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The 6Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, respect, replenish and refuse)

Wise Words


With over 22 million Australians, we make a lot of rubbish. If we all lived by the 6Rs it would make a big difference.


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The Facts



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Could these items be repaired to make them last a little longer? Maybe some things could be reused or recycled and made into something else? What about the packaging - love it or leave it? Rethinking the way we use resources can help to reduce landfill, cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, ease the pressure on our natural environment and save us money! Be on the lookout for special tricks, such as advertising, that hook you in to 'needing' more stuff.

Find out how you can help your school reduce its waste with the help of SCRAP Ltd, a professional business that gives the best advice on the 6Rs you can find!


One of the easiest ways to reduce landfill is to build a compost and worm farm. Food scraps and other plant-based materials such as paper and cardboard can be used to feed the worms. They will break it down to organic material that can be used as natural fertiliser in the garden. Maybe you can help your school to compost its organic waste? Watch this informative video to learn the basics so you can get started!



When shopping with mum or dad to buy something new, look for good quality stuff that's built to last. Buy products with a warranty to make repairing or replacing them easy and cheap. Sometimes it's cheaper for companies to give us a brand new item because the cost of repair is too expensive. Sometimes companies also sell products that are not built to last, but only work until the next model is released - they call this whacky idea "planned obsolescence". Always think before you buy and look after your things to make them last for the long haul.



We use around 300 plastic bags a year. They can end up in waterways and kill marine life. Start a campaign to reduce this number. Make funky fabric bags and sell them at school.

Fantastic fact

The average family throws out 13,000 pieces of paper annually. How much of that is junk mail? Show your family Jack Johnson's song about the Rs to help them learn recycle!


Green Lane Hero

Kathleen, NSW

One of our 2012 Green Lane Heroes, Kathleen, faced her fears by starting a worm farm despite not liking the squirmy creatures.  After learning all about the problems by reading the diary and watching documentaries, Kathleen wanted to teach others what they could do to help. She approached her neighbours and friends to give them suggestions for living a greener life.  Transforming rubbish into something amazing is another of her passions.  Who knew that a Pringles can makes a beautiful kaleidoscope! What can you upcycle?

Maybe your school can start composting! Here are some instructions on how to make compost in a bottle so you can get started!


Action Ideas

- Contact your local council or community garden network. Invite a representative to talk to your class about how to set up a compost bin or worm farm in your school.


- You can use the fantastic Compost Kids website to help you find all the information you need to prepare your presentation!


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Most paper and plastic packaging can be recycled in the recycling bin. But landfill sites are piled high with items that could have been recycled. Zero Waste South Australia is one of the world's leaders in recycling. Other states and territories around Australia are starting to follow in their footsteps. South Australians receive a 10 cents refund when they recycle things at collection depots. Around Australia we have systems for recycling chemicals, oil, batteries and even old X-Rays!

Wouldn't it be nice to know how much other countries recycle? Don't wonder any longer by checking out the Australian Conservation Foundation's consumption Atlas!



Every year Australians consume more than 4 billion supermarket plastic bags! And we only recycle 3 per cent - the rest end us as rubbish in our environment or in landfill.

Plastic Soup is a really clever short film about plastic waste pollution. The music for the film was made entirely from recycled plastic waste products - how clever! Instruments were made from items in the rubbish/recycle bin, like a drumkit made from a used roll of tape and percussion instruments  made from  forks, lids, containers and of course, plastic bags.

Plastic Soup is the story of the relationship between a man and a plastic bag that stalks him through the suburban streets of Bondi, Australia. The man is blind to the plastic pollution in his environment and so the bag chases him to be noticed; to challenge the man to acknowledge it.


Watch the Plastic Soup video!



More than 20 years ago, Australian yachtsman Ian Kiernan organised the first of many 'Clean Up Australia' days. 40,000 volunteers joined him in Sydney Harbour. Since then, the numbers have grown into the millions and spread across the entire globe. 'Clean Up the World' is not only about picking up rubbish. It's about repairing the damage our rubbish has caused and protecting our natural environment for future generations.


This year Green Cross Australia received funding from through the Everyone's Environment Grant, to run the Green Lane Clean Up, which you may have been a part of ! Students from Caboolture all the way up to the Torres Strait have been taking part in the Clean Up and picking up 100s and 100s of kilograms of rubbish! Check out some of the pictures below!


More Juicy Stuff...

Ever heard of Aquaponics? It's where fish and plants are grown together... well, in two different, but connected containers. The water with fish poo in it is used as fertilizer for the plants, reducing the need for chemical nutrients. The plant soil acts like a filter and keeps the fishes' water fresh and clean.





Thinking outside the square about different ways to use the land and our resources is fun! The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) built a community centre on an old rubbish tip in Victoria. Together with local volunteers, the people at CERES converted the local tip to an 'eco-oasis' for the local community. Check out this video to learn more about what CERES offers local community!





HANDS ON! Sometimes it can be a little tricky to know what is waste, organic and recyclable...

We don't want to put things into the wrong bin because then we risk sending things to landfill.

Try out 'Ollies Super Hero Sorting Game' to improve your sorting skills!!



Many things that we need come from our natural environment.  Paper is made from trees and glass is made from sand. We need to respect everything we use and replenish what we take. Planting more trees in forestry, creating marine reserves to prevent over-fishing and using only what we need are ways of doing this. Which of the 6Rs is the easiest to do? Which one do you need to work at improving?


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Tips and Resources

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We have compiled a list of ideas just to get you going. Try these eco activities - share them with your family and friends. Rate your progress. Be honest so you know what you can work on.


From waste, water and energy to what you eat and what you buy - its all about taking action...  Together we can make a difference!

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