Environment & Waste

Waste Education

Red, Yellow and Green Bins


Would you like to learn more about waste and recycling in Gosford City? Council has a wide range of waste education and resources available for people of all ages.


If you are interested in receiving recycling or waste education resources for use at a school, community facility, your home or your place of work, please email waste@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or call 02 4325 8222 during business hours.

1Coast, 1World

1Coast 1World also provides a range of different waste education resources for your use.

This includes information for school assignments or fun and games for the children.

Information on the 1Coast Education ​page includes:

  • Latest 1Coast news, events and competitions;
  • Information booklets for residents and students regarding your domestic waste and recycling service;
  • Information regarding your domestic waste and recycling service;
  • School and community group tours of the recycling facilities;
  • Printable activity sheets and online games; and
  • Mr Yellow news and tips. 

Food waste

Food waste accounts for 36 per cent of the waste that Gosford residents put in their red general waste bins.

This has many detrimental effects on both the environment and your wallet. Reduce the food waste you send to landfill by avoiding over production and wastage of food and by composting or worm-farming unavoidable food waste.

Organic matter such as food waste is detrimental on many levels.

  • Food waste when buried at the landfill will ferment resulting in the production of a powerful greenhouse gas, methane. Methane has a greenhouse gas potential 21 times greater than carbon. The amount of methane produced at our landfills is substantial, so much that Gosford Council now traps this methane and generates electricity from it (see story about this electricity production on the landfill page).
  • Food waste being disposed of in the general waste bin is filling our landfill sites unnecessarily quickly. If we can keep food waste from the landfill these sites will have a longer lifespan, therefore saving Council and rate payers money. 
  • Food wastage is costing you money. The average New South Wales household throws out over $1000 of edible food every year. New South Wales wide, we throw out over 2.5 billion dollars of edible food per year. 

Love Food, Hate Waste campaign

Love Food, Hate Waste is a NSW government program raising awareness about the food we waste and the impact it has on our environment.

Research has shown that the main reasons that we waste food are because:

  • We cook too much;
  • We throw out leftovers;
  • We over-purchase because we do not plan our meals; and
  • We store food incorrectly so it spoils. 

This site has lots of useful resources and ideas including:

  • Delicious recipes for leftover food;
  • Meal planners; and
  • Portion size calculators. 

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