A workshop held at Food is Free Green Space on Saturday will empower residents to think about recycling beyond their kerbside bin.
Run by La Vergne Lehmann and Paul Lehmann (Captain Compost) from Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, the workshop will take participants on a recycling journey that begins with household purchasing decisions.
"Recycling starts from the moment you go shopping," Ms Lehmann said.
"It is about looking at what you are buying, how you are buying it, and what are your options. You do have options to buy items in recycled or recyclable materials."
While buying products in packaging made from recyclable materials is a good option, Ms Lehmann said it was important consumers considered avoiding waste in the first place.
It is getting the eye to see and think about where things are coming from and where they go to.Paul Lehmann
Suggestions to reduce household waste include looking at buying in bulk and growing your own fresh food.
The workshop will also cover the next step of the recycling journey - how to manage waste at home - with discussion on composting food scraps and paper waste.
Other household recycling focuses include correctly disposing of e-waste for recycling and how to create less waste at Christmas.
"It is getting the eye to see and think about where things are coming from and where they go to," Mr Lehmann said.
In addition to hosting the recycling education workshop, Food Is Free also launched new large-scale recycling bins at its Green Space for National Recycling Week, where residents can drop off shredded paper and paper materials for compost.
Food Is Free also accepts egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, glass jars and other items for recycling.
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