Waste management and the library

It may not be the most glamorous of topics, however it is an important one. 

You may have noticed the recent changes happening in Cockburn in how we dispose of our waste. With the introduction of the 3 bin system to residential households over 400 sq m, and a change in regulations on what items we can place into each of our bins. Under pressure from overseas markets and in order to be more economical, the way that we recycle has needed a bit of an overhaul. When it comes to forging a more sustainable future for our community we all need to do our part in reducing, reusing and recycling our waste.

Here at the library, we are doing our part to help out with your recycling effort. We offer a recycling hub at each of our branches where you can drop off your old batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges and light bulbs, which cannot be placed in your regular household bins. We’ll ensure that these items make their way to the proper recycling facilities for you. 

Want to learn more?

The council is hosting a number of educational sustainability programs and events for the community this year that are suitable for all ages. Come along to a worm farming workshop, or a waste-less pantry masterclass, or learn how to cut out your soft plastic use by making your own beeswax wraps. Take this opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, and make a real difference.

Also check out these great reads below that are available to borrow from the library!

Books about waste and recycling


Recycle: The Essential Guide with and introduction by Lucy Siegle

Want to know a bit more about the life-cycle of those products that we use in our everyday lives?

As the title suggests, this book is an essential guide to all things that can be recycled. From beginning to end, each material is explained in depth; how it is sourced, its impact on the environment, how the recycling process occurs and what each individual reader can do to facilitate these processes.

Turning the Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegle

Every year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic are entering our oceans, disrupting ecosystems and destroying marine life. Also of concern is that these plastics are now making their way into our food chains. This is a problem that needs to be stopped.

Lucy Siegle is one of the world’s leading pioneers in the fight against plastic pollution, and in this book she has taken a hard look at the causes of our plastic problems and the devastating effects that they have had on our planet. Through her research Lucy has developed her own 8 simple step solution to reducing plastic waste. A solution that we can all follow to help make our world a much cleaner place to live.


My Zero-waste Kitchen: easy ways to eat waste free by Ruth O’Rourke-Jones and Kate Turner

Sometimes change doesn’t need to be too drastic to make a difference. In My Zero-waste Kitchen, Ruth and Kate teach you all the little things you need to know on how to implement the three main R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse, recycle) in your kitchen. With plenty of delicious recipes and helpful tips, tricks and advice on cutting out food waste, after reading this book you will be one step closer to having a more sustainable household.

No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey

Want to help reduce the world’s waste problem? But unsure where to start, or if you even have the time?

Well Martin Dorey is here to help you out with his quick and easy #2minutesolutions. Following on from his successful #2minutuebeachclean campaign in the UK, Martin wanted to extend his reach to help make a change globally. In this book Martin has identified the small products that contribute the most to the growing waste epidemic that can easily be swapped out with more environmentally friendly items, and the good thing is, it only takes as little as 2 minutes of your time.


Upcycling by Max McMurdo

Looking for a bit of a creative challenge in your recycling efforts?

In Upcycling, Max McMurdo provides step-by-step instructions on how to repurpose your old worn and torn items and turn them into new, fresh and inventive designs. Whether its turning a skateboard into a bookshelf, a wheelbarrow into a chair or a jelly mould into a light feature, Max’s work is quirky and fun. Max helps to teach you a great set of basic craftsmen skills and provides a solid foundation for you to leap from as you start your recycling journey.

These are just a few of the extensive collection we have at the library to help you live a more sustainable life. Check out our sustainable living section at each branch.

  • This post was by Paige -library practicum student.