The Smart Way to Recycle Aerosol Cans in Western Australia

Recycling aerosol cans in Western Australia requires careful consideration due to their pressurized nature, which introduces complexities and risks in the recycling process. The incorrect disposal of these cans not only poses significant environmental hazards but also safety risks, including the potential for explosions and pollution when they end up in landfills. To address these challenges and mitigate risks, specialized facilities are equipped with the necessary tools and procedures to safely decompress and recycle aerosol cans.

For residents looking to responsibly dispose of aerosol cans, the Recycle Right website serves as a valuable resource, offering guidance and information on locating facilities across Western Australia that can handle these items safely. By leveraging such resources, individuals can ensure that their disposal efforts contribute to environmental conservation rather than harm.

For recycling aerosol cans, DO ensure they’re completely empty and DON’T attempt to puncture or crush them. Remove plastic caps but keep labels for identification. DON’T mix them with regular recycling; instead, locate a designated facility. Preparation involves emptying the can and ensuring it’s free from hazardous materials.

To further ease the recycling process, individuals are encouraged to store their aerosol cans until they have accumulated enough to justify a trip to a recycling facility. This not only makes the process more efficient but also encourages community participation. Coordinating with neighbors to collect a larger quantity of cans for recycling can foster a sense of community and shared responsibility for environmental stewardship.

In addition to recycling, considering alternatives to aerosol products can significantly reduce waste and environmental impact. Options such as pump sprays or refillable containers offer sustainable alternatives that minimize the need for pressurized cans, further supporting efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainability in Western Australia.

For info on other tricky-to-recycle items, see our Specialist Recycling Page!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Dive into the world of baking with this gluten-free banana bread recipe that’s as nutritious as it is delicious. Combining banana bread mix with eggs or a flax meal alternative, vegetable oil, and ripe bananas, this recipe promises a moist, flavorful loaf every time.

Let’s explore this gluten-free banana bread recipe further. To understand how it contributes to a health-conscious lifestyle, consider the advantages of using specific ingredients. Gluten-free banana bread mix offers an inclusive option for those with gluten sensitivities. This ensures everyone can enjoy this home-baked delight without worry. By choosing to incorporate flax meal this adds an extra fiber boost. The use of vegetable oil ensures the bread remains moist and tender. Additionally, the natural sweetness of ripe bananas reduces the need for added sugars, making it a healthier choice.

Baking this banana bread not only fills your kitchen with a warm, inviting aroma but also supports sustainable eating habits by encouraging the use of whole, unprocessed ingredients. Pairing it with a light glaze of melted apricot jam adds a subtle sweetness and a glossy finish, making it irresistible. This recipe is a testament to how simple, mindful ingredient choices can lead to delicious, healthful outcomes, perfect for sharing with loved ones.


500g Banana Bread Mix from Wasteless Pantry

4 eggs (or 4 Tbsp flax meal in 6 Tbsp of water)

150g vegetable oil

500g banana pulp

Mix banana bread mix, oil, and egg until well combined. Add banana pulp and mix for a further minute. Bake at 160C in a greased pan for 25 to 40 minutes until baked through. If desired, lightly glaze the top with melted apricot jam.

Happy baking!

Easy Homemade Tortilla Recipe for a Flavorful Taco Night

Using this homemade tortilla recipe to create delicious tortillas from scratch is a game-changer for any meal. This effortless recipe only requires flour, salt, water, and oil, blending these ingredients into a dough that forms the base of your culinary canvas. The beauty of homemade tortillas lies in their versatility—roll them out for bite-sized delights or larger canvases for your favorite fillings. After a quick chill, they’re ready to be rolled thin and cooked to perfection. Whether wrapped around savory ingredients or sweet concoctions, these tortillas add a homemade touch of love to your dishes, making every bite a memorable one.


150g flour

A pinch of salt

100ml cold water

1 Tbsp oil

Instructions for Homemade Tortilla Recipe:

Mix flour, salt, cold water, and oil in a bowl to form a dough.

Divide the dough into 24 balls for bite-sized tortillas or fewer balls for larger ones. Refrigerate the dough balls for 10 minutes to make them easier to roll out.

Roll each ball out thin on a lightly floured surface.

Fry each tortilla in a hot pan for about 1 minute on each side, or until lightly golden and cooked through.

Enjoy your freshly made tortillas with your favorite fillings, from savory meats and cheeses to sweet treats. Homemade tortillas bring a touch of authenticity and love to every bite!

Making tortillas at home not only reduces packaging waste but also complements sustainable eating, especially when paired with the Vegan Taco Meal Jar from Wasteless Pantry. This combination promotes minimal waste and supports a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle.

DIY Jamsetta Recipe: Perfect Your Homemade Jams

In the world of home cooking, creating your own jam holds a special place. It’s not just about the delightful flavors but also the joy of crafting something truly yours. Enter the magic of making your own DIY Jamsetta Recipe —a crucial mix that transforms your fruit concoctions into luscious jams with the perfect set and tang.

The key to a great homemade jam lies not just in the fruit but in the setting. That’s where your DIY Jamsetta comes into play. Combining caster sugar for sweetness, pectin for the perfect gel-like consistency, and citric acid for a tangy kick and setting aid, this mix ensures your jam has just the right texture and a balanced taste.

To make your DIY Jamsetta Recipe, simply whisk together 30g of caster sugar, 15g of pectin, and 10g of citric acid that you bought package-free from Wasteless Pantry. This blend is your secret weapon in jam-making. When you start cooking down your chosen fruit, adding your homemade Jamsetta will elevate the mixture from a simmering fruit compote to a splendid jam ready to grace any toast, scone, or dessert.

One of the beauties of making your own Jamsetta is the customization it allows. Depending on the fruit you’re using or your taste preferences, you can adjust the ratios slightly. Some fruits may require more pectin for setting, while others might benefit from a bit more citric acid for that zesty flavor profile.

This DIY approach not only gives you control over what goes into your jams—free from preservatives and unnecessary additives—but also deepens the connection between you and the food you consume and share. Whether you’re a seasoned jam-maker or a curious newbie, creating your own Jamsetta mix is a small step toward more mindful and sustainable cooking practices. Happy jamming!

Gluten-Free Hi-Fibre Pancake Mix Recipe

This Gluten-Free Hi-Fibre Pancake Mix recipe offers a nutritious start to the day, perfect for health-conscious and dietary-restricted individuals. It’s vegan-friendly, and free from common allergens like gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, eggs, dairy, and nuts, ensuring it’s safe for nearly everyone without sacrificing taste. Made with wholegrain chickpea flour and resistant starches, it promises a delicious, high-fiber meal with just the addition of water. This mix is an effortless way to enjoy a wholesome, tasty breakfast that benefits the whole family.

To use the Gluten Free Hi-Fibre Pancake Mix, simply mix it with water or milk, let it rest for fluffier pancakes, and cook on a greased, medium-heated frypan. This easy process ensures delicious, golden brown pancakes that are both nutritious and allergy-friendly, making them a perfect breakfast option for the whole family.

How to make Gluten-Free Hi-Fibre Pancakes

1. Pre-heat frypan over medium heat and grease well.

2. Add 250g of mix to a shaker bottle (reused 2L milk bottle) or bowl.

3. Add 270mL of water or milk. Replace the lid and shake the bottle thoroughly for 2-3 minutes – open the lid carefully and release the air after 1 minute. If using a bowl, stir thoroughly for 2-3 minutes. For fluffier pancakes let the mixture rest for 15 minutes – add more water if the mixture becomes too thick.

4. Pour the pancake mixture into the pan to the desired size.

5. Cook over low to medium heat for approx. 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Serve your Gluten Free Hi-Fibre Pancakes topped with fresh fruits, a dollop of yogurt, or a drizzle of maple syrup for a delightful and healthy breakfast. Additionally, for an extra nutrient boost, sprinkle on some seeds or nuts. This versatile base welcomes all your favorite toppings, making it a perfect meal to start your day with both taste and nutrition.

Purchasing unpackaged goods from bulk food stores, like Wasteless Pantry, significantly benefits the environment by minimizing packaging waste and reducing food waste. Furthermore, this shopping method encourages buying only what you need. Thereby promoting a healthier lifestyle through fresh, less processed ingredients. It’s a sustainable choice that supports a cleaner planet.

Chocolate Brownie Mudcake Mix Recipe

For a delightful baking experience that’s both versatile and waste-reducing, the choc brownie mix from Wasteless Pantry is your go-to option. This mix not only allows you to whip up delicious chocolate brownies but also serves as a base for mud cakes and mug cakes.

This versatile mix not only simplifies the baking process but also invites creativity into your kitchen. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or feeling adventurous, the mix can be customized to suit your taste. This flexibility ensures that your desserts will always be a hit, catering to a wide range of preferences and dietary needs. For customizing your bake with the versatile mix, a good starting point is adding up to 1 cup (about 175g) of your chosen extras, whether it’s dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips. This amount ensures a delightful burst of flavor and texture without overwhelming the original recipe. Adjust based on your preference and the specific add-ins you choose!

Get what you need unpackaged! To further your waste reduction efforts, consider using reusable baking mats instead of disposable parchment paper. Not only do these mats help minimize waste, but they also offer a non-stick surface, making your baking process smoother and more eco-friendly.

How to use


500g choc brownie mix

250ml water

75g pecan or walnut pieces

Combine all ingredients, spread onto a standard greased baking tray, and bake 190C for 30 minutes.


500g choc brownie mix

50g butter/vegetable oil

50g dark choc buttons

200ml hot water

25 ml whiskey (optional)

1. Melt butter & choc in hot water, and stir in whiskey.

2. Add brownie mix and mix well

3. Bake at 160C until baked (approx. 50 mins)

* For a denser mud cake, increase choc and butter to 75g each

Want to try it as a mug cake? Click here.

Prefer something vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free? Check out this GF Brownie recipe instead.

Sustainable Shaving Solutions: Switch to Reusable Safety Razors

Looking for sustainable shaving solutions? Switching to reusable safety razors from Wasteless Pantry is a step towards sustainable grooming. Unlike disposable razors, these durable alternatives reduce waste and offer a closer shave. Pairing them with a shaving puck, instead of aerosol creams, enhances this eco-friendly experience. Blades need changing depending on usage, ensuring optimal performance. Used blades can be collected and recycled, aligning with eco-conscious practices. This choice not only elevates your shaving routine but also significantly diminishes your environmental footprint.

How to Use a Safety Razor:

  1. Prepare Your Skin: Use warm water to soften your skin and hair. This makes shaving smoother.
  2. Use the Shaving Puck: Wet the shaving brush, swirl it on the puck to create a rich lather, and apply it to your skin. This replaces aerosol creams, reducing waste.
  3. Shaving: Hold the safety razor at a 30-degree angle to your skin. Use short, light strokes without applying pressure, and shaving with the grain rather than against it.

Blade Replacement: Depending on your shaving frequency and hair coarseness, replace blades when the shave feels rough or uncomfortable.

Recycling Blades: Collect used blades in a metal container. Once full, seal it and label it as ‘sharps.’ Check with local recycling centers for disposal options.

Switching to a reusable safety razor can significantly reduce waste, potentially replacing hundreds of disposable razors over its lifetime. The exact number depends on how frequently you shave and replace disposable razors, but considering the lifespan of a quality reusable razor and the durability of its blades, the environmental impact is profound.

Refill Over Recycle: The Path to Sustainable Grocery Shopping

Sustainable grocery shopping can be done! In the realm of sustainable living, choosing to refill rather than recycle or compost packaging during your weekly grocery shop emerges as a superior choice. Especially within the context of Western Australia. While recycling and composting have their merits, they’re hampered by limitations and inefficiencies. A significant portion of materials cannot be recycled locally. Many must be transported interstate or even internationally for processing, increasing carbon footprints and undermining the sustainability of the recycling process.

Moreover, the distinction between home compostable and industrially compostable materials adds another layer of complexity. Items like disposable coffee cups, are often marketed as ‘compostable’. Typically these require industrial facilities to break down, facilities that are not universally accessible. This means that without the proper processing, these items may not decompose as intended, leading to potential environmental harm.

Refilling, on the other hand, minimizes waste from the outset. By using reusable containers and purchasing products in bulk, consumers significantly reduce the need for single-use packaging. This leads to a more sustainable and impactful practice. This not only conserves resources and energy but also lessens the reliance on recycling and composting systems, which, as noted, come with their own sets of challenges.

Ultimately, refilling is a proactive step towards reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability. It encourages a shift in consumer behavior that, if adopted widely, could lead to substantial positive impacts on waste reduction and resource conservation, aligning more closely with the ideals of a circular economy.

Enter Wasteless Pantry: your go-to for ditching the packaging drama and achieving sustainable grocery shopping. We make refilling easy and fun, so you can skip the recycling guesswork and do your bit for the planet with every shop, whether it is in-store or online.

Eco-Friendly E-Waste Recycling in Western Australia

Recycling e-waste in Western Australia is not just a responsible choice—it’s a friendly nudge towards a greener planet! The Waste Authority WA emphasizes the importance of this, given the potential risks to our health and environment. E-waste can be anything from your old TV and computer to mobile phones and large appliances. Thankfully, our state is all for initiatives that cut down on waste and make the most out of these discarded items, aiming for a sustainable, low-waste future.

Joining this eco-friendly mission, Total Green Recycling is at the forefront, offering a whole suite of services to tackle e-waste. They’re passionate about turning over 3,000 tonnes of our old gadgets into valuable materials each year, helping us step closer to a circular economy where nothing goes to waste.

And for our mobile phones, there’s MobileMuster, a super convenient, free recycling program that welcomes all brands and types. It’s a simple way to ensure the precious materials in our phones get a second chance, available for drop-off at any Australia Post.

Recycling e-waste does wonders beyond just clearing out space at home. It conserves precious resources, saves energy, and cuts down on emissions and pollution. Recovering materials like copper, gold, and palladium from e-waste not only preserves these resources but also means less mining and processing new materials, which is a win for the planet!

What can you do?

Eager to contribute? Finding your nearest e-waste recycling center or drop-off point in the Perth metro area is a breeze with the “Recycle Right” tool. Just pop in your address and find out where you can take your e-waste for recycling.

For more great tips and details on where to recycle your e-waste in Western Australia, check out the following resources:

And if you’re curious about what other recycling miracles you can perform, swing by Wasteless Pantry. They’re always ready to share knowledge on how you can make even more environmentally friendly choices!

How to Make a Sustainable Mocha & Vanilla Body Scrub Using Bulk Ingredients

In the world of beauty and self-care, sustainability is more than just a buzzword—it’s a necessary shift in how we approach our daily routines. This was the theme of our recent Body Scrub Workshop, where we introduced a delightful Mocha & Vanilla Body Scrub recipe. This recipe not only promises a luxurious skincare experience but also stands as a testament to reducing beauty packaging waste by utilizing ingredients from Wasteless Pantry, a bulk food store.

Why Choose Bulk Ingredients for Beauty?

Opting for bulk ingredients from stores like Wasteless Pantry serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it significantly reduces packaging waste, contributing to a more sustainable environment. Secondly, it allows you to get just the right amount of each ingredient, ensuring freshness and reducing waste.

Sustainable Mocha & Vanilla Body Scrub Recipe

This recipe is a fantastic way to repurpose your coffee grounds after enjoying your morning brew. Coffee grounds are known for their excellent exfoliating properties and can help rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. Here’s how you can make this eco-friendly body scrub:


  • 3 Tbsp used coffee grounds, drained and cooled
  • 5 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cacao powder


  1. Combine the Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, mix the coffee grounds, raw sugar, coconut sugar, fine salt, vanilla powder, and cacao powder. These ingredients not only exfoliate but also bring their unique benefits. For example, the caffeine in coffee grounds can tighten the skin, while cacao powder is rich in antioxidants.
  2. Add the Coconut Oil: Melt the coconut oil and mix it into the dry ingredients. Coconut oil is excellent for moisturizing and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
  3. Mix Thoroughly: Ensure all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should have a gritty texture, perfect for exfoliation.
  4. Store Properly: Transfer your body scrub to an airtight container. You can reuse an old beauty product jar, further contributing to the zero-waste initiative.

Using Your Mocha & Vanilla Body Scrub

To use, gently rub a small amount of the scrub on your skin in a circular motion, then rinse. It’s suitable for use once or twice a week, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and rejuvenated.


This Mocha & Vanilla Body Scrub is more than just a skincare product; it’s a statement in support of sustainable beauty practices. By choosing ingredients from Wasteless Pantry, you’re not just caring for your skin—you’re also taking a step towards a more sustainable and waste-free world.

Remember, sustainable beauty is about making small changes that add up to a significant impact. Try this recipe and feel good not only about how your skin feels but also about the choices you’re making for our planet.