Clean and green: Decluttering the sustainable way

We’ve put together some handy tips to make sure your spring clean is also a green clean. Your refreshed home will 'spark joy' for you and the planet.

With spring in the air it's that time of year when people channel their inner Marie Kondo, Martha Stewart or a more historic figure in Mrs Isabella Beeton (kudos if you’re attempting the latter without a full household of staff). 

Once you've decided what you want to dispose of, separate your goods into five categories: Fix, sell, giveaway, recycle or landfill. Read on for a range of options to avoid landfill and de-clutter your life!

Bringing an old belt back to life.

AVOID THE TRASH BUT PASS ON THE TREASURES.

Plastic lids can be recycled into prosthetic limbs for children. Drop in your donations to OmMade Meet the Maker.

Green waste collected by the City of Adelaide is turned into compost.

If you can’t recycle, reuse or repair it, and your unwanted items won’t fit in your landfill bin, city residents can call 8295 5077 to book a City of Adelaide hard waste collection. Find out how to make an online booking and what items can and can’t be collected. 

There are lots of sustainability Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle, rethink, recover, repair, rehome, replant, rot, replenish … the list goes on. Commit to your own green growth this year and set up systems to collect smaller items to redirect landfill to recycling or recycling to repurposing. Keep jars or tins in the laundry or under the sink marked 'plastic lids', 'batteries', 'craft items', 'paper for shredding' ... or for anything else you can collect and redirect. 

Be a thoughtful consumer and set yourself up to keep your home organised and looking fabulous.


If you're looking for inspiration on how to make the most of spring in the city - be sure to check out our handy spring guide!