Virtual Green Heart Fair: Reduce, Reuse, Rethink

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Preserve Every Drop | Move For Less

Activities and DIYs

Make a drink coaster from old clothes

Keep yourself and the family entertained. In a few simple steps, learn how to make drink coasters at home using unwanted clothes.

Make a reusable bag from a shirt

Watch to find out how to transform your old or unwanted clothing into a stylish shopping tote bag! Minimise your fabric waste by following this easy, step-by-step DIY guide.

Upcycling reclaimed textiles into a tote bag

World’s Biggest Garage Sale show you how to upcycle your reclaimed textiles into a fun tote bag.

Use up your leftovers with this tasty leftover roast chicken ravioli recipe

OzHarvest are on a mission to rescue food waste, turning perfectly good fruit and veggie into delicious meals.

Celebrate buying nothing new this October with Revive Festival 2021

This year’s event features workshops, activations, and events throughout Buy Nothing New Month. Be inspired to create a more sustainable wardrobe, learn how to upcycle more effectively, and find ways to repair your household items to help create a clean and green Brisbane.

Tips and advice

Recycling
Be part of Brisbane’s recycling story with a green waste bin

Brisbane residents recycle more than 80,000 tonnes of green waste every year right here in South East Queensland.

Be part of Brisbane’s recycling story! Order your green waste recycling bin today.

What’s in the bin with Cleanaway

Confused about recycling? Here are a few golden rules everyone should know.

Cleanaway’s Recycling Hub is designed to answer the questions “What and how can I recycle”, clearing the confusion about things you can recycle in your kerbside bin.

Recycle with Lifeline

36,000 kg of clothes are thrown away every hour in Australia. When you donate to Lifeline you’re helping prevent items from ending up in landfill. By shopping second-hand you’re reducing your environmental footprint; saving natural resources involved in producing new clothing.

Become an Eco Champ

Being a Cleanaway Eco Champ means knowing exactly what an item is made of and how to dispose of it correctly to avoid contaminating the recycling bin with materials that don’t belong. It all begins with putting the right things in the right bin.

How to source separate everyday items

The majority of us want to recycle but only 10% are getting it right. Cleanaway are helping improve recycling outcomes by encouraging source separation of materials before they go in the bin. #BreakItDown it down for better recycling.

Glass recycling with Visy

Have you ever thought about how the glass bottles and jars you use in your everyday life are made?

Plastics
Identifying hidden plastic

Plastic is a useful and versatile material but we need to dispose of them properly and recycle wherever possible. It starts by knowing where plastics lurk in your everyday life.

Learn about the single-use plastics ban

The supply of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups are now banned in Queensland. Find out more.

Queensland Government Litter fact sheet
Food waste
Step by step guide to composting

This video will take you through the process of selecting a compost bin, choosing a location, getting started, maintaining your compost and using your finished product.

Step by step guide to worm farming

This video will take you through the process of setting up a worm farm, maintaining your worm farm, harvesting castings and worm tea and using castings and worm tea in your garden.

Circular economy
Cleanaway’s guide to the circular economy

We can continuously recycle our waste to create new products but it matters that we get our recycling right in the first place.

How society can re-think progress with a circular economy

‘Re-Thinking Progress’ explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works – designing products that can be ‘made to be made again’ and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

Watch a showcase of the Tarragindi Community Garden Compost Hub

7 revive hacks for 7 days with Brisbane City Council

Reuse

Day 1: Are you looking for new whitegoods? Try op-shops, garage sales, second-hand retailers or online second-hand marketplaces. Some items are purchased recently and because of changes to living arrangements need to be off loaded and you might find yourself a bargain!

Day 2: If you need furniture or office items, check out the World’s Biggest Garage Sale store in Morningside. Every dollar you spent provides employment to vulnerable members of our society, reshapes our linear model of disposal and invigorate the circular economy.

Repair

Day 3: Looking for a new skill? How about learning a few swing tricks like shortening a hem, sewing on buttons or darning? Check out the Nest in Everton Park for upcoming workshops!

Day 4: Before getting rid of your old furniture, ask yourself whether it can be refurbished, repaired or repainted. Check out YouTube tutorials or enrol in a workshop offered by Reverse Garbage in the Gabba. 

Reduce

Day 5: When birthdays or Christmas come around, ask friends and family to gift your children experiences instead of toys. A trip to a theme park, a horse-riding session or a visit to a trampoline park can create a fun and unforgettable memory of the time you share with your kids. 

Day 6: Before you purchase a new kitchen gadget, e.g. air fryer, ice-cream maker or pop-corn maker, think about other options. How many times will you really use it? Can you borrow one from a friend or avoid it all together? 

Recycle

Day 7: Did you know textiles made from natural fibres, e.g. cotton, hemp, bamboo, linen, wool and silk, can be composted or added to your worm farm? Don’t forget to cut them up first into small pieces.