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Here are 7 Ways in 7 Days to a Low Waste Christmas!


A Chrissy tree is an essential in most households for the festive season, but what is Fake or Fresh better? Plastic trees tend to be re-used for roughly 6- 10 years but are typically resource hungry as they’re made overseas and eventually sent to landfill. Live trees also have a carbon footprint, but are a more sustainable option! But best of all? Making your own arrangements from branches or driftwood and decorating with native flowers, shells or recycled and homemade ornaments! Check out these 15 alternative Christmas trees!



Why not replace excessive Christmas wrapping paper with the crafty solution of wrapping gifts in material cut-offs, old scarves or vintage hankies! Follow the easy how-to here! https://youtu.be/MmVRm5Tvwho 


Giving is a huge part of Christmas but wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly where your gift was coming from and that it was made ethically? Why not consider buying from local markets, gifting a class like bread making, ceramics or fermenting, a massage from a local therapist or making a donation to a charity or social enterprise of your choosing!



Who doesn’t need a lazy post-Christmas lunch nap? Whilst a Christmas meal with all the trimmings is delicious to share, it’s important that half of it doesn’t end up in your bin!  Food waste is really bad for the environment, so instead of chucking out your leftovers, store correctly for the future or get creative and whip them into a new dish! Lots of recipes can be found at OzHarvest, Jamie Oliver, FoodWise and National Leftovers Day. And any food scraps that do need to be thrown out – remember to use your green bin!


Choose durable wreaths and trinkets that will last for years or make your own! Instead of using paper napkins, tablecloths, plates and cutlery, go for fabric ones that can be washed and used again. Decorate the table with flowers or pine cones and get the kids to make name tags and place settings out of last year’s Christmas paper and cards.



Shopping locally and buying seasonal ingredients is a sure way to decrease your food miles and make use of the freshest produce! Support a local farmer, fisherman or butcher and have a chat to them about what is in season, where they source their produce and how to use the whole ingredient, rather than just one part. This way you’ll end up with spending less and enjoying a more sustainable feast!



Once it’s all over? Any unwanted gifts can be exchanged with a receipt or donated to local charities or passed onto friends or family. Food waste goes into the green bin, wrapping paper, boxes and hard plastics and cans go into the yellow bin, whilst general waste gets sent to the red bin. If you managed to upgrade some electric items like a TV or laptop, make sure you dispose of all old electronic waste correctly by taking it to the free Community Recycling Centre at the Englands Road Waste Facility!



Handybin Wins Regional Business of the Year - 2016

Handybin Waste Services was named Regional Business of the Year for 2016 at the NSW Chamber Regional Business Awards in September 2016. This title was in addition to being presented the 2016 Excellence in Sustainability Award, which recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.

The awards are a great honour, as they recognise Handybin's efforts to provide services with positive environmental outcomes. Handybin has worked on several interesting, innovative projects over the years, each with the aim of reducing waste to landfill and creating a more sustainable future, both for the business and for our community.



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Coffs Coast Glass Processing Facility

The Coast Glass Processing facility; commissioned by Handybin Waste Services, was completed in June 2010 with the aim of processing, and thereby recovering thousands of tonnes of broken glass bottles and jars that previously ended up in landfill. 

The facility is capable of processing up to 150,000 kilos of broken glass per week. From July 2010 to March 2011, over 2,800,000 kilos of glass has been recovered and processed. 

The glass is processed into 3-5mm glass aggregate and <3mm glass sand which can be used in drainage, pipe embedment, concreting and road making.

It can be used by plumbers, landscapers, concreters, asphalt contractors and the home handyman.

Eco–aggregate and Eco-sand is available now for purchase in small or large quantities.


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2011 and 2012 Business of the Year

Handybin Waste Services was recently announced the Coffs Harbour Business of the Year for the second year running at the Annual Coffs Harbour Sunny's Awards for Buisness Excellence! 

Handybin, in partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen and Nambucca Councils, form Coffs Coast Waste Services, the provider of your residential three bin system. 

Not only were Handybin selected as Business of the Year, they also won three other awards. One for Excellence in Manufacturing and Innovation for the work done in the Coffs Coast Glass Processing Facility and Handybin's Secure Document Destruction Service. The award for Excellence in a Family Buisness and the judges award for Excellence in Sustainability also went to Handybin.



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