When most people think of reducing their personal waste, they might think about getting better at separating their rubbish into the council-provided recycling bins or starting a compost bin.
But what does waste really mean? According to Zero Waste Victoria, it’s more than what goes into the rubbish bin. Waste is produced any time a resource isn’t used fully or in a sustainable way.
Sadly, waste is everywhere in society - almost everything we buy has a waste component to it. And the more waste produced, the more of the earth’s resources are depleted and the environment polluted.
Practicing a literal “zero waste” life is simply not possible - all of us leave behind some kind of mark. But Zero Waste Victoria aims to educate society about waste reduction with just a few simple steps.
ANZ Account Manager, Sylvia Lo Piccolo, initially became involved with Zero Waste Victoria when she followed their Facebook page.
“I've always been conscious about my waste and tried to be eco-friendly by avoiding unnecessary printing at work and using a reusable water bottle,” she says. “The rubbish and plastic crisis really concerned me so when I found the Zero Waste Victoria group, I decided to start volunteering.
“I became heavily involved in the group and when we eventually decided to become a not-for-profit organisation, I became the treasurer.”