Waste reduction resources

FOGO waste

The City of Hobart aims to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030. That means working together to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can and reduce waste.

Below are some resources to help us achieve this goal together.

City of Hobart waste and recycling fact sheets

Learn what goes in your:

Want to know more? Download the A to Z of Recyclables(PDF, 23KB) list. Here is the flyer to see what can be dropped off at the Council Centre recycling unit(PDF, 602KB).  

Are you curious to know what happens to the rubbish you put into your bins? Download the following flyers:

Food waste comprises nearly half of the rubbish in an average household rubbish bin. Learn how to home compost with a free booklet ‘Home Composting in Hobart’(PDF, 3MB). It covers topics from worm farms to keeping chooks, as well as advice for common composting problems and how to build a no-dig garden.

Single-use plastic reduction resources

The City now has a by-law than bans single-use plastics at takeaway food retailers, which will be enforceable from 1 July 2021. The enforceable date was delayed a year due to COVID-19.

The by-law is designed to reduce plastic litter and waste going to landfill.

The below resources have been developed to assist both businesses and the community transition away from single-use plastics. 

Visit the single-use plastic by-law page for further information.

Schools Waste Audit Toolkit

The City provides all the equipment needed to run a waste audit in Hobart schools.

A waste audit is a great learning tool for students and a practical starting point for schools looking to better understand their waste. Once an audit is complete, schools are able to make an informed plan and take action to reduce waste.  

The kit is designed to be used in conjunction with the Rethink Waste Schools Program which includes all the information and instructions for you to run a waste audit and take action at your school.

The program is available at the Rethink Waste website.

The equipment is available at no charge but you do need to book it and return it clean, dry and complete.

To book, or for more information or additional support for your school’s recycling and waste diversion efforts contact: coh@hobartcity.com.au

Tasmania’s Waste Management Groups's recycling information

The three regional Waste Management Groups have collaborated to produce Tasmanian-specific recycling information. The content explains the business of recycling and the national and international context in which it operates.

The materials include Q&As on the business of recycling(PDF, 6MB), a Recycling Commodities(PDF, 190KB) table showing where Tasmanian kerbside recycling materials are sent for processing and the proportion of these materials, plus a Non-kerbside Recycling Services(PDF, 182KB) table that lists other resource-recovery services available across Tasmania.

About the Groups

Cradle Coast Waste Services, Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group and Southern Tasmanian Waste Group were established by their local member councils (25 councils across the state) to coordinate waste management services, develop and implement waste management and recycling projects, and encourage community best practices in waste reduction and resource recovery.

The Groups are currently implementing public education and awareness activities as defined in a statewide communications plan.

Rethink Waste Tasmania

Rethink Waste Tasmania provides a number of resources and links to help reduce, reuse and recycle in order to decrease the amount of waste that ends up as landfill.

Women's Health Tasmania - The Undies Project

The Undies Project logo

The Undies Project is a pilot project run by Women's Health Tasmania, and supported by the City of Hobart through our Urban Sustainability Grant.

The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing for Tasmanian women, by providing sustainable menstrual products to distribute to socio-economically disadvantaged women living in the Hobart area.

Those who are eligible can apply to receive 5 pairs of reusable, period friendly underwear in their size.

Save money and the planet

Pads and tampons have a lot of plastic in them. They end up on our tips and they contribute to landfill. Landfill contributes to global warning by causing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pads and tampons are single use. You can use period friendly underwear over and over. In the end, they’re cheaper.

I’m in! How do I join the project?

You can find more information, including a link to sign up, on The Undies Project website.

The Undies Project