • Love tap water and give a pass on bottled water.
  • Cover leftover food with beeswax wrap or plates or put in reusable containers, instead of using plastic cling wrap.
  • Refuse to buy products that come in un-recyclable plastic packaging.
  • Learn what plastic is and isn’t recyclable. Check out the SCRD Guide to Depot Recycling for what's accepted.

5. Reduce paper use

  • Minimize junk mail by leaving a note for Canada Post on your mailbox. Instructions are here.
  • Use one-sided paper for notes and rough copies, share and edit documents online and set the printer default to double-side at home and at work.
  • Change to paperless e-bills. The SCRD has this option for utility bills and dog licence invoices at
  • Use cloth rags and hand towels instead of paper towels.
  • Buy paper that has a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
  • Switch to e-subscriptions for magazines and newspapers.


Story of Stuff
Clean Bin Project Movie
Minimalism – A Documentary about the Important Things
A Plastic Ocean - documentary
David Suzuki - Queen of Green
Zero Waste Home
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up