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Halve Your Household Waste

  • Canberra Environment Centre Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent Acton ACT 2601 (map)

"One week = one shopping bag full of rubbish.  There are two adults and three children in the house.  Our challenge has been set.  Impossible!  I hear you say.  Well here's how we did it".  

That's Mia Swainson, environmental engineer and lifestyle writer for HerCanberra.  Mia set her young and busy family a challenge to significantly reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill each week, and succeeded!  Join Mia for some simple and practical tips for reducing, reusing and recycling with your family.  Mia will walk you through the basics of waste separation, worm farming, keeping chickens and more.

Optional Activity: Household waste audit of current situation

The first step to halving your household waste is to understand  the waste that you’re currently producing.  So that you can get the most out of the workshop, please take a look at your green household waste bin in the week leading up to the workshop, before you put it out for collection, and estimate the percentage make-up in your waste stream.  Bring along your response to the workshop and we’ll discuss them on the day.

In the last week, please estimate the contents of your green household waste bin.

Give each item a % value, with the total adding up to 100%

Food waste  _____

Garden waste ____

Building waste ____

Textiles/ Shoes ____

Soft plastic ____

Recyclable items ____

Other ____


If you are experiencing financial hardship but would still like to attent please contact us 6248 0885 to make alternative arrangements

Refund Policy: Please kindly note that tickets are non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to other workshops if notification is given at least 21 days prior to the workshop. Tickets are non-transferrable after this time.

Accessibility: the Canberra Environment Centre has an accessibility ramp and spacious indoor area. The CEC has two regular sized toilet cubicles. For all accessibility enquiries please contact us 6248 0885

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Later Event: 26 September
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