City of Newcastle steps up war on waste with free community workshops

18 Aug 2023

City of Newcastle (CN) is empowering residents to join the war on waste with a new series of free workshops designed to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle.

Almost 30 face-to-face and online events are being delivered as part of the Low Waste Living Program, arming residents with information on how to reduce household waste and manage the rising cost of living.

The workshops will be presented by experts in their field and cover a diverse range of topics including the benefits of cloth nappies, easy green cleaning, seed saving, composting, keeping backyard chickens and how to make your own natural skincare products.

CN's popular Repair Café at Lambton Library is also going on the road to reach more residents, with events planned at Wallsend Library and Hamilton South Community Centre, while tours of Summerhill Waste Management Centre and the Wallsend Op-Shop Trail are also included in the program.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the workshops are designed to give people the knowledge to take action, and aligns with the commitments made under City of Newcastle's 20-year Sustainable Waste Strategy.

"Every year, Australians send more than 6.2 million tonnes of organic waste and 3.2 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill, and spend between $2,200 and $3,800 on food that ends up being thrown out," Cr Clausen said.

"Our Sustainable Waste Strategy is focussed on reducing unnecessary waste going to landfill and changing the way we return, reuse, repair and recycle resources.

"City of Newcastle is making a significant investment towards this goal through our planned material recovery facility and organics processing facility at Summerhill, which will provide the infrastructure needed for residents to easily increase their recycling rates.

"This investment is complemented by initiatives such as this Low Waste Living Program, which inspire changes in community attitudes and behaviours around general environmental sustainability, waste reduction, avoidance and recycling while continuing to promote local repair and reuse initiatives.

"Our Libraries and Waste Services teams are collaborating with community partners Catholic Care Social Services, Wallsend Town Business Association and Hunter Multicultural Communities to ensure these free workshops reach as many people as possible within our community so that we can encourage and empower them with practical ways to reduce waste around their home."

The program was launched with the Newcastle Repair Café and Seed Library Workshop at the Hunter Multicultural Communities in Waratah earlier this month and will continue next week with online workshops including Get into Cloth – Reusable Nappies on 22 August.

To find out more about these and other sessions visit