In order to make the most of the resources we have, disposing of waste to garbage bins (red lidded) should be our last resort. Camden Council offers residents the choice of three general garbage bin sizes: 80 litre, 120 litre and 240 litre.
Having a smaller bin is not only good for the environment, but will also save you money. The cost of a garbage service varies according to the size of the bin, and whether the property is in a rural or urban area. View Council's Fees and Charges for pricing information.
The waste hierarchy supports the objectives of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001. Council promotes the waste hierarchy by encouraging residents to Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Avoid: try not to purchase or use something if you do not have to, especially if it cannot be reused or recycled.
Reduce: reduce the amount you purchase or use.
Reuse: when you have finished with a product, see whether it can be used again for the same or a different purpose.
Recycle: make the product available for recycling. Use your yellow and blue bin or the brown bin; whichever is suitable.
Energy Recovery: utilise the product in energy recovery.
Dispose: it should only be after these steps that you need to put anything into the red bin.