Packaging Tip Number 4 // Do a Recycling Bin Audit

Packaging Tip Number 4 // Do a Recycling Bin Audit

Australians throw away around 1.9 million tonnes of packaging each year. Enough to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground nine times over. 

Whilst companies need to do better with their packaging, we as consumers need to do better too, if we don’t buy their packaging they will need to stop making it.


Doing a recycling bin audit is really powerful as it shows you the reality of your waste, and what you need to change.

We can often think we don’t buy a lot of a particular thing until we visually see it in front of us, and if we aren’t fully aware of it then we can’t change it.

I would suggest changing one thing at a time, I always say do one thing at a time, feel like a legend and then move onto another thing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that we need to change so changing one thing at a time really helps with the overwhelm.


1. Just before your recycling bin is due to be emptied, empty the contents onto a tarp in your garden or driveway.

2. Sort the items into categories, plastic bottles, milk bottles, cardboard etc

3. Take a photo, you can use this photo to make your 2nd change.

4. Look at what category you have the most of and swap that item out for a product that is in eco-friendly packaging.

and if you need any help, let me know 🧡

Have you done a bin audit?

What did you end up swapping out for a more eco-friendly product?

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